ANDRE WILLIAMS, THE GARAGE, Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8, 8 p.m., $20
About a year ago, at the insistence of friend and local blues guru Bad Brad Wheeler, I finally took in a show by Andre Williams, the soul and blues legend known as the "Black Godfather" who boasts some of the more lascivious lyrics you'll hear coming from a 66-year-old frontman. I headed to The Garage and saw Williams throw down one furiously funky show, a blend of rock, blues, funk and soul that easily proved Bad Brad's point that Williams is one of the baddest men on the planet. He's currently touring in support of a new album, Hoods and Shades, that he recorded with an all-star band of Detroit aces including Don Was, Motown Funk Brother Dennis Coffey and the Dirtbombs' Jim Diamond, among others. In Salt Lake City, he'll be throwing down with The Rubes, who did an outstanding job playing with Williams when I saw him a year ago. Be sure to get there in time for their opening set a well.