After a short break, the Blue Café series returns to the downtown Camden Opera House. Everyone is invited to come out of the cold to enjoy a monthly series of intimate performances on the third floor of the historic downtown venue.

The year begins Friday, Jan. 18, with local jazz gurus Wayne DeLano and David Clarke. Award-winning saxophonist DeLano has won more than seven international outstanding performer awards at jazz festivals in the United States and Europe. He has toured with Maynard Ferguson, Joe McBride, Woody Herman and Chaka Kahn; and has performed with countless jazz legends including Michael and Randy Brecker, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, James Moody and others.

Belfast guitarist Clarke toured as far as the Philippines, Japan and Hawaii, before returning to Midcoast Maine in the mid 1980s. Clarke continues to play in as many as 10 local groups, as well as television’s The Nite Show Band.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show will start at approximately 7:30 p.m. Admission is always free (donations welcome), and a cash bar is provided by 40 Paper Bistro and Bar.

Upcoming in the series are: Feb. 15, Midcoast poet Dave Morrison’s annual poetry party; March 15, local bluegrass band Miners Creek; April 19, honky-tonk singer Travis James Humphrey; and May 3, Story Time: Moms Tell All! Blue Café is an intimate performance space on the third floor of the Camden Opera House, showcasing performances you won't see anywhere else.

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