The weekly Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue July 11 with the Lionel Young Band. The music will run from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room; admission is $10 at the door.

Lionel Young is a high-energy performer with a bent for the blues and who has bent his talent on violin to fit the genre. The Lionel Young Band is the winner of the 2011 International Blues Challenge; add that to young’s victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo category and it makes him the first double champion in the history of the competition.

Young has had the honor of working with such show biz luminaries as Count Basie, Stevie Wonder, Jimmy Paige/Robert Plant, Doc Severenson, Linda Ronstadt, Living Color, Billy Taylor, Woodie Herman, Stanley Turrentine, Homesick James, Homer Brown, Hamlet Bluiett, Chief Bae and Johnny Long.

July 11 also is the last day advance tickets for the 18th annual North Atlantic Blue Festival are available. Set for Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 in Harbor Park, this year’s fest features blues crossover star Robert Cray as the headliner, closing a two-day festival that will include a tribute to the Chicago blues and a Saturday night club crawl.

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; and the Saturday night club crawl offers regional performers.

Advance tickets are $25 either day and $50 for the weekend pass; bracelets will be $35 and $70 at the gate. Local outlets are Huston-Tuttle in Rockland and HAV II in Camden. Advance tickets also are sold online at and 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.

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