Rockin’ in Rockland Coco Montoya, other beloved blues musicians will perform at North Atlantic Blues Festival

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ROCKLAND – Master blues guitarist Coco Montoya is among the performers who will draw thousands to Harbor Park Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, for the 14th North Atlantic Blues Festival.

Also taking the stage at the nationally acclaimed festival will be Detroit Women, Smokin’ Joe Kubek with Bonis King, Henry Butler, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Barrelhouse Chuck, Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Roxanne Potvin and Bernard Allison. They will perform beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Sunday’s lineup, also beginning at 11 a.m., includes Patricia Wilder, Billy Gibson, Lucky Peterson, Diunna Greenlead, Walter Trout, and Montoya.

Born in 1951 in Santa Monica, Calif., singer/songwriter Montoya has played guitar since age 13. He originally played the drum and was introduced to the blues in the early 1970s when legendary blues guitarist Albert Collins hired him as a drummer for five years – and became his guitar mentor.

Montoya went on to release a total of six albums, with the most recent, “Dirty Deal” on Alligator Records, hitting the streets in January of this year.

Following Saturday’s show, ticketholders will be able to participate in the traditional club crawl. State and regional blues acts will perform in 15 venues and along Main Street, all within walking distance of each other. Festival tickets for either day are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. A weekend pass is $45 in advance, $60 at the gate.

Tickets are available in Rockland at Houston Tuttle, 365 Main St., 594-5441; in Camden at HAV, 87 Elm St., 236-6777; in Portland at Buck Dancers, 248 St. John St., 774-2219; in Augusta at Pavlov’s Music, 228 Water St., 622-0283; and in Brunswick at Gulf of Maine Books, 134 Maine St., 729-5083.

Advance ticket sales end Monday, July 9.

Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 593-1189; or online at www.northatlanticbluesfestival.com.

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