Singer/songwriters in the Velvet Lounge

Nov 14, 2012
Brian Patricks

Rockland — The Velvet Lounge music series at Rock City Cafe, 316 Main St., will celebrates Black Friday, Nov. 23 with music by Brian Patricks from 5 to 7 p.m.

Patricks emerged onto the Maine singer/songwriter scene in early 2009 with a 30-year span of classical guitar and various folk, blues and rock projects under his belt. That, coupled with a suitcase of experience in front of an audience, serves him in good stead as he travels around with guitar in hand and a passion to perform as a solo artist.

Also with guitar in hand, and usually more than one, will be local blues rocker Vince “Blind Albert” Gabriel, who will take the Velvet Lounge stage Saturday, Nov. 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. The Vietnam combat veteran was born in New Jersey, where his father served as his first musical influence. In 1966, Gabriel started his first rock band and has never looked back. Over the past 20 years, he has had the honor to perform and work with blues greats Jimi Rogers, Carey Bell, Kenny Neal, Son Seals, Leon Russell, Big Jack Johnson and more. He has written more than 200 songs, one of which was released as part of 13-CD box set “… Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record 1961-2008,” which also includes songs written about the Vietnam war by Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Steppenwolf, Pete Seeger and other well-known artists.

As usual there is no cover charge; however, tipping the musicians is highly encouraged. For more information on this and other events happening at the coffeebar/cafe, call 594-4123.

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

Blind Albert
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