The Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, Aug. 5, from 7 to 10 p.m. with Albert Cummings. Admission is $10.

Breaking blues clichés while producing powerful music comes as natural to Cummings as swinging a hammer, as he does while constructing award-winning, custom-built homes. The Massachusetts native learned the requisite three chords on the guitar from his father, but then switched to playing banjo at age 12 and became a fan of bluegrass music. After winning several picking contests in high school, he heard the early recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan and was floored; in college, he saw Vaughan perform and returned to the guitar with a new outlook and resolve.

The series continues Aug. 12 with Anthony Gomes ($15); Aug. 19, Johnny Rawls ($10); (Friday, 6 p.m.) Aug. 23, Lucky Peterson ($15); Aug. 26, Mississippi Heat ($15); and (Wednesday) Aug. 28, Charlie A'Court ($10). There will be no show on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 2. For more information, visit

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