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Chicago blues on the Midcoast

Nov 14, 2017
Studebaker John

Rockland — The Monday Night Blues series continues Nov. 27 with a 7 p.m. show by the Studebaker John Band in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission will be $15 at the door.

It’s been awhile since Studebaker John Grimaldi last brought his original smokin’ blues/rock, incorporating Chicago, boogie, swamp, swing and harmonica blues, to town. Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7.

Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, he began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the 1970s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and also was intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks.

A performance by Hound Dog Taylor inspired Grimaldi to learn slide guitar. Studebaker John built a reputation as a performer with an exciting, propulsive guitar style and also developed into a fine blues harpist and vocalist. He is a sought-after sideman and session musician, as well as a successful songwriter and performing artist on his own. He has put out more than a dozen albums of all original music; the latest, “Eternity’s Descent,” came out last year.

The weekly series wraps up 2017 with two annual concert events: Dec. 4, the Road to Memphis fundraiser, this year for Between Dead Stations ($10); and Dec. 11, the Blues Year Eve Party with Maurice John Vaughn Band ($15; dress-up last show of the year). For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link; call 596-6055 or email bluesman@midcoast.com.

New Year’s Eve Party ahead

The annual blues dance party is set for Sunday Night, Dec. 31, at the Trade Winds Inn, 2 Park Drive, featuring Eliza Neals and the Narcotics with Howard Glazer. The $149-plus-tax-per-couple package includes room, dance, party favors, champagne toast, continental breakfast and use of pool and hot tub; tickets to just the dance party are $30, $50 per couple. For more information and to sign up, call Paul Benjamin at 596-6055.

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