Lefty Dizz | Theater Critic's Choice | Chicago Reader

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Best known as the wild-acting "Clown Prince of the Blues," Lefty Dizz plays one-handed guitar, fires off thunderous blasts of distortion, and gyrates and mugs his way through novelties and blues classics with equal flamboyance. What's easy to overlook is the accomplishment beneath the flash. Dizz is in full command of a wide variety of blues styles, from 50s-era picking to contemporary rock and funk. His comic routines demand superior technical proficiency: dexterous and inventive, he utilizes the entire fretboard to achieve his effects; impeccable timing facilitates athletic stage routines; and a witty sense of ribald irony informs his lyrics and stage patter. Lefty Dizz can be by turns spellbinding, uproariously funny, and maddeningly strident--there isn't another blues entertainer like him in the world. Saturday, Harlem Avenue Lounge, 3701 Harlem, Berwyn; 708-484- 3610. Monday, B.L.U.E.S., 2519 N. Halsted; 528-1012. Thursday, Wise Fools Pub, 2270 N. Lincoln; 929-1510.

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

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