The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Sept. 27 with Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $15 at the door.

Winners of the Band Of The Year Blues Music Award in both 2009 and 2007, Chicago slide guitar master Lil’ Ed Williams and his blistering, road-tested band The Blues Imperials — guitarist Mike Garrett, bassist James “Pookie” Young and drummer Kelly Littleton — are celebrating an amazing 20 years together. The band’s live energy is legendary, from foot-stomping boogies to emotionally charged slow blues to rocked out celebrations.

Williams boasts a direct bloodline to blues history: his uncle and musical mentor was the great Chicago slide guitarist, songwriter and recording artist J.B. Hutto. His storybook rise took him from working in a car wash to entertaining thousands of fans all over the world. He made multiple appearances on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” including a hilarious film with Williams teaching O’Brien how to play the blues, culminating with Lil’ Ed on stage jamming with O’Brien in front of a television audience in the millions.

With their award-winning “Full Tilt” CD and a schedule that takes the band across the country and across the ocean, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials continue to rip, roar, rock, roll, bend and fully tilt into the hearts, minds, souls and dancing shoes of Ed Heads all around the world.

Upcoming performers in the Monday night series are John Primer, Oct. 4; JoAnne Shaw Taylor, Oct. 11; Deb Callahan, Oct. 18; and James Armstrong, Oct. 25. Schedule is subject to change.

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