Blind Albert in the Velvet Lounge

Dec 21, 2012
Vince Gabriel performs as Blind Albert all around the state.

Rockland — On Saturday, Dec. 29, Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge will present Blind Albert. the music will run from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rock City Café, 316 Main St.

Vietnam combat veteran, rock and blues man Vincent Gabriel — aka Blind Albert — was born in New Jersey in 1947 and said his father was his first musical influence, the reason he plays music today. In 1966, Gabriel started his first rock band and has been at it ever. Over the past 20 years, he has had the honor to perform and work with blues greats Jimi Rogers, Carey Bell, Kenny Neal, Son Seals, Leon Russell, Big Jack Johnson and more.

As a songwriter, Gabriel has penned well more than 200 songs; one was released as part of 13-CD box set “Next Stop is Vietnam," which also includes songs written about the Vietnam war by Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Steppenwolf, Pete Seeger and many more well-known artists. Vincent will perform songs he has written over the past 40 years, as well as songs his parents used to sing. CDs will be available at the show.

As usual, there is no cover charge; however, tipping the musicians is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123.

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

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