AUBURN – Blue Steel Express, one of Maine’s longest continually performing blues bands, will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Gritty McDuff’s.

The band’s shows feature a mix of contemporary popular blues, classic blues and originals that have received steady FM airplay – and lots of audience interplay.

Formed in 1993, the Express maintains an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek attitude along with the philosophy that blues should be fun.

Making up Blue Steel Express are Kevin Kimball, bandleader, slide guitar, dobro and vocals; Deb Danuski, vocals; Don Whitcomb, upright bass; and Bub Lynch, drums.

A native of Sanford, Kimball has 30-plus years experience on the New England music scene and is co-founder of the Maine Blues Festival. Born in Warren, Pa., Danuski has more than three decades of music and theater experience in Maine, Pennsylvania and Washington.

Originally from Lexington, Mass., Whitcomb is a graduate of Berklee School of Music. He has recorded with Johnny Copeland and is a seasoned veteran of both the Boston and Maine music scene. Coming to Maine from upstate New York, Lynch has been a mainstay in Maine music for the past 20 years and has opened for numerous national acts.

Blue Steel Express has represented Maine at the International Blues Challenge semifinals in Memphis, Tenn. Additionally, each musician has been distinguished as a lifetime member of the Maine Blues Society.

Gritty’s is at 68 Main St. For more information, call 376-2739.

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