The Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Memorial Day Monday, May 27, from 7 to 10 p.m. with the Bryan Lee Band. Admission is $10.

Bryan Lee, a New Orleans blues institution, played the North Atlantic Blues Festival in 2010. The Wisconsin-born guitarist and singer was legally blind by age 8, and the man now known as “Braille Blues Daddy” started playing for Midwest crowds at 15. In the late 1950s, Lee opened for Bill Haley & The Comets with his band The Glaciers. By the early 1960s and through the ‘70s, Lee’s musical interest turned to the sound of Chicago blues while touring throughout the Midwest. While on tour in the 1980s, he opened one of its, and his, heroes, Muddy Waters.

Lee has been a fixture of the French Quarter music scene since he moved to New Orleans in 1982. He performed five nights a week for more than 14 years at the Old Absinthe House. After its closing, and the tragedy of Katrina, Lee formed the Blues Power Band and hit the road, touring all over the world.

For more information on the weekly series, visit, which also has the scoop about this summer’s North Atlantic Blues Festival, July 13 and 14; headliner is the great Mavis Staples. Advance blues festival tickets are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or