Smart Bets: Johnny Winter

Blues guitarist Johnny Winter is a man of both legend and infamy. He's known for his high-energy performances as much as for his unique look (Winter was born with albinism, he wears his platinum hair long and he's covered in tattoos) and his battle with drugs. He began his recording career at age 15 and signed with Columbia Records in '68. But you can probably just read about all of that (and his recordings with Muddy Waters, and his trouble with bootlegs, and his dozens of album) in his 2010 autobiography, Raisin' Cain: The Wild and Raucous Story of Johnny Winter. Winter and his band perform at The Orange Peel on Thursday,  Aug. 11. Damon Fowler opens. 9 p.m., $22 advance/$25 doors. theorangepeel.net.

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