Jazzy and Irish tunes will fill Rock City Café, 316 Main St., the last weekend of August. Music runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on show nights.

On Friday, Aug. 26, Rock City will present the New Shades of Blue, whose members of began playing together 18 years ago when they met as students of the University of Maine at Augusta’s Jazz and Contemporary Music program. They continued to perform together in various groups until the band was formed in its present configuration in 2008.

Since then, New Shades of Blue has enjoyed an extensive playing schedule in Midcoast and Downeast Maine, pleasing audiences with an eclectic mix of old time jazz favorites, blues, original compositions and sometimes reggae. The core of New Shades of Blue is Juliane Gardner, lead vocalist and rhythm guitar; Chris Poulin, lead guitar, vocals and flute; and Ezra Rugg, acoustic and electric bass. Depending on the occasion, the band functions as a trio or a quartet, adding Mark Macksoud on percussion; and, sometimes, additional piano, trumpet or sax.

Saturday night, Aug. 27, Rock City Café will host another of its periodic traditional Irish sessions, gatherings of local musicians and music lovers for an informal evening of traditional Irish tunes and a few songs. The vast repertoire of Irish music is known far and wide, and musicians come together to play the tunes they know in common and see what comes from their musical "conversation."

Food is available until closing. For more information on these and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123 or find it on Facebook.

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