Drummer/vocalist Robert Covington is best known as the rhythmic anchor of the Sunnyland Slim Blues Band, but anyone who’s ever seen Robert sing his two or three songs per set with that group knows that he’s a fine entertainer in his own right. Covington’s gifts include a well-crafted sense of showmanship, a rich, melodious voice, and a musical sophistication that allows him to bring equal amounts of sincerity and flamboyance to traditional Chicago blues standards, driving R & B, and even the odd country-and-western number. Covington exemplifies the best of an exciting young generation of bluesmen: Well-versed in the tradition but eager to expand his repertoire as far as possible while still retaining the blues feel, he provides an audience with equal measures of nostalgic appreciation of bygone glory days and an up-to-the-minute musical celebration of contemporary blues styles. Thursday, 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.