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Ice Man Robinson & Dancin' Perkins

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For slick, uptown presentation and musical subtlety, look elsewhere: These musicians are among those who have been keeping the Maxwell Street crowds dancing on Sunday mornings for years. When they're not playing the street, they work at places like the New Excuse Lounge (formerly Porter's) on South Halsted. Ice Man Robinson employs a searing slide interspersed with fierce single-note leads and his characteristic muted-string plucking; meanwhile Dancin' Perkins booms away on his ancient Fender bass, dancing, cavorting, and playing with one hand or behind his back--even twirling himself around his instrument as if it were a maypole. It all echoes the atmosphere of the hurly-burly carnival that is the Maxwell Street market: barely restrained chaos and rowdy celebration of both good times and bad. Sunday, Rosa's, 3420 W. Armitage; 342-0452.

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

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