Blueswoman of Boston pays a visit

Mar 19, 2014
Toni Lynn Washington

Rockland — The weekly blues series continues March 31 with a 7 p.m. show by Toni Lynn Washington. Admission at the door will be $10.

Seven-time Blues Music Award nominee Washington is considered Boston's queen of the blues, and she has a long and storied history on the Beantown club scene. Raised in a procession of gospel choirs in Southern Pines, N.C., Washington performed with classic R&B artists like Sam and Dave and Jackie Wilson throughout the south in her youth. She also made USO tours of the United States and Asia in the 1960s and recorded the Top 50 single "Dear Diary." After two decades off the road and out of the recording studio, Washington returned to performing in 1992 with a 10-piece band. She played the inaugural North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland and made a return visit in 2011.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: April 7, Pat O’Shea Band ($10); April 14, Studebaker John ($10); April 21, Johnny Rawls ($10); and April 28, Harper ($15). For more information, visit and click on the Time Out Blues link. Also on the site is information about this summer’s fest, July 12 and 13. Advance blues festival tickets are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend.

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

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