|The SugarTank (VIP Only)||Sat||3:00 PM|
|Chameleon Club (Main)||Sat||10:45 PM|
|Tellus 360 (The Temple / Back)||Sun||2:00 PM|
Blues Guitarist Extraordinaire
Described as “the future of the blues” by Bill Dahl (Chicago Tribune), Clarence’s sound has become more distinguishable now more than ever before. He plays with a depth and sensitivity that can’t be taught, effortlessly combining blues, jazz, funk, latin and rock into his own unique style. His moving guitar play, rough street-edged vocals, songwriting and live improvisations are demonstrated with every performance.
Born, Clarence Sloan Spady on July 1, 1961 in Paterson, NJ., he’s be performing professionally since the age of 5, ever since his Aunt Bea found him playing “High Heeled Sneakers” on his father’s guitar backstage one night at his Uncle Fletchey’s R&B show at a local Elks Club. He’s been startling people with his immense God-given guitar playing ever since. In short, Clarence is one of those artists that can actually move people. He brings out a range of emotions in you throughout his performances and recordings.
“ A soulful singer and hot guitarist who takes the blues of BB King and Albert Collins, and mixes it with the soul of Ray Charles and some funk of James Brown”
– Jazz Café, Hong Kong
“One of those rare surprises that smacks you upside the head and lets you know how lucky you are to be able to the listen to music.”
– Vintage Guitar Magazine
“This is blues music for the 21st century: lively, sophisticated, and proud of its roots.”
-Rev. Keith Gordon, About.com
“Clarence Spady’s outstanding skills as a pleasantly fresh songwriter, solid vocalist, and as a superb guitarist who rises above it all. This is future Blues, with prior influences firmly in place, performed to absolute perfection.” – Bob Putignano, Blues Wax
Clarence Spady and band appear three times at this festival. The first is Saturday afternoon for an intimate VIP only (Presented by Lexus) performance at The Sugartank Recording Studio, from 3 to 4 pm. Space is limited here, so if you want to see this one, come early. The studio is in what was once one of the oldest radio stations in the U.S. It is up a long flights of steps with no elevator.
The second show has Clarence playing electric guitar at Chameleon Club later Saturday night starting at 10:45 pm. and going to well past midnight.
Clarence returns on Sunday afternoon for an acoustic performance at Tellus 360 in the back from 2:00 to 3:30 pm.
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