This year’s best in maple leaf blues

Jun 08, 2017
The Paul Deslauriers Band

Rockland — The Monday Night Blues series continues June 19 with a 7 to 10 p.m. concert by the Paul Deslauriers Band in the upstairs music room of Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Admission will be $10 at the door.

The Quebec-based Paul Deslauriers Band won four Maple Blues Awards this year, the Toronto Blues Society’s annual recognition of the best in Canadian blues.  Greg Morency and Sam Harrisson, the band’s rhythm section, picked up awards as Bassist and Drummer of the Year; it was Morency’s second win in three years, while Harrisson got the nod for the first time. The blues-rock band also took home trophies in the Electric Act of the Year and Entertainer of the Year categories.

The Paul Deslauriers Band, fronted by virtuoso guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers, has been riding a growing wave of success since the fall of 2015, when it clinched a win at the Montreal Blues Society-hosted Quebec to Memphis contest. They went on to come in second at last year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, out of a worldwide field of 119 competing bands.

Next up in the weekly series are: June 26, Frank Bang Band ($10); and July 3, Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin ($10). Shows are subject to change. For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link; call 596-6055; or email bluesman@midcoast.com. Also on the website are information and ticket sales for this summer’s North Atlantic Blues Festival. Advance ticket sales for the July 15 and 16 fest end July 10.

This year’s blues fest lineup features Christone "Kingfish" Ingram; Sari Schorr; Biscuit Miller & The Mix; Anthony Gomes; and Shemekia Copeland. Sunday’s performers are: Kelley Hunt; Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers; a Harmonicon with Sugar Blue, Billy Branch and Maine native Jason Ricci; Kenny Neal; and Walter Trout, with L.C. Williams and The Drive playing between sets.

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