At a time when the radio was flooded with acts looking to cash in on the psychedelic craze, Harvey "The Snake" Mandel made a name for himself as a technical master of the blues guitar. The music industry's ubiquitous respect of Mandel's skills landed him a string of studio gigs with rock legends like The Rolling Stones and John Mayall. His sound, defined by its sustained feedback and slightly distorted, but melodic, tone, has kept this Chicago blues boy relevant for more than 45 years.
Harvey Mandel performs Monday, April 22, 8 p.m. at The Club at Water Street, 204 N. Water St. $15-20. waterstreetmusic.com.