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Blowfly, The Infamous Sugar, Curtis Eller's American Circus 

When: Tue., March 4, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $8-$10
Since the early '70s, Clarence Reid has been best known as the foul-mouthed singer, rapper, comedian and party-starter Blowfly. He makes delightfully dirty-minded, offensively playful parodies of popular songs: Otis Redding's "Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay" becomes "Shittin' On the Dock of the Bay," The Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" becomes "Should I Fuck That Big Fat Hoe," and so on. Alongside Red Foxx and Rudy Ray Moore, Blowfly helped drive the "party record" phenomenon of the '70s, and he's part of the reason hip-hop exists. He's done all this, mind you, while wearing a sequin-covered superhero outfit, complete with hood, cape and a Superman logo variant in the form of a massive "BF" attached to his chest. Blowfly is his own American folk hero.

If that sounds too strange to be true, Jonathan Furmanski released the documentary The Weird World of Blowfly in 2011. The doc features rappers Ice T and Chuck D and punk icon Jello Biafra singing Blowfly's praises and solidifying his legend. The film not only indulges his mythos but also shows what it takes for an elderly guy to get up on stage and make funky dick jokes for an hour every night, not unlike the musical version of The Wrestler. If you want a hammy history lesson before you witness Blowfly clapping and shouting to his own lascivious jokes, the movie is currently streaming on Netflix Instant.

Blowfly's billing his current tour as "Blowfly's 75th Birthday Freak Party!!" Though this lewd dude's body is worse for wear, his dirty mind and James Brown, show-must-go-on machismo don't seem to be. —Brandon Soderberg

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