Mardi Gras party ahead

Canada’s top touring blues hits Midcoast

Feb 08, 2013

Rockland — The Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, Feb. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. with JW-Jones, Canada’s top touring blues act. Admission is $10.

Nineteen countries, four continents and seven CDs — Canada's JW-Jones knows how to play the numbers; his latest CD, mixed by multi-Juno Award-winning Steve Dawson, is titled “Seventh Hour.” Jones has cut records from Hollywood to Sun Studios in Memphis. Guitar World Magazine featured a CD called “Guitar Masters Vol. 2” that put Jones alongside guitar stars B.B. King, Jimmy Page and Carlos Santana among others.

While keeping one foot firmly planted in the roots he came from, this Maple Blues Award winner believes that appealing to a younger audience is the most important way to ensure the evolution of blues-based music. Musicians  who tour with Jones — Jansen Richard on drums and Laura Greenberg, laying down heavy bass grooves — add a powerful energy to the stage. Jones continues to win over audiences across the globe with his high-energy live performances.

For more information on the weekly series, visit the Time Out Pub Blues link at

Mardi Gras Dance Party

On Friday, Feb. 22, there will be a special blues concert and dance party featuring Rosie Ledet "The Zydeco Sweetheart" and the Zydeco Playboys at the Samoset Resort, 220 Warrenton St. in Rockport. Doors will open 7 p.m. and the dancing will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, $200 for a table of 10. There will be a big dance floor, cash bar and the opportunity to dress up as desired. For tickets, call Paul Benjamin at 596-6055. For information on the special Mardi Gras Party room rates, call the Samoset at 594-2511.

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

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