The weekly Monday Night Blues series will conclude for the year Dec. 14 with a 7 p.m. Blues Year’s Eve show by Johnny Rawls in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission at the door will be $10 for an evening many take as an excuse to dress up and celebrate.

Rawls was born and raised in Mississippi and has done it all: producing; songwriting; horn arranging; rhythm, lead and bass guitar; keyboard; vocals and background vocals. He began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations.

In the mid-1970s, Rawls went to work for O.V. Wright as his band director. After Wright's death in 1980, Rawls led Little Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording. To date, Rawls has released more than a dozen albums under his name and has received multiple Blues Music Awards nominations. In last year’s 21st annual Living Blues Awards Critics' Poll, he was named Most Outstanding Blues Singer; and his album “Remembering O.V.” was named in the Best Blues Albums of the Year 2013 for New Recordings/ Southern Soul.

The weekly series will return sometime this winter. For more information, visit and click on the Time Out Blues link. On actual New Year’s Eve — Thursday, Dec. 31 — the annual New Year’s Eve Blues Party at the Trade Winds Inn, Park Drive, will feature the Slam Allen Band. Tickets are $229 plus tax per couple and include a room, use of the pool and hot tub, four-course dinner, dance, party favors, champagne toast and breakfast. For more information and to reserve, contact Paul Benjamin at 596-6055 or