It’s a Blues Year Eve bash

Nov 30, 2017
Maurice John Vaughn

Rockland — The weekly Monday Night Blues series concludes for the year on Dec. 11 with the annual Blues Year Eve Party. Attendees are invited to dress up for this 2017 send-off, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission is $15 at the door.

This year’s festivities will be fueled by the Maurice John Vaughn Band, led by a Chicago native and true blues original. Vaughn is a guitarist, saxophonist, keyboardist and singer who began playing professionally in 1968 as a saxophonist in Chicago R&B groups. Called a blues poet, Vaughn writes powerful and often humorous songs that spring directly from his vast musical experience, delivered via soulful and passionate vocals.

Vaughan and his band incorporate various influences into a blues and R&B style that moves effortlessly from the full funk of “(Everything I Do) Got to Be Funky” (featured on the “Major League II” soundtrack) to solo acoustic blues. His style is comfortable and inclusive, and a typical show involves a close rapport with the audience — perfect for the intimate space in Rockland.

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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