The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue June 13 with Kirsten Thien. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $10 at the door.

Kirsten Thien has carved out a distinctive contemporary Blues sound that travels the highway between Chicago in 1955, Memphis in 1969 and present-day New York City, her home base. Her soulful delivery and insightful and sensual songs have earned her international press and radio airplay and comparisons to everyone from Keb’ Mo’ to Sheryl Crow. Fiery blues and R&B singer/guitarist Thien stakes her claim as a contemporary wild woman while putting a decidedly modern spin on the description.

Thien was born on an Army base in Berlin and spent her childhood in Maine, singing at church in the “Northern Baptist” style. Her music was transformed with the discovery of Aretha Franklin, traditional New Orleans jazz and the classic women blues singers of the 1920s while attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The thrill of performing in public compelled her to abandon the pursuit of a lucrative career in banking and investment for a creative one in singing and songwriting.

Next up in the weekly series will be Johnny Childs June 20 ($10). The 18th annual North Atlantic Blue Festival 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. Festival tickets are on sale online at; by sending check or money order with a self-addressed stamped envelope to North Atlantic Blues Festival, 70 Lake Ave., Rockland, ME 04841; or at local outlets Huston-Tuttle in Rockland and HAV II in Camden. For more information, call 596-6055.

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