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Diminutive Kid Dynamite has been a south-side mainstay since his legendary performances in the 70s at Morgen’s Lounge on 61st Street, where he danced on the tables to the rough-and-ready funk of John Embry and the Ghetto Kings. He’s polished his act since then, but the essence remains the same: leather-lunged renditions of soul and blues standards culminating in slick, boogity-foot James Brown routines complete with exhortations to “Maceo” (the Kid calls any sax player he’s working with by the name of Brown’s legendary horn man), splits, gasps, chokes, and screams. Lately he’s added lesser-known songs like William Bell’s “Trying to Love Two” to his show, and he’s rumored to have invested in some flashy stage costumes as well. Dynamite is one of Chicago’s most dependable crowd pleasers, and it’s a pity he doesn’t make it to the north side more often. Saturday, Rosa’s, 3420 W. Armitage; 342-0452.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Marc PoKempner.