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West-side promoter Henry L. Survillion (aka Shorty) puts together a rotating crew of accomplished blues, soul, and R & B sidemen for this weekly Friday night gig. Many of them have done road work with well-known names, and among them they've got just about every old-school style at their disposal. That's the idea: for the band to be able to effortlessly back an eclectic parade of vocalists, from veteran crooner Still Bill to feisty soul-blues singers like Lady Kat, Miss Jesi', and Z.Z. Hill Jr. (Cicero Blake, an established contemporary soul-blues star, has also been known to make an appearance.) The music and the format are designed to evoke a vintage Regal Theatre revue, but this is no exercise in nostalgia: the commitment and chops of all concerned make everything feel immediate. a 10 PM, Natural Rhythm Forty Plus Social Club, 2000 W. 59th, 773-776-9285, 30+. F

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