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February 7, 2013

Lookout: Blues, R&B singer performs this weekend

Singer/songwriter and harmonica player Curtis Salgado is among the performers taking the stage at Blue Ocean Music Hall during this weekend’s New England Winter Blues Festival.

Salgado is stopping at the Salisbury venue during a tour promoting his latest CD, “Soul Shot.” He joins a lineup of local performers that includes Bad Mother, the Toni Lynn Washington Band and the Evan Goodrow Band.

The 2012 winner of the Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist of the Year, Salgado delivers a sound that mixes R&B, funk and blues. He was recently nominated for four 2013 Blues Music Awards.

In 2006, Salgado’s career was briefly sidelined as he recovered from a liver transplant. Shortly thereafter, he was diagnosed with lung cancer, which he successfully battled. Like many other musicians, Salgado didn’t have health insurance. His medical expenses were partly covered by a huge outpouring of support from his fans and his fellow musicians.

Following his show in Salisbury on Saturday, Salgado will stop at The Grog in Newburyport on Sunday for a encore performance during Parker Wheeler’s weekly Blues Party.

The Blues Festival in Salisbury begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased online at www.blueoceanhall.com. Blue Ocean Music Hall is located at 4 Oceanfront North on Salisbury Beach.

Salgado will take the microphone at 6 p.m. on Sunday at The Grog. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.thegrog.com.

Entertainment at

David’s Tavern

Step into David’s Tavern on Brown Square and hear a mix of music this weekend.

Tonight, hear traditional and contemporary Irish music performed by Tom Courtney from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.; solo guitarist Barry Michaud will perform covers of soft rock songs in the main dining room from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Sarah Gengel and Dan Kirouac will play soft rock in the pub from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m.

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