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Friday To-Do: Bobby Rush

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BOBBY RUSH
8 p.m., Maxine's, Hot Springs. $30 adv., $35 d.o.s.

The last time Bobby Rush was in Hot Springs, Maxine's was treated to a stripped-down show from the master of dirty, horny blues. Jheri-curled Rush told stories about growing up in Homer, La., and Pine Bluff between expertly-plucked acoustic tracks taken, largely, from his great 2007 return to back-porch blues, "Raw." (Also: Samuel L. Jackson himself was tucked into a corner for the set.) But this time around, he's bringing the whole gang of backup bluesmen and returning the former brothel to its dirty past.

Expect Bobby Rush to windhump his way through a set of ecstatic, X-rated songs between a pair of jiggly-assed backup dancers. If you're lucky, he'll rip into rap music: "Rappers stole that shit from me and James Brown!" It's one part Rudy Ray Moore and one part "I Feel Good" with a fat Larry Flynt streak right down the middle. And it's just about one of the most fun shows you'll see anywhere. Bores, dullards and drags go elsewhere.

Check it out: "Ain't Studdin' Ya" (from Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" mini-series)

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