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Ex-BOC members perform Saturday at the Kate

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Brothers Joe and Albert Bouchard are no longer in Blue Öyster Cult. But they were there from infancy, serving as the rhythm section and contributing numerous iconic songs to the band's catalog over the climb to glory and beyond.

On Saturday, the Bouchard Brothers perform at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. It's a stripped-down trio format — Joe's partner Joan Levy Hepburn, a longtime guitar disciple of Dave Van Ronk, helps out with harmonies and instrumentation — and you'll hear plenty of BOC hits, deep cuts and solo work. In addition, they share oft-hilarious storied and anecdotes about the band that critics ineffectually tagged "the American Black Sabbath."

While certainly innovators in what would become "metal," BOC worked intricate and clever song forms, lulling West Coast-style melodies and harmonies, and a lyrical mythology that continues to transfix longtime fans. An interview with Albert and Joe Bouchard will appear in Friday's Daybreak section.

Bouchard Brothers with Joan Levy Hepburn, 8 p.m. Saturday, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., Old Saybrook; $35; thekate.org, (860) 510-0453.

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