Riding high on his latest release, “Universal Breakdown Blues,” rock/blues beacon Popa Chubby brings his premeditated return to the world of blues to Harbor Park. In the course of his almost 20-year career, his tempestuous, soulful playing  — and imposing presence — as never been more powerful.

Born Ted Horowitz, son of a candymaker, in the Bronx, Popa Chubby has described his performance style as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson." His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force.

Popa Chubby has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, where in many territories he is a star. His first gigs were in the NYC punk scene as a guitarist for what he called a crazy Japanese special effects performance artist in a kimono called Screaming Mad George, who had a horror-movie inspired show. Right from the start he was immersed in rock ‘n’ roll as theater, and he learned from George and others playing CBGB’s at the time that rock should be dangerous. These included the Ramones, the Cramps and Richard Hell, whose band, the Voidoids, he joined.

The blues, however, was the foundation of his playing style. He had grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, so when he started playing blues in New York punk clubs he understood that the blues should be dangerous, too.

That element of the blues is something Popa Chubby keeps alive in his music. The compelling songs on “Universal Breakdown Blues” provide a parallel to the lament that inspired such blues icons as Howlin’ Wolf and Robert Johnson, sublime slices of his fractured life that relate to most universal of themes — the passage of love, loss and having to find the path back.

"I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from within ‘Universal Breakdown Blues.’ There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation,” he said. “Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.”

Popa Chubby’s current lineup includes Erik Boyd on bass and Sim Cain on drums.