Popa Chubby brings his brand of ‘dan­ger­ous’ blues to town

Southport Visiter - - Theatre, Arts & Comedy -

HARD swing­ing blues rock mu­si­cian Popa Chubby comes to The Atkin­son on Satur­day, Jan­uary 28 to chase your win­ter blues away.

Popa Chubby, whose ca­reer dates back to the early ’80s, has been a force to be reck­oned with on the gui­tar and his tem­pes­tu­ous, soul­ful play­ing has never been more pow­er­ful.

An im­pos­ing fig­ure with a shaven head, tat­tooed arms, a goa­tee and a performance style he de­scribes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motör­head meets Muddy Wa­ters and Jimi Hen­drix meets Robert John­son,” Popa Chubby is an en­dear­ing char­ac­ter who is one of the genre’s most pop­u­lar fig­ures.

His ca­reer has al­ways been about mov­ing for­ward and carv­ing a place for him­self in the im­pos­ing ter­rain of the mu­sic busi­ness, over­com­ing odds to con­tinue grow­ing and ma­tur­ing as a cre­ative force.

He has built a con­stantly in­creas­ing base of fans across the world, where in many ter­ri­to­ries he is a star.

A na­tive New Yorker, Theodore “Ted” Horowitz’s first gigs were on the punk scene as a gui­tarist for what he re­flects was a “crazy Ja­panese spe­cial ef­fects performance artist in a ki­mono called Scream­ing Mad Ge­orge who had a hor­ror-movie in­spired show”.

Right from the start he was im­mersed in rock ’n’ roll as the­atre and learned from Ge­orge and oth­ers play­ing CBGBs at the time in­clud­ing The Ra­mones, The Cramps and Richard Hell – whose band, the Voidoids, he joined – that rock ’n’ roll should be dan­ger­ous.

He re­flects: “Mu­si­cians like The Ra­mones and the Sex Pis­tols weren’t just bands, they were a threat to so­ci­ety.”

The blues, how­ever, was the foun­da­tion of his play­ing style.

He says: “Since I’d grown up on Hen­drix, Cream and Led Zep­pelin, when I started play­ing blues in New York clubs I un­der­stood that the blues should be dan­ger­ous, too.

“It wasn’t just from play­ing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Wa­ters were dan­ger­ous men.

“That dan­ger is a real part of the blues and I keep it alive in my mu­sic.”

“We all need some­thing.”

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