The Monday night blues series is back July 19 with Eddie Kirkland; and July 26 with Roger “Hurricane” Wilson at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Performances run from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission at the door will be $10.

Born in Jamaica and raised in Alabama (until he went off with the Sugar Girls Medicine show at age 12), Kirkland has been dubbed the Gypsy of the Blues. He toured and recorded with John Lee Hooker; was bandleader for Otis Redding; and hit the road with Ruth Brown, Little Richard, Ben King, Little Johnnie Taylor and many more greats. His relentless grit, talent, strength of writing, love of entertaining and devotion to the blues keeps this career bluesman going strong.

Blues guitarist Wilson’s Jersey shore childhood was marked by the destruction of his town by the legendary hurricane Donna. He took up guitar at age 9, started playing the drums soon after. He went to Atlanta for high school and  became taken in by the Memphis Sound of Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, Eddie Floyd and Booker T. & The Mug’s. B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone” hit the airwaves and set Wilson on the course he still follows today.

A couple of years after high school, Wilson’s Roger Wilson Guitar Studio in Georgia had an extensive waiting list of students wanting to learn how to have fun with the instrument, as opposed to suffering with it. With the business up and running, and fed up with playing with mediocre bands, he started the Roger Wilson Band in 1978, which went from the garage to opening shows for people like Albert Collins, 38 Special and various Skynyrd spin-off bands. It was followed by the more economical Roger Wilson & The Low Overhead Band, which did shows with Dickey Betts, Little Feat, Three Dog Night, Leon Russell & Edgar Winter, Marshall Tucker Band and Roomful of Blues.

The stage name, Roger “Hurricane” Wilson, became official during a Washington, D.C. gig and was reflected in his first albums, “Hurricane Blues” and “Live From The Eye Of The Storm” on Hottrax. Wilson since has formed his own label and developed an acoustic sideline to his electric shows.

Next up in the series is the Laurie Moran Band, Aug. 2; and J.P Soars and the Red Hots, Aug. 9 (both $10). A special treat is being offered Monday, Aug. 30. Blues piano star Marcia Ball usually plays big venues — locally, she has been at the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Harbor Park and the Camden Opera House — but for one night only, she will play an intimate evening at the Time Out Pub. Tickets are limited to 100 for this special event and they cost $45.

For more information, call Time Out Pub at 593-9336 or send e-mail to

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to