Jersey blues/rock rings in the new

Dec 26, 2012
Photo by: Chuck Ryan Bobby Messano

Rockland — The annual New Year’s Eve Blues Party Monday, Dec. 31 at the Trade Winds Motor Inn on Park Drive offers the chance to dance away 2012 in blues style.

Featured performer will be Jersey blues rocker Bobby Messano and his band. Messano played in New Jersey club bands from the time that he was 14 and by the mid-1970s, he had become rather well known. His first big break came when Craig Leon and Seymour Stein of now famous Sire Records tried to sign him to a solo deal. He declined but as fate would have it soon auditioned, as lead singer and guitarist into a band named Stanky Brown that was on the road opening for Kansas. The band toured constantly, also opening for The Allman Brothers, Outlaws, Boston, Beach Boys, Steve Miller and more.

Messano went on to join the world famous Starz, which opened for Rush, Ted Nugent, Styx and others. Then he settled into the session scene in New York, recording with Clarence Clemmons and playing on many of the fledgling MTV jingles and drops including “The Basement Tapes” theme. In between all of this he took six months to do a European/UK tour with Steve Winwood. His blues rock cred kept on growing; in 1989, he released the first of his critically acclaimed solo albums. His first live album, 2010’s “Bobby Messano Live at Madison” got a first-round Grammy nomination. He released his latest, “That’s Why I Don’t Sing the Blues,” this summer. Messano and his trusty sidekick and bassist extraordinaire Steve Geller are joined on tour by one of a talented stable of drummers.

The festivities will begin at 7 p.m. with a four-course dinner, followed by dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. The tab of $199 plus tax per couple includes all of the above plus use of the pool and hot tub and a full New Year’s Day breakfast buffet. Space is limited; to reserve, call North Atlantic Blues Festival co-founder Paul Benjamin at 596-6055.

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

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