Folk, blues in the Velvet Lounge

Mar 18, 2013
Bob Stuart accompanies himself on guitar and banjo and also sings a cappella.

Rockland — On Friday, March 22, Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge series will welcome Bob Stuart, who has made his home here in the Midcoast for the last 25 years. He was brought to the area while touring and was immediately enamored by it beauty and musical community.

Stuart performed for many years in Camden’s former Thirsty Whale Tavern and in venues up and down the coast. He recorded his album “Rainbow’s End” in 1981 and continues to write and perform using Rockland as his home base.  His songs have been recorded by many artists and is warmly received by those who hear his rich baritone voice and his selection of traditional songs and original material.

On Saturday, March 23, Rock City Cafe's Velvet Lounge presents the Wicked Blues Band, the current project developed by Jason Simonds (vocals) and Patrick Ginnaty (lead guitar). Ginnaty is no stranger to the Rockland blues scene and has jammed with all of the notable blues musicians of Midcoast Maine. Annette Rundall (bass) and Bill Rice (drums) round out the full and rich sound this act has put together. Upbeat and energetic, the only thing that distinguishes this group as blues are those signature soulful rhythms.

The music will play from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rock City Cafe, 316 Main St. 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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