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Lucky for Buffalo

Lucky Peterson is one of the wildest talents ever to emerge from Buffalo's jazz and blues scene. He grew up on the East Side, where his dad owned the old Governor's Inn on Sycamore Street.

"It was a trip," he reminisced to The News a few years ago. "Music seven nights a week. Back then, it was home. But now, it's like, 'Man, I grew up over a bar.' The bar belonged to us. We'd go down the back stairs. That's how we got out of the house."

Lucky he was a child prodigy, with gifts that could never be easily molded or controlled. As a tot he learned to play the Hammond B3, and when he was 5, he cut his first album. Called "The Father, the Son, the Blues," it was produced by blues legend Willie Dixon, who was a friend of the family.

Though he has not lived in Buffalo for years, Peterson is good about swinging through town now and then. Right now he is on the road with his wife, Tamara -- they bill themselves as the Lucky and Tamara Peterson Blues Band. Saturday, they will be playing Rhino's Union Pub (2339 Union Road, West Seneca). The show is at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets are available at the bar and are $15 in advance and $20 on Saturday. For info, call 608-0000.

-- Mary Kunz Goldman