Multiinstrumentalist Lucky Peterson, who’s in his mid-20s, has already logged more years of musical experience than some people twice his age. Billed as a prodigy, he had an album produced by Willie Dixon and was touring and appearing on national television shows at five years old. Back home in Buffalo he sat in with the likes of Jimmy Reed and Koko Taylor at his father’s nightclub, and took keyboard lessons from visiting greats like Bill Doggett and Jimmy Smith. Now on his own, Peterson shows that the apprenticeships have served him well; his music combines up-to-date slickness with a raw-edged blues sensibility. Peterson’s frenetic stylistic leaps are occasionally jarring, but they’re also part of the fun: this is a young musician of unlimited enthusiasm, and nearly unlimited potential having the time of his life finding a stylistic home and excelling at every stop along the way. Tonight and Saturday, B.L.U.E.S., 2519 N. Halsted; 528-1012.

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