Blues fest performers win BMAs

By Dagney C. Ernest | May 12, 2017
This year’s North Atlantic Blues Festival pin has been unveiled; it will be sold only in the merch tent on the festival grounds.

Memphis — The 38th annual Blues Music Awards were presented May 11 at the Cook Convention Center. As usual, many a North Atlantic Blues Festival performer was nominated and/or took home BMAs; and several of this year’s performers are now polishing awards.

Kenny Neal, who will play the penultimate set of this summer’s fest, took home two awards: Contemporary Blues Male Artist; and Contemporary Blues Album (“Bloodlines”). And Biscuit Miller, slated to play on Day 1, won the Bass – Instrumentalist BMA. To peruse the list of familiar-to-Rockland winners, visit blues.org.

The 2017 North Atlantic Blues Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, July 15 and 16, in Rockland’s Harbor Park. Advance ticket prices are the same as in recent years, $30 per day or $55 for a weekend pass, available to Monday, July 10. Passes will be $40/$75 at the gate.

Both days will be prefaced, at 10:30 a.m., by performances from the kids of the annual Midcoast Music Academy Blues Camp. Saturday’s NABF performers to follow are: 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.

L.C. Williams and The Driver will be playing between acts both days. And, of course, the North Atlantic Blues festival Club Crawl, featuring regional bands in clubs and on closed-to-traffic Main Street, is set for Saturday night; cover charge is waived for those with Saturday or Weekend admission bracelets.

Tickets are on sale online at northatlanticbluesfestival.com, as well as at Huston-Tuttle in Rockland, K2 Music in Camden and several other outlets around the state; see the website for more details.

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Dagney has been providing Courier coverage of the local arts scene since 1985 and has helmed the multi-paper A&E section since it debuted in 2003. She has been a local performing artist, community and professional, for more than 30 years and spent a decade writing, producing and announcing on-air for several Midcoast radio stations. When not in the NewsNest, Dagney likes to be in motion.

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