The feral blues of Magic Slim comes straight from the Delta via Chicago, where the now-70-year-old guitar icon cut his teeth during the Windy City's golden age of the blues. Slim's bristling guitar style can shoot out stinging sparks or launch a harrowing litany of cries and whispers, while his Teardrops rip up the joint with raw, house-rockin' spit and fire. Stir in the gruff splendor of Slim's growling voice, and it amounts to exquisite misery. Slim's latest, The Essential Magic Slim, is a compilation of prime stuff issued by the Blind Pig label, mixing energetic covers of the likes of Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Reed with an assortment of original Slim pickins.
Sat., Oct. 6, 9 p.m., 2007