The lineup for the 2011 North Atlantic Blues Festival is just about set in stone, and tickets are on sale. The 18th annual fest is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 in Harbor Park.

Blues/pop crossover star Robert Cray will be the headliner, closing a two-day festival that will feature a tribute to the Chicago blues.

The lineup is as follows. Saturday’s music, which will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature live performances by Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues, Magic Slim and the Teardrops and a Brooks Family Reunion bring together Lonnie, Ronnie and Wayne Brooks.

Sunday’s music, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will feature performances by Trampled Underfoot, James Armstrong, Toni Lynn Washington, Eric Bibb and Cray. Gina Sicilia with Dave Gross will play the side stage between acts; artists and times are subject to change.

Festival tickets are on sale online at Cost is $25 either Saturday or Sunday, July 16 or 17; $50 for the weekend pass; and $100 for weekend pass with reserved seating in front of the stage. Tickets also may be purchased by sending check or money order with a self- addressed stamped envelope to North Atlantic Blues Festival, 70 Lake Ave., Rockland, ME 04841. For more information, call 596-6055.

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