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October 21, 2008

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials tear up The 8x10

lil' ed and the blues imperialsOh man! Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials lit up the stage last night at The 8x10.

A Chicago native, Lil' Ed calls himself the "King of the Slide," which is exaggerating a little bit. But Lil' Ed can sure make a guitar scream. And he loves every minute of it.

Sporting his trademark fez, Ed cracked big smiles after almost every line he sang or rif he played. He was having a ball, and you couldn't help but have a ball too.

Ed and the tight, punchy Blues Imperials tore through shuffles and ground out dirty Chicago blues.

At one point, Ed and rhythm guitarist Michael Garrett walked out into the crowd in the middle of a song.

Ed walked on tip toes (he's a blues ballerina!), bent over backwards and went down on his knees -- straight dealing on guitar all the while ...

And the audience ate it all right up. I love a good blues-loving crowd, because they know how to boogie. You go see an indie rock show and most of the time people just stand there. That almost never happens at a blues show. Unless I'm mistaken, last night's concert was sponsored by the Baltimore Blues Society, and about 50-75 people were there.

I got to the club just in time to catch the beginning of Ed's second set. He started the show at 8:30 p.m. and was still going strong when I left after 11 p.m.

How can a musician play so hard for so long on a Monday night? In a video on Ed's MySpace site, he explains:

"I am a blues musician and I like to get wild. And if you wanna get wild with me, come to my shows. Let's have a good time."

He's not lying. And the next time he's in town, you better take him up on that invitation.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 12:58 PM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs, Local music, Random stuff


Jealous Sam!! Heard these guys a few weeks ago on the Roadhouse and they caught my ear. Wanted to go and check them out last night.

It appears in his publicity photo that Lil' Ed is also able to levitate...I've gotta see this guy

Truth. David Blaine's got nothin' on Lil' Ed.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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