Messano returns for Monday blues

Feb 21, 2013
Bobby Messano

Rockland — The Monday night blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, March 4, from 7 to 10 p.m. with Bobby Messano and his band, who was last in town for the annual New Year’s Eve blues dance party. Admission is $10.

The Jersey blues rocker’s 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 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. Messano released his latest, “That’s Why I Don’t Sing the Blues,” last summer.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: March 18, Mississippi Heat ($15); and March 25, Samantha Fish ($15). For more information, visit and click on the Time Out Blues link. Also on the site is information about this summer’s North Atlantic Blues Festival, July 13 and 14. Fish is part of the Saturday lineup; headliner is the great Mavis Staples. Advance blues festival tickets are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend.

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

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