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B.B. King Blues Club
Between 7th and 8th Avenues 237 West 42nd Street New York City, NY 10036
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 10 members
Review from Elle
Red Velvet 36 events 12 reviews

If you like rock-and-roll and are more into instrumental music, this event is for you. Popa Chubby has unmistakable guitar talent. But if you are looking for down-home, make me cry when I'm happy blues with vocals, you will not get what you are...continued

reviewed Apr 05 2010 report as inappropriate
Review from Sandy
Red Velvet 31 events 4 reviews

He is an awesome performer!

reviewed Jul 31 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from Hugh Donohue
92 events 40 reviews

Had a great time. Popa is a great guy I met years ago at BB. Kings and stayed friends. The best thing BB. Kings ever did was start working with Goldstar I go to a lot more shows because of Goldstar keep up the good work. And I'll keep going out...continued

reviewed Jul 31 2013 report as inappropriate
Review from alan sommer
15 events 12 reviews

I expected a more BB or albert king bluesey type music and band, but what I got was R&R. I will say it was a good show and he is a great soloist, with great backup. All in all Im glad I went and would like to see him again.

reviewed Apr 05 2010 report as inappropriate
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Popa Chubby has had a prolific career spanning several decades. From the breakout early ’90s hit “Sweet Goddess of Love and Beer” to his inspired interpretations of Jimi Hendrix on Electric Chubbyland (2006), he continues to output a steady stream of fire and brimstone. Born Ted Horowitz in 1960, Chubby is a native son of The Big Apple. Fueled by an early experience at a Chuck Berry concert, he initially took up drums before claiming the guitar at 14.

In the late ‘70s, he answered an ad for a guitarist in the Village Voice and became a mainstay of the early CBGB punk scene. He played, recorded and toured with punk godfather Richard Hell, becoming an in-demand session player on the New York scene. Then, in 1990, The Popa Chubby Band was born. The name was taken from an impromptu jam with Bernie Worrell of Parliament-Funkadelic. "He was singing a song called ’Popa Chubby’ and he pointed at me," Chubby recalls. The name captured the essence of what his music has come to represent. “Popa Chubby basically means to get excited. The core of my music is about excitement. I think music should make people feel alive.”

Chubby’s debut release, Booty and the Beast (1994), spawned the single “Sweet Goddess of Love and Beer,” which swept the country and became a summer radio hit in 1995. His subsequent releases on the French Dixiefrog label were a huge success and allowed the guitarist to tour virtually nonstop, earning him critical acclaim overseas. In 2001, he signed with the American label Blind Pig Records, which released How’d a White Boy Get the Blues? (2001) to great critical acclaim. Calling the album “a fresh take on the genre,” Billboard declared: “If Muddy Waters was a modern blues artist, then Popa Chubby is a post-modern bluesman.” The disc was the first of a string of releases on the label over the next decade, including The Good, The Bad, and The Chubby (2002), Peace, Love, and Respect (2004), Stealing the Devil’s Guitar (2006), and Deliveries After Dark (2007).

In 2009, Chubby changed things up, joining the Dubtch Provogue label and releasing the blues rock masterpiece The Fight is On. The following year saw Chubby enjoy his highest-grossing year to date, with concerts in 11 countries. His latest release on the label, Back to New York City, came in 2011. A commentary on the decade that has passed since the tragic events of 9/11, the disc finds Chubby in top form, sounding like “a gigantic guitar machine coming down the mountain, or Stevie Ray Vaughan morphing into the Hulk” (

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