ROCKLAND — The North Atlantic Blues Festival celebrates its 23rd anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, Rockland’s Public Landing.

The nationally acclaimed festival was winner of the 2002 “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” for promoters of the year. Last year, over 15,000 blues fans attended.

Saturday’s show starts at 11 a.m. and the lineup includes Blues Caravan with, Ina Forsman, Layla Zoe, Tasha Taylor; Toronzo Cannon; Daughters of Rhythm and Blues, Carla Cooke and Rhonda Ross; Quinn Sullivan; and John Hammond.

Sunday’s show also starts and 11 a.m. with the lineup: Alexis Sutter; Mike Zotto and the Wheel; Johnny Sansone; Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters; and Elvin Bishop.

Mick Kolassa will play between acts.

Following Saturday’s show, ticket holders will be able to participate in the Club Crawl. State and regional blues acts will perform in 19 venues and on Main Street, all within walking distance of each other.

North Atlantic Blues Festival tickets for either day are $40 at the gate. A weekend pass is $75 at the gate.

For information call 207 691-2248 or go online at

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