Rockland rolls out the welcome mat every July for The North Atlantic Blues Festival. World class Blues bands converge on a stage designed for a powerful show that does not disappoint. The view of Rockland Harbor as a backdrop is not hard to take for the thousands of blues fans that return year after year for a weekend filled with entertainment, including a pub crawl and street bands which are included in your weekend ticket price.
A highlight of Saturday's line-up were the Mannish Boys, with a powerful and unforgettable performance of 'back porch' blues.
Sunday's entertainment starts at 11a.m. with Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child". Four more acts will take you up to 6 p.m., including Joanna Connor, Meloin Taylor, Jimmy Thackery, and Joe Louis Walker.
A special treat for blues enthusiasts are a brother/sister duo from Virginia who received acclaim after making a strong impression at this year's International Blues Competition in Memphis. Cole Layman, 16, plays coke bottle slide and sings, and Logan Layman, 14, plays base and was named 2013's Blues Kid of the year for her talent with vocals and music. They are performing in between each set on both days of the festival.
Even one day of this spectacular live blues music, set against the harbor filled with sailboats will leave you boogeying all the way into work on Monday morning. If you can't make it this year, make sure to put this festival on your must-do calender for summer 2015.