Blues at the Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will conclude for the year on a special night. Blues cowboy Anthony Gomes will perform Thursday, Dec. 9 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $15 at the door.

Anthony Gomes and the New Soul Cowboys feature the award-winning, tough rockin’ soulful singer/guitarist and his rough ‘n’ tumble Nashville-based outfit. Drawing on the musical core that links blues, rock, soul and country, the band mines rock, blues, country and gospel in its soul sonic force.

“First and foremost, we are Southern rock … we’re like a hillbilly Guns N Roses,” said Gomes.

The group’s Southern rock credentials are unquestionable. Gomes has shared the stage with Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich, James Otto and blues legends BB King and Buddy Guy. The group also tears it up live and has played shows with Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, the Doobie Brothers and Cross Canadian Ragweed, among others.

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 dernest@villagesoup.com.