Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 8:00 PM CST
Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
21 years and over
Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz in 1960, is a native son of The Big Apple. His parents owned a candy store in the Bronx. The young Chubby would play the jukebox endlessly listening to the hits of the day. Motown, Stax Volt, Chess and Atlantic records spun endlessly through the young boy's head. "The defining moment came when my Dad took me to see Chuck Berry when I was 6. There's Chuck, onstage, larger than life. I see a bulge in his pocket and ask my dad what it is. 'That's Chuck's money,' my dad said. I was sold on the spot."
Fueled by Chuck Berry and soul music Chubby took up the drums but was discouraged from making noise. At 14 he got his first guitar and never looked back. The 70′s were fertile ground with blues rock ruling the Arenas. Chubby, fueled by Led Zepplin, Johnny Winter, Jimi Hendrix, Foghat, Cream and the Rolling Stones would put in long hours with his record player learning the licks that would become his signature.
In the late 70's Popa answered an ad for a guitarist in the Village Voice and became a mainstay of the early CBGB's Punk scene. He played, recorded, and toured with Punk godfather Richard Hell becoming an in demand session player on the New York scene.
"I kept seeing the name Willie Dixon on records," says Chubby in an interview. And indeed the spirit of Willie Dixon would be a guiding force in Chubby's music.
In 1990 The Popa Chubby band was born after a jam session with P Funk's Bernie Worrell. Popa began playing ....www.shankhall.com