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Popa Chubby's brand of urban blues finds its roots in a blend of Southern blues-rock and stinging Chicago traditionalism. Add a dollop of New York City-styled irreverence and you've got a recipe for a lean, mean and modern take on the tried-and-true idiom of the blues.

Chubby's latest, "How'd a White Boy Get the Blues?" is perhaps his strongest effort to date; a modern urban blues "opera," the album erupts from the speakers with all of the visceral power of a present-day Muddy Waters.

A virtuosic and fluid guitarist, Chubby's tubby solos and phat lines place him firmly in the company of past and present masters, including Albert King, Waters and Buddy Guy. Not bad company.

Popa Chubby hits the Lafayette Tap Room, 391 Washington St., at 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 at the door only. Call 854-2466.

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