Friday evening, Aug. 9, Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge series will welcome two local music titans to the stage, Bob Stuart and Paddy Mills.  Stuart writes and performs, using Rockland as his home base, and his songs have been recorded by many artists. He accompanies his rich baritone voice on guitar and banjo, as well as singing a cappella. Singer/songwriter Mills’ songs, and his life, are defined by the tension between his strong rural roots and insatiable wanderlust. Stuart will take the stage at 6 p.m., and Mills will follow from 7 to p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m., the Velvet Lounge will present Nora Cavin's Gold Standards: Songs from the American Songbook. The New York City-born Cavin has been visiting the Midcoast for more than 20 years. She has worked some dozen years as a freelance book editor. She started singing open mics in New York City jazz clubs two and half years ago and presented her first full show last summer here in Rockland. Cavin has since performed in New York with a trio led by thrice-Grammy-nominated jazz pianist Keith Ingham and featuring master jazz bassist and drummer Bob Cunningham and Steve Little. At Rock City, she will be joined by Dick White on guitar and Spike Hyssong on bass.

There is no cover charge, but tipping the musicians is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123.

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