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Sharp Dressed Men

Long before pop stars set out to create a brand image, there were the burly, bearded guys of ZZ Top. From the late ’70s to today, even folks who couldn’t name one of the band’s songs could likely recognize its signature look. Bassist Dusty Hill’s and guitarist Billy Gibbons’s matching, wizard-like beards, sunglasses, and biker chic are as much a part of the band as their honky-tonk, boogie rock. But while they might appear like self-caricatures, the guys, along with drummer Frank Beard, still seriously shred. It’s hard to imagine in the era of prefab pop-rock, but at one time, ZZ Top lit up the charts. It did so with watering-hole favorites such as “Legs,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Rough Boy,” and many others. Those days have passed, but the music lives on anywhere there’s cheap booze and loose morals. It’s been just a little more than a year since the act last hit South Florida for West Palm Beach’s SunFest. This Wednesday will find them in much more dignified digs, at Hard Rock Live’s indoor arena.
Wed., June 8, 8 p.m., 2011

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