Popa Chubby – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia, PA – September 15th, 2018

Popa Chubby

Popa Chubby

Greg Sover Band

Sat · September 15, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia

$20-$25 ADV / $22-$27 DOS + FEES

Mezzanine tickets are subject to a premium service fee that will be applied at checkout.

Popa Chubby
Popa Chubby
Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 25 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson," Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.

His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force. He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, where in many territories he is a star. A native New Yorker, Horowitz's first gigs were in the NYC punk scene as a guitarist for what he reflects was a "crazy Japanese special effects performance artist in a kimono called Screaming Mad George who had a horror-movie inspired show." Right from the start

he was immersed in rock ‘n’ roll as theater, and learned from George and others playing CBGB’s at the time that included the Ramones, the Cramps, Richard Hell, whose band, the Voidoids he joined that rock ‘n’ roll should be dangerous. He reflects, "Musicians like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols weren’t just bands. They were a threat to society."

The Blues however was the foundation of his playing style. He recalls, "Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too. It wasn’t just from playing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters were dangerous men. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the Blues and I keep it alive in my music.”

Popa Chubby is his own man for better or worse. He reflects, "I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from. There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation. Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.”
Greg Sover Band
Jubilee is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Songs of a Renegade, Sover’s 2016 debut album, which put him on the map and announced that he is one of the top emerging blues artists in Philadelphia and beyond.

To celebrate, the Greg Sover Band competed at the International Blues Chal- lenge in Memphis in January, making it into the semifinals out of 240 bands, and showing everyone in attendance that the band from up North in Philly sure knows how to play the blues.

Jubilee has been getting airplay in his hometown of Philadelphia at WXPN on Jonny Meister's Blues Show, and on over 90 blues programs nationally and in- ternationally. The EP debuted at #20 in the Living Blues monthly charts, which serves as the Bible for Blues programming. Jubilee peaked at #2 in The Roots Music Report's Top 50 Blues Rock Album Chart. Greg also had three songs from Jubilee in The Roots Music Report's Top 50 Blues Rock Song Chart: “Emotional” at #1, “As the Years Go Passing By” at #23 and “Jubilee” at #38. Jubilee is once again produced by Greg Sover Band bassist Garry Lee along with Sover. Sover’s band of Philly heavyweights with extensive resumes also includes guitarist Allen James and drummer Tom Walling. The three are best known as Deb Callahan’s solid backing band.

And the great reviews for Jubilee have begun:

Living Blues Magazine raves this month.

"Jubilee solidifies Sover's work as a guitarist, allowing him to showcase a variety of different styles. Sover's versatility reveals his musical genius."

Henry L. Carrigan Jr. - Living Blues Magazine - April 2018
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104