The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Nov. 29 with the JP Blues Band. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $10 at the door.

The man that goes by the moniker JP Blues started playing guitar as an 8-year-old boy; by the time he was 10, his talent was recognized by legendary bluesman Sam “Bluzman” Taylor, who took JP under his wing. By age 11, JP was playing large festivals throughout the country with Taylor, Phil Grande and MNB3, opening for such artists as Derek Trucks, Johnny Winter, Robben Ford, Joe Bonamassa and Cactus, among others.

In addition, JP had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such legendary artists as Michael Falzarano (Hot Tuna), Chris Beard, Debbie Davies, Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), Buddy Cage (New Riders), Caroline Aiken, Geoff Ackerson, Jon Paris, Kerry Kearney (Marty Balin), Scott Holt (Buddy Guy) and many more.

Having grown into a legitimate blues man, JP joined with industry veteran drummer Pat Adkins (Gary U.S. Bonds, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, BB King) and amazing young bassist John Young to lay the foundation for the JP Blues band. Their first conquest was winning the competitive Long Island Blues Society Blues Challenge, which sent the JP Blues Band to the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.

Things have continues to roll for the band. JP’s searing, soulful blues guitar, backed by the solid rhythm section of Young and Adkins, makes the JP Blues Band a unique mixture of hard rocking edge and gut tearing blues.

The weekly series continues with the annual Blues Year Eve dress-up party Dec. 6 with Andrew Jr. Boy Jones ($10); and a special Thursday show Dec. 9 by Anthony Gomes ($15). The non-smoking shows are subject to change; for more information, call 593-9336 or send e-mail to

New Year’s Eve blues

Blues lovers can ring in 2011 with Johnny Rawls, 2010 winner of the Best Soul Blues  Album Blues Music Award, Friday, Dec. 31 at the Trade Winds Motor Inn, 2 Park Drive. Cost is $199 plus tax per couple and includes room, dinner, dance, party favors, champagne toast, breakfast and use of the pool and hot tub. Space is limited; for more information or to sign up, contact Paul Benjamin at 596-6055.

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