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After spending part of the past year recovering from health issues in a rehab center, longtime WPFW DJ Rick “The Gator” Bolling is back, filling Saturday afternoons with his mix of lustful Southern soul and done-me-wrong blues. That soundtrack comes to the stage at “Gator Day,” his annual musical celebration. This year, the headlining performance comes from bodacious Mississippi singer Ms. Jody, who’s been making waves on the chitlin circuit—that unofficial support network of bluesy, contemporary R&B—since releasing her debut album in 2006. In her tunes, the vocalist wears her emotions on her sleeve, delivering brash, bouncy line-dance numbers like “Ms. Jody’s Thang” and “Still Strokin’,” as well as melodramatic tales about no-good cheaters (“When Your Give a Damn Don’t Give a Damn Anymore”). She’ll be joined by Maryland soul duo Jim Bennett and Lady Mary, D.C. soul singer Ida Campbell, and local blues acts including Clarence Bluesman Turner, Big Daddy Stallings, and the D.C. Blues Society Band. Now that Gator’s back, he’s going big.
The show begins at 2 p.m. at Lamont’s, 4400 Livingston Road, Indian Head, Md. $25–$30. (301) 283-0225. wpfwfm.org.