When a tried-and-true hit-maker decides to take on an X-rated alter ego the way Clarence Reid has done since 1971, you know it’s gonna be catchy and funny as hell, and that’s why Blowfly’s cult following has ground along with the filthy-minded rapper for more than 40 years. If you’ve never caught this caped freak – who sparkles head to toe in true stage spectacle, originally to keep his real identity mildly cloaked – Ralphfest gives you an excuse to finally get nasty with the crude sex maniac who’s regarded as a cultural icon, despite the fact that many stores feared prosecution for stocking his records. History remembers him as the first rapper; fans extol him as the original dirty rapper; you’ll walk away a little wonkier for the encounter. His old-school flow and gritty show is like a Sugar Hill Gang bang. Plus catch more than 20 other bands on three stages at the first night of Ralphfest.
BLOWFLY with the Legendary JC's, My Friend Steve, Thomas Wynn & the Believers, Terri Binion, Lorna Lambey and more | 7 p.m. Friday | Will's Pub, 1042 N. Mills Ave. | willspub.org | $15 for all Friday shows, including Uncle Lou's, Lil Indies and Will's Outdoor Stage