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Lazy Lester’s tour of Kansas City begins Thursday

Lazy Lester is in his 80s, but he hardly lives up to his name. The bluesman from Torras, La., who sings and plays the guitar and blues harp, is in town for three events starting Thursday.

Lester (born Leslie Johnson) has been performing since the early 1950s. His first big break came in the late 1950s, when he struck up an acquaintanceship with blues legend Lightnin’ Slim, who hired Lester to record on a studio session at Excello Records. That lead to a long-term relationship with Excello and producer Jay Miller.

His songs have been recorded by dozens of bands and performers, including the Kinks, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dwight Yoakan and Freddy Fender. In 2011, he released his most recent album, “You Better Listen.”

Here is his Kansas City itinerary.

Thursday: Lester will perform with the Josh Mobley All-Stars at the Ship, 1217 Union Ave. in the West Bottoms. Show time is 10 p.m. Admission is free. It’s a 21-and-older event.

Friday: He performs with Levee Town at Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester in the East Bottoms. Show time is 8:30 p.m. Admission is $15.

Saturday: Lazy Lester will conduct a free blues-harmonica workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Folk Store, 509 Delaware St. The event is sponsored by the Folk Alliance International.

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