No-nonsense blues in Rockland

Feb 06, 2014
Photo by: Jason Adams Juke Joint 5

Rockland — The weekly blues series continues Feb. 17 with a 7 p.m. show featuring the Juke Joint 5. Admission at the door will be $10.

The Juke Joint 5 focuses on the sounds one might have heard emerging in the early 1950s from some distant, static-crackling, late-night radio station: jumped-up urban rhythm and blues; the raw Delta country sound, just recently getting electrified in Chicago; Memphis rockabilly; and the primitive beginnings of rock ‘n’ roll.

The band’s high-energy vocals are provided by Gretchen Bostrom, performing the JJ5’s wide range of songs by Ruth Brown, Louis Jordan, LaVern Baker, Don Covay, Big Mama Thornton, Little Richard, Slim Harpo and other such classic blues/R&B performers. Joining her are two old pro blues players. Silvertone Steve is a slide guitar master and veteran of J.B. Hutto’s band; and gritty saxman Dick “the Poet” Lourie performed frequently with the late Big Jack Johnson. John Bunszell on bass and drummer Noah Teshu make up the band’s solid rhythm section.

The tight-knit and busy Boston-based group works together on other projects that have grown out of the deeply shared commitment to their style of blues including regular visits to Clarksdale, Miss., in the heart of the Delta, where Bostrum and Lourie perform with local blues musicians.

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

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