The Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will continue Monday, July 1, from 7 to 10 p.m. with Joe Moss. Admission is $10.

One of the hardest-working performers on the Windy City circuit, guitarist/bandleader Moss routinely works up to 28 gigs a month. His sound, a winning mix of blues and R&B flavors paired with original songwriting vision, can be heard blasting out of Chicago venues such as Buddy Guy's Legends and House of Blues on a regular basis, and his stinging guitar and accomplished vocal style have won him fans citywide.

A guitarist since age15, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed Moss at a jam session at Rosa's Blues Lounge on Chicago's west side. Soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Buddy's Rib Tip band; he also toured Spain with Scott and recorded with him. Moss' guitar skills made him an in-demand sideman and he played gigs with nearly every bluesman and -woman in the city. Not merely a local hotshot, Moss backed these artists in Canada, Turkey, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France and Germany.

With the Joe Moss Band, Moss is finally able to do things his way and express the music he has been writing. Not just an imitator of the music's glorious past, he strives to find his own sound and material within the styles he chooses to play. His band features some of Chicago's finest blues musicians.

Up next in the weekly series is an unusual offering — a blues band from Sweden on July 8, the last Monday show before the annual North Atlantic Blues Festival. For more information on the weekly series, visit, which also has the scoop about this summer’s festival, July 13 and 14; headliner is the great Mavis Staples. Advance blues festival tickets, sold through Monday, July 8, are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend. Tickets are available online or at Huston-Tuttle, Rockland; and HAV II, Camden.

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