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At Ethel's Lounge, October 10-11 Aaron "Little Sonny" Willis (reportedly so named in honor ot his musical relationship to the late great Sonny Boy WUUamson ) doesn't play around Detroit much these days, having ascended to the rare status ol an active recofdjng artisl nmch in demand on blues circuits all over the country. Huis t's a rare treal when this Motor City harmonica star can be lieanl in the setting which helped produce his daring, uncompromising musical approach, and the folks wlio tiinuxl out tor Sonny it I thel's Cocktail Lounge on the cast side (Mack Avenue east ot Grand Blvd.) last weekend were not sparin;; in their appreciation lor the home-town lavorite. Dancing and prancing in front of a young back-up band, the C.O.D.'s (augmentcd lor the occasion by Little Sonny's sons Tony on bass and Aaron Jr. on lead guitar), Sonny knockcd oul a set including his own compositions "The Day You Left Me," "They Want Money (That's What They Want), Fhe Creepcr Returns" (a mod ;st hit single lor Stax-Fnterprise), ;ind "A Woman Named Trouble." I lis sinpinü and playing wcre slrong as ever. and he warmed the crowd even further when he announced at the end of the last show that he would be back at I Miei's tor tuo more days this coming weekend. Oct. I 7-18. Ethel's is to be commanded tor this steflu booklng, and tor its long-standing eomniitment to presenting the bluei here in lown. I ollowin;! Little Sonny will be the dynamitc duo of Sani & Dave. and there are une peal netghborhood Mués jams to be found there fromtime to time, ii one is lucky eitough loheaj .il. ui them before they're over. Blues lans should check tln line club out, ind you mipht ulso try the Thunda) nighl sets ut Ben's HiChapparaU .isi I (irest út Grallot. wbere the l-'ahulnus Coachmcn and (he Detroit Blues Club do tlieir ihing evcry weck. The Molor t'ity has a rich and continuing blues of which Lit tic Soiiny ís only onc dyitamite part, and his suceesj such .is il e reflects woll on the hole scène. Thanks for stopping back, Little Sonny. We loved il. -JS