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Some of the most dynamic performers in Chicago remain well-kept secrets of their south- and west-side home turfs; this revue will give many north-siders a taste of what they've been missing. Mary Lane, the best-known of these artists, delivers traditional blues and contemporary pop with equal enthusiasm and skill; in contrast, the hard-biting soul of Ava Green will provide a funkier, but no less authentic, version of the same musical tradition. Lee "Little Wolf" Solomon, one of the most flamboyant of the legion of west-side Howlin' Wolf imitators, has chosen this as his first blues gig after nearly a year concentrating on church music; he'll be at his outrageous best in one of his rare north-side appearances. The potential show-stealer, though, is the diminutive (4 foot 11) Kid Dynamite. With his repertoire of blues and soul standards, featuring a James Brown tribute choreographed down to the smallest step and vocal nuance, the Kid is a full-blown legend on the south side; this appearance could mark the beginning of an entire new career for him. Providing the backing will be Johnny B. Moore and his band, whose wide-ranging versatility should give all of these artists the opportunity to strut their stuff to its best advantage. Tonight and Saturday, Blue Chicago, 937 N. State; 642-6261.

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

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