Bess Jacques & The Strays

Tuesday - November, 23 @ 7:00pm

Bess Jacques & The Strays are a Maine-based band performing a blend of jazz (heavy on American Songbook), Americana, and eclectic originals. The band's sound ranges from lush vocal ballads to hard-swinging instrumentals, from pensive to pulsing to pop, for a mix of sounds that is both classic and fresh. Bess Jacques leads the band on piano and vocals, joined by a rotating selection of top local talent. Current and past Strays include: founding member Kate Campbell Strauss (saxophone), founding member Per Hanson (drums), Tracy McMullen (saxophone), Darren Whitney (saxophone), Asher Barreras (bass), Evan Haines (guitar), Sheldon Perkins (drums), and other beloved Portland-area musicians.

Upcoming Events

Dark Hollow Bottling Company

Sunday, December 5th

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

John Suntken Trio

Tuesday, December 7th

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Tuesday, December 7th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Hanz Araki’s Birthday Bash

Wednesday, December 8th

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Irish Session

Wednesday, December 8th

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Justin Rowland

Thursday, December 9th

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM


650A Congress Street, Portland ME

Mon: 5PM-11PM
Tues: 6PM-12AM
Wed: 5PM-12AM
Thurs: 5PM-12AM
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Sun: 4PM-10PM

Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.

We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.