The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Oct. 25 with James Armstrong. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $10 at the door for this, the series’ annual Halloween party night.

Guitarist, singer and songwriter Armstrong was born to play the blues: his mother was a blues singer, and his father played jazz guitar. As a child, he absorbed the sounds and lessons of his father’s friends, who includes Irving Ashby, Nat King Cole’s guitarist. Armstrong formed his first band in the seventh grade and by age of 17, he was touring the country. Today he travels the world and continues to infuse his voice and guitar playing with his unique personal history, raw instincts and seasoned skills.

Known as an artist who respects the solid foundation of the blues tradition, Armstrong keeps the genre alive by injecting a contemporary groove into everything he does. He credits Jimi Hendrix and Robert Cray as singing influences and Albert Collins, Albert King and Eric Clapton as guitarists who constantly inspire him.

As both a songwriter and performer, Armstrong knows how to weave a variety of moods and atmospheres into his shows, a skill translates well to the screen. Several of his songs have been chosen for movie soundtracks including “Bank of Love,” used in both the Martin Sheen movie “Hear No Evil” and in “The Florentine”; and “Two Sides to Every Story” was featured in the Michael Keaton, Geena Davis flick “Speechless.”

Next up in the Monday night series is Delta Moon, Nov. 1 ($10).

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