RUMFORD — Maine’s funky, soulful, emotional, rootsy blues band Black Cat Road will kick off New Year 2017 on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 49 Franklin Reception Hall. 49 Franklin if offering a meal and concert for $35 per person; concert-only tickets are $15,  and meal-only tickets are $20.

Steve Bailey and Jessica Hines reside in Peru and travel throughout Maine and New England expressing their love for the blues through music with their band-mates from Black Cat Road.

Other members are Kate Seavey on bass, vocals and guitar, Don Reed on keys, percussion and bass, and Chris Hartogh on drums. Bailey plays guitar and sings vocals and Hines does percussion and vocals.

Black Cat Road is highly influenced by old-school blues and count among their influences Shovels & Rope, Howe Gelb, Gary Clark Jr., Deep Purple, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Prince — to name a few.

Seating for the meal starts at 6 p.m., with magic by local magician Scot Grassette performing tableside tricks. The meal is served at 7 p.m., dessert and tableside magic continues at 8 p.m.; Black Cat Road at 9 p.m. The New Year will ring in with a large balloon and confetti blizzard.

The concert is for adults 21 years of age and older.

Tickets are available at Bartash’s and All That Jazz on Congress Street downtown Rumford, and online at

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