Shawn Deena, Michael Burks | Local 506 | Clubs & Concerts | Indy Week
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Shawn Deena, Michael Burks 

When: Fri., Sept. 9, 8:30 p.m. 2011
Price: $15-17

You can imagine Michael Burks on a grimy urban corner, smoke rolling out of a nearby sewer grate, the walls sweating with the intensity of his playing. Burks began playing the blues at the age of 5 under the tutelage of his blue-collar father, and he tends toward sweltering, slow-build soul-blues reminiscent of Albert King. Burks' gritty baritone in particular recalls the Velvet Bulldozer, creeping with shadowy force while his guitar wails. Though his vocals are good, it's the playing on his four albums that truly impresses, his slinky advance punctuated with brief bursts of pyrotechnics leading into evocative runs blending Chicago and Memphis blues strains with a modern sensibility. Shawn Deena opens the 8:30 p.m. show. —Chris Parker

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