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When Florida-raised DJ Rick Bolling filled in for the late Jerry “the Bama” Washington on his blues radio show, he decided he needed a nickname, too. Thus was born “the Gator,” and, later, “The Gator’s Show” which airs on WPFW-FM 89.3 on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. The Gator has used his program to demonstrate the vibrancy of such undersung local acts as the Hardway Connection and Eddie Daye, and the day-long “Gator’s Appreciation Day” concert offers further proof that earthy blues and soul aren’t merely artifacts to be excavated by young rock guitarists. Highlights should include Eddie Daye and Denise. Daye, whose ’60s singles with the 4 Bars have just been re-released on a U.K. CD, has a Bobby “Blue” Bland-like baritone which he mixes with a touch of kitsch on the new CD single “Sexy Senior Citizen.” He will be honored at the event, along with Atlantic Records songwriter and performer Don Covay, Pookie Hudson & the Spaniels, the Clovers, and the Orioles, as recipients of the Evans Grill Heritage Awards. (The Forestville club was a regular stop on the ’50s and ’60s chitlin circuit.) Covay, who wrote for Aretha Franklin, suffered a stroke years ago but is reportedly better and will sing with his nephew Robert Owen’s band, the Hardway Connection. The youngest Oriole, Eddie Jones, will emote Curtis Mayfield-inspired soul with his band the Young Bucks. Plus Chuck Robertson, Barbara Carr, Frankie Stewart’s WONN Band & Miss Gerri Holiday, the Winstons, Little Royal, Roy Roberts, Jesse Yawn, Whop Frazier, Jim Bennet, Rudy McPhatter, Trumpet King, and Kimmy and Klasse at noon at Lamont’s, 4400 Livingston Road, Pomonkey. $20. (301) 350-3040. (Steve Kiviat)