Like many musicians, guitarist Les Dudek was inspired by Elvis Presley and the Beatles. Yet, most haven’t gone on to rock out with some of the biggest names in the music business, from Stevie Nicks to Cher to Boz Scaggs.
Dudek, who has released his own solo albums, plays tonight at Slim’s in a show with the Volker Strifler Band. Born in Rhode Island in 1951, Dudek first picked up the guitar at age 11; just a few years later, he started sneaking into bars to play with bands. Around that time, he discovered blues masters Freddie, Albert and B.B. King.
Throughout the years, he toured the world various times. More recently, he has composed and performed instrumental music for television shows including “Friends,” “Access Hollywood” and “Wild On.”
Today’s show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, and each paid admission will be entered to win a guitar — an autographed Epiphone Les Paul. Slim’s is at 333 11th St., S.F. For more information call (415) 522-0333 or visit www.slims-sf.com.