Shuggie Otis at the National 

Tuesday, Oct. 8

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There aren’t too many people in this world who can say they told the Rolling Stones no. Shuggie Otis is one of them. In 1974 he declined their offer to tour with the group to promote his then-new album, “Inspiration Information.” A landmark achievement in psychedelic soul, the reclusive songwriter and guitarist vanished after it was released. It wasn’t until David Byrne re-released his seminal third album in 2001 that the man who gave the world “Strawberry Letter 23” (a top 10 hit for the Brothers Johnson) became part of the hipster vernacular once again. Equal parts Hendrix, Al Green and Stevie Wonder, the Syd Barrett of funky soul plays the National on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. Trust me: This is one show you don’t want to miss. thenationalva.com.

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