BOOTHBAY HARBOR – The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor will kick off its Monday night concert series with popular Maine blues-rocker Bill Chinnock at 8 p.m. Monday, July 12.

Chinnock was called “one of the unheralded greats of American rock ‘n’ roll” by the director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

He’s one of the founders of the Asbury Park, N.J., music scene. When Chinnock moved to Maine, his former band mates became the foundation for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.

Chinnock will perform material from his first release in a decade, the 2003 “Livin’ in the Promised Land.” He recorded this CD with longtime band mates Tony Smith on drums, John Kumnick on bass and Harry King on keyboards. It includes seven new songs plus “Mystery Train,” by Sam Phillips; a Civil War soldier’s song, “Motherless Child,” and a new rendition of “When You Love Somebody.”

Chinnock calls the CD “… a musical tribute to America and the price of freedom…”

He’s known for his style of blues and roots music. A soulful singer, he performs on the lyrical slide, electric guitar and harmonica. His songwriting draws on influences as diverse as the country itself.

Additional Monday night concerts at the Opera House will include The Belmonts, the Intermezzo Chamber Opera, Buckwheat Zydeco and Inanna. For more information, visit www.opera-house.org or for tickets, call the box office, 633-5159.

Tickets are $30 for adults, and $25 for students and seniors. Package and group discounts are available.


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