San Pedro Slim, who along with special guest and frequent collaborator guitarist Henry Carvajal will be playing Saturday at the Arcadia Blues Club, was born David Kiefer, in the gritty seaport town from which he takes his stage name.

The wailing singer, songwriter and harmonica player started out his professional life there, playing his first professional gig at a seedy bar in 1991. Slim got an early musical education by soaking up the sounds of the artists he saw at local venues, among them James Harmon, Johnny Dyer, Smokey Wilson and Rod Piazza.

His first album, “Another Night on the Town,” was released in 1997, featuring a cast of top blues artists, including Carvajal. Slim has released a string of CDs since then, and he plays festivals and clubs around the area.


Music starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Blues Club, 16 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (626) 447-9349 or visit