The Monday night blues will extend when the popular Ronnie Baker Brooks performs both Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 16 and 17 at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. each night, and admission at the door will be $15.

Son of blues great Lonnie Brooks, who was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame along with luminaries Charlie Musselwhite and Bonnie Raitt this year, the young Chicago blues guitar hero continues to carry the torch from the previous generation of soul and blues greats, moving the music into the future.

Brooks infuses blues-rock with deep soul, modern hip hop vocals and funk rhythms, taking roots sounds and transforming them into something that spans the ages.

“I like to think of how Muddy Waters took the Mississippi blues he heard in his youth and modernized it for his times by making it electric and harder,” Brooks said. “That’s what I’m trying to do for my generation.”

Brooks has earned his spot on the front lines. He spent a dozen years backing his father, watching how the master entertainer drew enthusiastic responses night after night. For years, the younger Brooks put his lessons on stage every night, opening his father’s show to great response. With his father’s blessing, he left the band to strike out on his own in 1998.

Like his father before him, Brooks became a Chicago blues mainstay, playing regularly in Chicago area clubs. After the release of his second album in 2001, he hit the road for what turned out to be a seemingly non-stop three-year tour, picking up devoted new fans all along the way.

Brooks still plays with his father via recordings and sometimes produces for him. In addition to his solo career, the younger Brooks has collaborated with Tommy Castro, Magic Dick and Deanna Bogart in the all-star Legendary Rhythm and Blues Revue. And he will make a guest appearance on Elvin Bishop’s upcoming album “Red Dog Speaks.”

Next up in the series are Professor Louie and the Cromatix Aug. 23 and Kenny Neal Aug 30. A special treat is being offered Tuesday, Aug. 31. 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 $35; call 596-6055 or send e-mail to to reserve.

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