After a Labor Day break, the city’s blues concerts at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., will re-start for the fall Monday, Sept. 9, with Harper performing from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $15.

An amalgamation of blues, rock, funk, soul and world music, Australian singer/songwriter Harper creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica and didgeridoo.

By combining traditional and modern influences, borrowing from Western and aboriginal music, Harper has created a highly original take on the roots genre that many have labeled World Blues. His innovative use of electronic enhancement and feedback breaks the traditional boundaries of the harmonica, giving his music its distinctive harmonics and effects.

Powerful guitar sounds and the unique drone of the didgeridoo create raw yet eerie sonic textures, somehow sounding primal and contemporary at the same time. Harper is backed by his Michigan-based band Midwest Kind.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: Sept. 16, Eddie Shaw and the Wolf Gang ($15); Sept. 23, Bobby Messano ($10); and, Sept. 30, Maine’s own Blues Prophets, throwing a CD release party ($10). Looking ahead, Shemekia Copeland will play a Blue Ball Friday, Oct. 4, at the Samoset Resort; the evening will open at 7 p.m. with the Belfast-based Juke Rockets. Tickets are $25, $200 for a table of 10; call Paul Benjamin for tickets art 593-9336. For more information about blues in Rockland, visit

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