LIVE: Popa Chubby & Friends @ the Falcon, 2/10/14

February 17th, 2014, 1:00 pm by Greg
Poppa Chubby

Popa Chubby

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Popa Chubby & Friends brought an eclectic mixture of blues, New Orleans rock n’ roll and the classic rock of Beatles, Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix to the Falcon to kick off their month-long Monday night residency in Marlboro.

While Popa Chubby’s lead guitar led the attack, his bandmates certainly lived up to the challenge, including the versatile jazz drummer Adam Nussbaum, veteran blues keyboard player Dave Keyes and the young Sam Smith anchoring the band on bass.

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LIVE: Popa Chubby @ the Van Dyck, 4/23/11

April 27th, 2011, 5:00 pm by Sara

Popa Chubby

“There’s no change in the weather,” Popa Chubby roared, nearly swallowing the mic during his opening number at the Van Dyck. “There’s no changes in me!”

Well, the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd lyric was half-right: Even by Capital Region standards, the weather’s about as changeable as a bi-polar grizzly bear. But the force of nature that started life in the Bronx as Ted Horowitz is still doing what he’s been doing for nearly 20 years, which is lashing audiences with some of the filthiest blues/rock guitar that ever smacked you in the face.

“Welcome to the late show!” Chubby bellowed before lighting into the Skynyrd classic “They Call Me the Breeze.” Popa’s take had a little more rockabilly than the original, but the final product was completely unvarnished and utterly nasty. After getting the almost-full house sufficiently hyped up, he pulled out the ultimate jilted-lover’s-revenge tune, “Hey Joe.” Any piece associated with Jimi Hendrix is a gutsy choice for any guitarist, but Chubby’s facility with the icon’s material is well-documented on the tremendous 3-disc set “Electric Chubbyland.”

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CD: Popa Chubby’s “The Fight Is On”

May 5th, 2010, 10:28 am by Greg

Poppa Chubby: The Fight Is On(Blind Pig Records, 2010):

The Chub Man is back, and he’s rockin’ harder than ever – as you can easily tell with a glance at the track listing, which includes “We Got Some Rocking to Do” and “Rock and Roll Is My Religion.”

There’s still some blues in Popa Chubby’s bruising brand of blues-rock (check out “Another Ten Years Gone” and “Wicked Wanda”), but it definitely takes a backseat to the rockin’. And just to drive the point home, Chubby wraps up the hour-long disc with a live, go-for-the-throat rendition of Motorhead’s signature “Ace of Spades.” Yeah, I don’t think John Lee done it this way.

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