Midcoast blues band the Juke Rockets will help fuel the Red Sox vs. Yankees fire Thursday, July 31, by playing a 90-minute set before the evening baseball game between the Portland Sea Dogs and the Trenton Thunder.

The teams are the AA affiliates of the Boston and New York American League rivals and always draw a big crowd. Bandleader Tim Woitowitz said they were talking about getting tickets and “when we told them we were a blues band, they said to have a blues show before the game would be fabulous!”

The Rockets, which feature Carlene Thornton on lead vocals; Ron Casillo on lead and rhythm guitars and vocals; Steve Mellor on basses, guitar and vocals; and Woitowitz on drums, guitar and vocals — will play in the courtyard at Hadlock Field beginning 5:15 p.m., rain or shine.

The unexpected gig has been shoehorned into a summer schedule crammed with shows. The last weekend of July, they were playing the Bucksport Bay Festival then coming back to Rockland, where the band is a regular at the Summer Solstice and North Atlantic Blues Festival club crawl, to provide blues-to-shuck-by during The Pearl restaurant’s oyster festival. Upcoming gigs include the Blue Hill and Union fairs, the International Festival in Calais and more. As the past two years’ International Blues Challenge champs for Maine, the band is much in demand.

“Things are going really well for us right now,” said Woitowitz.

For more information about the band and to check out its “Down and Dirty tour” schedule, visit jukerockets.com.

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