ROCKLAND — The 29th annual North Atlantic Blues Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17 at Harbor Park. As always, the performances on the first day of the festival will be followed by the Saturday nightclub tour downtown. Saturday or full weekend tickets waive club cover charges that night; there will also be bands playing on Main Street, which is closed to traffic that night.
NABF artists are: Anthony Geraci & The Boston Allstars, Chris Cain, Billy Branch & The Sons of Blues, Danielle Nicole Band, Ruthie Foster, King Solomon Hicks, Nora Jean Wallace, Albert Castiglia, Tinsley Ellis, Tommy Castro, and , playing between acts both days, Tas Cru & Mary Ann Casale.
The Midcoast Music Academy Blues Camp will open the festival on Sunday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. And the blues fill the city on the Friday night before NABF as many local and regional bluesmakers playing the Saturday night club crawl perform previews. After the festival ends on Sunday, there’s the traditional All-Star Jam at the Trade Winds Inn’s Gray Owl Bar & Grill, which hosts Monday Night Blues concerts most of the year (one exception: the Monday after the festival ).
For those without advance tickets, admission wristbands are $45 either day, $75 for a weekend pass, at the door for adults; there is a $5 daily admission fee for children ages 6-12, free for younger ones. Doors open at 9am both days, rain or shine; bring lawn chairs, blankets and sunscreen; leave coolers, umbrellas, tents, pets and alcohol at home. There are food and merchandise vendors on site. For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com.
Sound bathing with didgeridoos, gongs in the amphitheater