Blues, Folk, & Country

Guitar Shorty

When: Wed., March 3, 8 p.m. 2010

Blues music's answer to Woody Allen's Leonard Zelig, seventy-year-old Guitar Shorty was a featured member of both Sam Cooke and Ray Charles' road bands;, became fast friends, a step-brother-in-law, and a major influence on Jimi Hendrix; and even won first-place on a 1978 episode of The Gong Show after playing guitar while standing on his head. Of course, Shorty's guitar chops and gravelly voice are what's allowed him to enter his seventh decade of making music. Amazingly enough, his new album Bare Knuckle is only his eighth studio effort, and while it's packed with stinging riffs and contemporary subject matter that even includes a nod to Barack Obama, Guitar Shorty's major props come from a stage show that ha's included assorted gymnastics to go with his stellar musicianship. And wWhile somersaults and backflips might be in short supply given the Florida native's advanced age, there's sure to be plenty of surprises awaiting attendees when Shorty plays at

Biscuits & Blues (401 Mason St., San Francisco) on Wednesday, March Mar. 3. 8 p.m., $20. -- Dave Gil de Rubio

Dave Gil de Rubio

Price: $20

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