The weekly Monday night blues series continues July 11 at the downtown Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. The R.B. Stone Band plays the 7 to 10 p.m. show; admission is $10 at the door.

RB Stone is a singer, songwriter and musician based in Nashville. He grew up in a home open to all kinds of music; Bill Withers’ hit “Lean On Me” was the first song he learned, which started the ball rolling in his long blues/boogie composing career. At age 23, after five years of working on the railroad and then managing a plumbing, electric and heating store, he sold everything but a truck, some harps and a guitar and headed to Colorado to be a cowboy and play music. He soon went from sleeping in a barn on an Indian reservation to backcountry horse packing, wrangling horses and entertaining the guests around the campfire.

Independent and flying under the radar, Stone has 15 albums under his belt; toured 32 countries and five continents; and sold more than 40,000 albums, most of them at his shows. His songs have been recorded by artists such as the Marshall Tucker Band; and he’s worked with many major acts, from jazz greats Hiroshima to the Charlie Daniels Band.

Blues festival is coming right up

There is no show the Monday after the 23rd annual North Atlantic Blues Festival concludes. Advance festival tickets, available until Monday, July 11, are $30 for either day or $55 for the full weekend; they will be $40 and $75 at the Harbor Park gate Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17.

This year’s lineup features Elvin Bishop; Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters; Johnny Sansone’s Deep Mud Review featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and John Fohl; Mike Zito and The Wheel; Alexis P. Suter; John Hammond with Bruce Katz; Quinn Sullivan; Daughters of Rhythm and Blues featuring Rhonda Ross and Carla Cooke; Toronzo Cannon; the Blues Caravan featuring Ina Forsman, Layla Zoe and Tasha Taylor and, playing between the main stage acts, Mick Kolasas.

Bracelets for Saturday or the full weekend allow free admission to the participating NABF Club Crawl venues Saturday night, July 16; there also will be bands playing on Main Street, which will be closed to vehicles. Advance tickets are available at locally at Huston-Tuttle in Rockland and K2 Music in Camden; and online at