Monday Night Blues returns

Jan 30, 2014
Photo by: Christian Rock Junior Watson

Rockland — The city’s long-running weekly blues series returns from its winter hiatus Feb. 10 with a 7 p.m. show featuring Junior Watson and the Matthew Stubbs Band. Admission at the door will be $15.

With nearly 30 years of experience, Watson has reached cult status by blending diverse styles to create one all his own. One of the most original guitar voices to come along in years, Watson often adds a cartoon-like twist to his mastery of blues and swing. A founding member of The Mighty Flyers, he also was a 10-year member of Canned Heat and then toured with LA-based harmonica player/vocalist Lynwood Slim. All along the way, he has backed up and recorded with the who's-who of the blues including Big Mama Thorton, George Smith, Jimmy Rogers, Shakey Jake, Luther Tucker, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, William Clark and more.

The ax-wielding Stubbs performs with the legendary Charlie Musselwhite Band, as well as his own Matthew Stubbs Band, often with Cambridge-based Gordon “Sax Gordon” Beadle as special guest. As a bandleader and composer, Stubbs has earned himself a reputation for penning soul-drenched roots and blues guitar instrumentals. In addition to playing with Musselwhite, Stubbs has toured and recorded with many top blues and soul acts including Watson.

Coming up on the Midcoast blues calendar is a Mardi Gras dance party featuring The Crawdaddies Friday, Feb. 21, beginning 7:30 p.m. at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at door; $150 advance for table of 10. To reserve and for more information, call 596-6055.

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

Matthew Stubbs (Photo by: Josh Hathaway)
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