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The Twenty-Eights: Chuck Berry Tribute 

When: Sat., Oct. 15, 9 p.m. 2011
Price: $5
Every year, as Oct. 18 approaches, two things happen: The mighty Chuck Berry prepares to turn another year older, and the members of the Twenty-Eights start limbering up for their duck walks. America’s poet of postwar aspiration will be 85 this year, but his songs never age — especially those gathered on his epochal greatest-hits assemblage The Great Twenty-Eight, from which this all-star tribute band takes its name. This year’s lineup features George Bradfute and E Street Band bassist Garry Tallent on guitar, Dave Roe on bass, Jimmy Lester on drums and Jack Irwin on piano, joined by special guest Jim Hoke and an undying cast of baby dolls, sweet little rock ’n’ rollers, and little country boys who can play like a-ringin’ a bell. Their live show is reliably one of the most fun you’ll see all year — something we could say just as easily of their opening act, Phil Lee, whose You Should Have Known Me Then remains our favorite singer-songwriter album of the Aughts. To have them together — it’s as if Christmas arrived two months early.
— Jim Ridley

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