March 13, 2019

The Emotional Blues of Clarence Spady

In its 25-year history, the River Street Jazz Café has seen them all. Local gems, national acts, and yet to be discovered talent have all taken their turn on our small stage. And we are fortunate to have yet another famous name coming to NEPA as the Clarence Spady Band will be playing at the Jazz Café on Friday, March 22.

Who is Clarence Spady?

Born July 1, 1961, in Paterson, NJ, Clarence Sloan Spady began his career at the age of 5 when his Aunt Bea found him play “High Heeled Sneakers” on his father’s guitar during his uncle’s R&B show at a local Elks Club. He was called on stage and gave his first performance. He’s been charming audiences ever since.

In 1996, Spady released his first album “Nature of the Beast,” which gained an underground following and garnered Spady with a 1997 W.C. Handy nomination for Best New Artist. He has received international recognition by Living Blues Magazine as a Top 40 Blues Artist Under 40 and won the France Blues Trophie for Top International Blues Artist of the Year in 1998. In 2012, Spady was inducted into the International Blues Hall of Fame, presented at Kenny’s Castaways in New York.

Spady has toured all over the world and has appeared regularly at the annual Concert for Planet Earth in Boulder, CO, at Terra Blues in New York City, and even here in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he moved with his family in 1996.

The Blues of Clarence Spady

Once described as “the future of the blues” by the Chicago Tribune, Spady’s music is emotionally charged, creating a unique sound that no one can replicate. His live performances involve emotional guitar riffs, steely vocals, and impressive improvisations.

Having played in Hong Kong, Europe, Canada, and all over the United States, Spady has honed his craft, playing with depth and sensitivity that many musicians can match. He effortlessly combines jazz, blues, funk, Latin, and rock to make it his style. He can bring out a range of emotions through his living performances and recordings, making your heart sing.

Vintage Guitar Magazine has said this about Spady’s music: “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.”

Experience his music for yourself! Check out his performance on the Artie Lange Show:

Reserve Your Seat Now!

Clarence Spady and his band will be at the River Street Jazz Café on Friday, March 22. Doors will open at 8 pm with the showing starting at 10 pm. Cost is $8, and tickets will be available at the door.

And while you’re coming to hear some great music, why don’t you pop in a little early and grab dinner at the Jazz Café? The kitchen will be open from 8 pm to midnight. Reserve your table now by calling the Jazz Café at (570) 822-2992.

See you at the show!