The Bill Barnes Trio will offer a jazzy oasis in the middle of the busy holiday weekend Saturday night, Nov. 28, at The Speakeasy, under the Eclipse Restaurant, 2 Park Drive. Cover charge is $3 for the show, which begins 8 p.m.

Although jazz has always been his passion, guitarist Barnes began his professional career in the late ‘60s as a backup musician for touring R&B recording acts. He has opened for a diverse lineup of top acts including Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show, Dobie Gray, Tommy James and the Shondells, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Henderson, Betty Wright, Peaches & Herb, The Turtles, KC and the Sunshine Band and Curtis Mayfield.

The Rockland show, coinciding with the city’s Festival of Lights, marks Barnes’ fifth anniversary of moving to Maine. Playing with him in the trio will be Spike Hyssong on standup bass and Jeff Densmore on drums. They will perform Barnes’ jazz versions of popular Christmas music to herald in the holidays. For more information, visit

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