Shaw, Wolf Gang bring New Year’s early

Nov 21, 2012
Photo by: Steve Shaffer Eddie Shaw

Rockland — The Monday Night Blues series wraps for the year Monday, Dec. 3 with longtime local favorites Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang starting at 7 p.m. at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission will be $15 for the Blues Year’s Eve party, complete with toast and, for those who wish, dressing to the nines.

The original back-up band for the legendary Howlin' Wolf, until the blues great's untimely death in 1975, Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang has performed in virtually every state in the country and in more than a dozen foreign countries — and in every venue from Carnegie Hall to JFK’s inauguration. Considered one of the premier Windy City blues bands performing today, the band is known locally for bringing the blues — particularly the Chicago blues — to Rockland.

Shaw, a talented singer/songwriter, musician, arranger and band leader, performs on tenor and alto saxes and harmonica in addition to singing. The Wolf Gang includes ax-wielding song Eddie Vaan Shaw, Jr. and longtime bassist and soulful vocalist Shorty Gilbert.

The weekly series will resume in February. The annual New Year’s Eve Blues Party Thursday, Dec. 31 will feature blues rocker Bobby Messano and his band at the Trade Winds Motor Inn on Park Drive. The festivities begin 7 p.m. with a four-course dinner. Cost is $199 plus tax per couple and includes room, dinner, dance, party favors, champagne toast, use of the pool and hot tub and full breakfast buffet. Space is limited; to reserve, call Paul Benjamin at 596-6055.

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

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