Though they’re being billed as “hidden treasures,” these Chicago blues mainstays are only hidden to fans who’ve never ventured south of Madison or west of Western. Probably best known on the north side is Kent, whose meaty rhythms, sinewy bass work, and ruggedly soulful vocals provide a savory blend of classic west-side aggression and contemporary R&B revelry. Guitarist Scott has held down the weekend gig at Lee’s Unleaded Blues at 74th and South Chicago for years. He’s honed his band, the “Mighty Tips,” into a well-oiled, fiery, and musically impeccable unit, and he and his wife Patricia put forth a set that’s delightfully raunchy and irreverent. Harpist Eddie Burks blows a squalling approximation of the 50s-era Chicago greats–Little Walter, Big Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson number two–laced with the primal energy of the west-side clubs in which he came up. In the past he’s been hampered by problematic sidemen, but he’s fresh from recording a new LP and should be primed for this rare north-side appearance. Saturday, B.L.U.E.S. Etcetera, 1124 W. Belmont; 525-8989.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/James Fraher.