Popa Chubby will bring the blues to The Legion in Southwest Harbor on June 18. PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE PEER

Popa Chubby to play Legion



SOUTHWEST HARBOR — Blues legend Popa Chubby will play at The Legion, Municipal Lot and Main Street, on Saturday, June 18, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. in a Village Green Arts concert.

This year marks 25 years of rocking the blues for Chubby. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style described as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson,” Chubby is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

Chubby was immersed in rock ‘n’ roll as theater and learned from others at the time, the Ramones, the Cramps and Richard Hell. He said, “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 said, “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. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the blues, and I keep it alive in my music.”

Call 244-8133 for reservations.

 

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