The Juke Rockets will bring their some rockin’ blues to the Camden Amphitheatre Thursday, July 6, at 7 p.m. Camden Public Library’s free Summer Music and Movies Series is sponsored by Camden National Bank, with additions support from Mid-Coast Limo.

Ten years into crankin’ out the blues, 2017 promises to be a great year for the Midcoast’s  Juke Rockets Blues Band. Winners of the Maine Blues Society’s Road to Memphis competition in 2012, 2013 and 2015, the Juke Rockets have represented Maine in the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge three times. They also were three-times awarded the People’s Choice Award in Waldo County; and have performed at the annual Women in Blues Jam in Memphis since 2013.

The band has opened for such stellar acts as Shemekia Copeland, Teeny Tucker and Sugar Ray and The Blue Tones, as well as playing dead-center Main Street for the North Atlantic Blues Festival Pub Crawl since 2007. From New Year’s Eve shows in downtown Bangor to appearances at Hollywood Casino, the band commands an enthusiastic following throughout central and eastern Maine and beyond.

Powerhouse lead vocalist Carlene Thornton fronts a tight unit driven by the bass and percussion tandem of founding member Steve Mellor on bass and Bill Batty Jr on drums, while guitarist John Dunham plays the tastiest guitar licks north of the chitlin circuit. The band released its first album of original songs, “Hungry Soul,” in 2015.

The Juke Rockets have played fundraisers for Habitat For Humanity, Autism Awareness, Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, Susan Koman Benefits, Gary Owens House, the Cancer Support Center and the Belfast YMCA.

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs … and their dancing shoes.

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