ROCKLAND — The 29th annual North Atlantic Blues Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, in Harbor Park. As always, the first day’s festival performances will be followed by the Saturday nightclub crawl downtown. Tickets for either Saturday or the entire weekend waive cover charges at the clubs that night; there also will be bands playing on Main Street, which is closed to traffic that night.

NABF performers are: Anthony Geraci & The Boston Allstars, Chris Cain, Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, Danielle Nicole Band, Ruthie Foster, King Solomon Hicks, Nora Jean Wallace, Albert Castiglia, Tinsley Ellis, Tommy Castro, and, playing between acts both days, Tas Cru & Mary Ann Casale.

The Midcoast Music Academy Blues Camp will open the festival Sunday, July 17, at 10:30 a.m. And blues fills the city the Friday night before NABF as many of the local and regional bluesmakers that play the Saturday night club crawl perform previews. After the fest wraps up Sunday, there is the traditional All-Star Jam at the Grey Owl Bar & Grill at Trade Winds Inn, which hosts Monday Night Blues concerts almost year-round (one of the exceptions: the Monday after the fest).

For those without advance tickets, admission bracelets are $45 either day, $75 for a weekend pass, at the gate for adults; there is a daily gate fee of $5 for children age 6 to 12, free for younger kids. Gates open 9 a.m. both days, rain or shine; bring lawn chairs, blankets and sunscreen; leave coolers, sun umbrellas, tents, pets and alcohol at home. There are food and merchandise vendors on site. For more information, visit

Tommy Castro Photo by Victoria Smith