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Saturday To-Do: John Lee Hooker Jr.

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JOHN LEE HOOKER JR.
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz, $8 adv., $10 d.o.s.

There's little doubt that if John Lee Hooker Jr. had focused his efforts on carrying on the stripped-down, Clarksdale talking blues that established his father as an icon, he'd find himself with a built-in fan base from first strum. Instead, JLH Jr. uses the blues as a clothesline on which to hang other sounds — from Bobby Rush's synthesized R&B to what, at times, sounds like Wesley Willis' matter-of-fact prattling. His father's sense of humor has emerged intact in songs like “Goin' Down to Baghdad,” a revenge blues aimed at Saddam Hussein, and his recovering alcoholic's take on “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” in which the old standard keeps on after the credits roll, having the barfly protagonist enrolling in rehab and attending A.A. meetings. And for the fans of his father, his namesake is sure to cover “Boom Boom” and “Boogie Chillen” at the very least.

-John Tarpley

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