SEPTEMBER 12

Wander as long as you want in Clarksdale, Miss., but you won’t find the late Muddy Waters’ ramshackle cabin, which once stood near the main gate to Stovall’s farm. Though there’s a wax likeness of the legendary guitarist in the newly renovated Delta Blues Museum, the cabin itself has been disassembled, preserved, and sent on a national tour to promote a chain of blues-themed clubs. Waters’ countless proteges, however, are still alive and jamming, including his pianist from 1968-80, Willie “Pinetop” Perkins. Born in 1913 to a family of farmhands in Belzoni, Miss., Perkins played the guitar as well as the piano until a World War II-era stabbing by a crazed chorus girl; Perkins’ slashed tendons and muscles recovered well enough for him to continue his exuberant boogie-woogie piano playing. The nickname came as an homage to his predecessor, Clarence “Pine Top” Smith, whose 1929 hit “Pine Top’s Boogie Woogie” created a regional sensation. Perkins has ridden the song to successive generations of fame. Incredibly, it took Perkins until 1988 to record his first album under his own name. Now, at 84, he’s still touring. Catch him with the Bob Margolin Band at 9:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10. (301) 652-3383. (Louis Jacobson)