The first day of the 2014 North Atlantic Blues Festival July 12 and 13 in Harbor Park has been set, and more acts are in the process of being signed. Several of the announced acts have recently received Blue Music Awards nominations.

The Saturday lineup, subject to change, features Jarekus Singleton; Teeny Tucker, nominated for the Koko Taylor Award (Traditional Blues Female); Victor Wainwright, up for the Pinetop Perkins Piano Player award; C.J. Chenier; the Golden State Lone Star Review with Mark Hummel, up for two album awards (one of which also has a Grammy nod), Little Charlie Batty, and Anson Funderburgh, up for Instrumentalist-Guitar and Traditional Blues Male Artist; and The Mannish Boys, up for the Band award.

Tickets are $25 per day, $50 for a weekend pass. Tickets are on sale for holiday giving via the website, For updates as the festival falls into place, visit its Facebook page.

New Year’s Eve blues

Johnny Rawls will play New Year’s Eve — Tuesday, Jan. 31 — at the downtown Trade Winds Motor Inn; call Paul Benjamin at 596-6055 to make reservations. Cost is $199 per couple, which covers room, four-course dinner, dance, party favors, champagne toast, use of the pool and hot tub and full breakfast buffet.