The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Nov. 8 with Chris Beard. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $10 at the door.

Beard is a modern blues guitarist and singer whose personal connections to the blues were forged in childhood. Born in 1957, Chris Beard is the son of Joe Beard, a fine blues guitarist who grew up on Beale Street in the 1950s before moving to Rochester, N.Y. When family friends like Matt “Guitar” Murphy and Buddy Guy stopped by, the young Beard became their willing pupil.

“I grew up around Buddy Guy and Matt Murphy. The influence of Buddy has been major. All he has to say to me is ‘Keep on doing what you’re doing.’ Matt always told me that the guitar has to become an extension of you. That will always stick with me,” said Beard of his childhood mentors.

After years playing the clubs in and around Rochester, Beard was offered the opportunity to record. In 1998, he released his debut recording, “Barwalkin’,” which earned him a W.C. Handy nomination as Best New Blues Artist. He produced the follow-up disc, “Born To Play The Blues,” in 2001 to the critical acclaim of the blues press. Now dubbed Prince of the Blues, Beard released “Live Wire,” a stirring combination of live and studio performances, in 2005. Last year, released a live DVD.

Beard, a world-class guitarist, has devoted time and energy into establishing his unique and compelling voice. Through it all, his goal has been to follow the will of the music in expressing himself and his feelings.

“It all stems from the music, the beat, the groove. Being of the younger generation, I listened to Motown, Stax, rock, funk, Jimi Hendrix. So my blues has the modern feel of soul, funk and rock … but I never stray away from the blues too much; blues is always at the foundation,” Beard has said.

Up next in the weekly series is Tad Robinson Monday, Nov. 15 ($10). The non-smoking shows are subject to change; for more information, call 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