The Monday night blues will continue Monday, Aug. 30 at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Kenny Neal will play a CD release party from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission at the door will be $15.

Born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, Neal grew up around the blues greats of the day and joined his father’s, the late blues harpist Raful Neal, band at age 13. Four years later, he was recruited and toured extensively as Buddy Guy’s bass player. He spent a number of years in Canada, performing with the Neal Brothers Band and fronting the Downchild Blues Band, before returning to Baton Rouge to begin his solo career.

In the early 1990s, starred on Broadway in the acclaimed musical play “Mule Bone,” a rediscovered 1930 work by poet Langston Hughes and folklorist Zora Neale Hurston that featured music written by Taj Mahal. Neal was given the Theater World Award for Most Outstanding New Talent On and Off Broadway.

Neal’s theatrical experience and growing up in the blues community combine in “Neal’s Place,” a local cable TV program he began when he relocated to California’s Bay Area a half-dozen years ago. The unscripted shows, filmed before a live audience, feature talking and jamming with other blues performers, including some of the elders Neal knew as a child. The award-winning show is Web cast at air times on

The title track of Neal’s last album, “Let Life Flow,” won the 2009 Blues Music Award for Song of the Year. His next, which he will preview at Time Out, is “Hooked on Your Love.”

The following night, Tuesday, Aug. 31, blues piano star Marcia Ball will play an intimate evening at Time Out. At press time, this show was sold out. For more information, call 596-6055 or send e-mail to

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