The Monday night blues series continues July 5 at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St. Mississippi Heat will play from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission at the door will be $15.

Mississippi Heat is a traditional blues band, with an emphasis on ensemble. All its musicians are featured and welcome to contribute on stage and on recordings. The music they play is steeped in Chicago’s golden sounds of the 1950s, but bandleader Pierre Lacocque also writes fresh original takes on the blues.

Mississippi Heat played last year’s North Atlantic Blues Festival, and they return on the last day to buy advance tickets for the 2010 festival. Advance festival tickets are $25 for either Saturday or Sunday, July 10 and 11 or $50 for both; tickets at the gate will be $30/$60. A $5 children’s ticket will be available at the gate only to youngsters age 6 to 12; younger children are admitted free. Local ticket outlets are Huston Tuttle in Rockland, HAV II in Camden and Wild Rufus in Belfast. Advance tickets also are available online at

On Thursday, July 8 at 3 p.m., Rockland’s own Mississippi Blues Trail marker will be installed at 2 Park Drive. Friday night, July 9, there will be a free evening of blues hosted by the Farnsworth Art Museum from 6 to 8 p.m. Lydia Warren will perform in the library and Pat Pepin will play a lawn party. Many of the downtown clubs also will host regional blues bands Friday night before the festival.

The main stage performances will begin 11 a.m. each day. Saturday will feature Moreland & Arbuckle, Biscuit Miller, Preston Shannon, Ryan Lee, Johnny Rawls and James Cotton. Sunday’s performers are Shakura S’Aida, John Nemeth, Michael Burks, Shemekia Copeland and Keb’ Mo’.

In between acts, Lydia Warren and Cole Downing will perform on the side stage. The downtown NABF Club Crawl Saturday night will feature a record 21 bands; cover charge will be waived for those with a Saturday or weekend festival bracelet. There also will be blues before and after the Sunday festival at Time Out Pub and Trade Winds. For complete information, visit the NABF Web site.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to