REVEREND FREAKCHILD at Magpie (831 Dundas West), Friday (June 14), 11 pm. NXNE wristband or $12. nxne.com.
Blues is not a genre closely associated with Toronto, so when a tried and true bluesman comes to town, it's worth seeking him out.
The Hawaii-born, Boston-educated, New York City-based Reverend Freakchild has played in many bands under various monikers. These days he's accompanied by just his harmonica and resonator guitar, an incarnation that's spawned five irreverently spiritual albums (Hymn Hustler, God Shaped Hole, etc.)
No, he's not a real reverend (music is his religion), but he's about as soulful as they come - having spent time in gospel choirs, playing Carnegie Hall in the process. If this is the church of blues, sign us up.
If you like Reverend Freakchild, also check out the Blue Stones at Hard Luck, tonight (Thursday, June 13), 9 pm, NXNE wristband or $15; or Steve Hill on Saturday (June 15) at Yonge-Dundas Square, 2 pm, free, and at the Rivoli, 1 am, NXNE wristband or $20.