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When: Sat., March 31, 9 p.m. 2012

Mud Morganfield looks so much like his father, the late Muddy Waters, that his childhood nickname was "Poppa." When he sings, the similarities are even more striking—his deep-throated baritone, his phrasing, and even his enunciation recall the elder Morganfield's Mississippi-born style vividly enough that you might be moved to reconsider the possibility of reincarnation. His new album, Son of the Seventh Son (Severn), is rooted so deeply in postwar Chicago blues that most of it sounds like outtakes from a long-lost Chess Records session. Hard-core fans might argue that Morganfield lacks some of his dad's subtleties—like the way Muddy could shape both the sound and the emotional color of his vocals with small changes in pitch, airflow, and even the position of his head—but for anyone mourning the passing of this classic style, tonight's show should be a source of hope. Morganfield's live band consists of guitarist Rick Kreher, pianist Barrelhouse Chuck, harpists Harmonica Hinds and Bob Corritore, bassist E.G. McDaniel, and drummer Kenny Smith (son of longtime Muddy sideman Willie "Big Eyes" Smith), all of whom appear on the new album—so the sound should be just as authentic onstage as it is on disc. —David Whiteis The Chicago Blues Angels open.

Price: $20

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