The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue June 20 with Johnny Childs. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $10 at the door.

The journey that has brought Childs, born Yonah Krohn, to his current standing as the Picasso of blues artists is so intriguing it was turned into a North Country Film Festival award-winning film, “The Junkman’s Son,” released last year.

Born in 1972 to a large, ultra-conservative Orthodox Jewish family, Childs was a runaway outcast by age 12 and spent his early teen years as an entrepreneur, running everything from cleaning companies and painting businesses to dealing drugs. But he also took up playing guitar at this time and began paying his musical dues. At age 30, which is where the documentary ends, Childs is in contention for a W.C. Handy Award. Now fronting his own band, Childs’ strange but spirited journey should not overshadow the fact he is an exceptional blues talent with a unique guitar style and infectious energy.

Up next in the weekly series is Albert Castiglia onĀ  June 27 ($20); there is no show July 4. 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 is 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