ROCKLAND — The North Atlantic Blues Festival returned to Rockland Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, with events around town and live artists on the main stage at Harbor Park and local establishments.

This was the 29th annual festival, and the second since COVID-19.

The festival opened Saturday morning with Anthony Geraci & The Boston Allstars. The crowd, some of whom had been waiting at Harbor Park for hours, got to their feet for the opening act’s appearance on stage, and the dance floor quickly filled up.

Missy Poulin of Thomaston, who volunteers at the festival every year, said she was pleased to be back and thought the festival had a good turnout this year.

Denis Beaudry of Appleton said this was his first time attending the North Atlantic Blues Festival. Beaudry said the music was good, but what he really enjoyed was the social interactions with the crowd and watching the setup.

Mary Ann Gargan and Terri Sukeforth of Rockland worked the admission booth, as both said they do every year.

Gargan said the annual music festival was her favorite thing.

Sukeforth said it was a family affair for her, as she and all her siblings work the festival each year for their father Paul Benjamin.

Benjamin and Jamie Isaacson organize the North Atlantic Blues Festival each year.

The next acts on Saturday were Chris Cain, Billy Branch & the Sons of Blues, Danielle Nicole Band and Ruthie Foster.

Tas Cru & Mary Ann Casale performed between acts on both Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday night was the annual club crawl, where Rockland Main Street was closed to vehicle traffic and musicians performed outside along Main Street and in various establishments while attendants danced the night away.

Bonnie Edwards & The Practical Cats performed in front of Key Bank, Matt and The Barnburners played in front of Museum Street, and Annie and the Rainmakers were in front of Limerock Street.

River Bottom Funk played by Ada’s Kitchen, the Blind Albert Jam performed on Oak Street next to Fog Bar & Cafe and Downeast Soul Coalition, Eric Green Party and Bad Daddy performed inside establishments.

Sunday, the show started off with King Solomon Hicks, followed by Nora Jean Wallace, Albert Castiglia, Tinsley Ellis and Tommy Castro.

The festival ended with the annual all-star jam at 7 p.m. at the Grey Owl, hosted by Matt and the Barnburners.

The 2022 North Atlantic Blues Festival opened Saturday, July 16 with Anthony Geraci & The Boston Allstars. Photo by Christine Simmonds

The dance floor filled up quickly once the music started at the 2022 North Atlantic Blues Festival Saturday, July 16. Photo by Christine Simmonds

From left: Terri Sukeforth and Mary Ann Gargan of Rockland work the admission booth at the 2022 North Atlantic Blues Festival. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Denis Beaudry of Appleton enjoys the music at the 2022 North Atlantic Blues Festival. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Missy Poulin of Thomaston sells raffle tickets to win signed guitars at the 2022 North Atlantic Blues Festival. Photo by Christine Simmonds

Music lovers dance in the street during the 2022 North Atlantic Blues Festival club crawl Saturday, July 16. Photo by Christine Simmonds