Gomes comes to rock the blues

Nov 08, 2018
Last year, the European Blues Awards named Anthony Gomes Best Musician/Live Performance. He performs live in Rockland Monday night, Nov. 19.

Rockland — The weekly Monday Night Blues series welcomes back Anthony Gomes for a CD release party Monday night, Nov. 19. Gomes and his band will play a 7 to 10 p.m. show in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission is $20 at the door.

Blues rocker Gomes released his lucky 13th album, “Peace, Love & Loud Guitars,” last month and is in the midst of an international tour. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Gomes relocated to Chicago in the late 1990s and, during a brief stint as a sideman for Magic Slim and the Teardrops, put together his own group, releasing his debut CD in 1998. Twenty years later, Gomes is fully embedded as a guitar-slinger loaded with impressive firepower and strong songwriting skills.

Gomes’ memorable new songs exist somewhere between Willie Dixon and Billy Gibbons. As always, Gomes — who earned a master’s degree with a blues-focused thesis — stands his ground as a creative artist, not a derivative history lesson, and is eager to push the blues back into the mainstream. Gomes has taken his blues to 17 countries and performed with such luminaries as B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Heart, Sammy Hagar, Joe Bonamassa, .38 Special, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Doors open an hour before show time. Next up in the weekly series are: Nov. 26, Karen Lovely Band ($15); Dec. 3, Road to Memphis fundraiser for Matt & the Barnburners ($10); and Dec. 10, the last show of the year, Regina Bonelli and band, playing the annual Blues Year Eve dress-up show ($10).

For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link; visit the Monday Night Blues Facebook page; call 593-9336; or email bluesman@midcoast.com.

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