According to WMSE’s always-informative and WMSE-listener-imperative weekly e-newsletter, blues guitar maestro and hard-living hero Popa Chubby is set to put a spell on Shank Hall tonight like none other. We’ll give you a song and a wee bit of background, first:
“‘If there’s one thing I want people to know about me, it’s that I’m a survivor’, he says. ‘Here’s my story: My dad died when I was seven. I was abandoned and raised myself. I moved to New York City when I was 18 and started playing music. I got a huge heroin habit and ended up strung out on the streets until I was in my early twenties. I started playing again and got away from drugs and never went back, and then I got into the New York blues scene of the early 90s, and here I am today’.
“Hard to argue with that. Ted Horowitz cut his teeth in the New York City punk scene playing with Screaming Mad George and Richard Hell before adopting the moniker, Popa Chubby, in the early 1990s. He has been been delivering his dangerous brand of blues ever since. Tonight, he’ll be bringing it to Shank Hall.” 21+ 8 p.m.