Don’t miss our first concert of the 2016 Season!
Sunday, May 29, 8PM
Jon Cleary & the Monster Gentlemen
“Expert mix of strutting party-starters and beseeching soul anthems, sung in an agreeably raspy voice”—The New York Times.
New Orleans funk master Jon Cleary is a 2016 Grammy award-winner, as well as offBeat Magazine’s 2016 Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Boneyard”), and Best Piano/Keyboardist. We’re so pleased to have him back on The WKC stage for the first time in ten years!
In addition to his decade-long association with Bonnie Raitt’s band, he is renowned around the globe for his considerable skills as a tunesmith, as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist. His 35 years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. While thoroughly steeped in the classic Crescent City keyboard canon—from Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino to Art Neville, James Booker, and beyond—Cleary uses that century’s worth of pianistic brilliance as a point of departure to forge his own eclectic style. Cleary’s sound incorporates such far-flung influences as ‘70s soul, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean (and especially Afro-Cuban) rhythms, and more.
Speaking about his recent (eighth) release, GoGo Juice (FHQ Records) he said “I love New Orleans R&B. I’m a fan, first and foremost. But there’s little point in just going back and re-recording the old songs. I think the greatest New Orleans R&B records are the ones that built on what went before but also added something new. By writing new songs you get to channel all the music you absorb through your own individual set of filters—and the fun is in seeing what comes out. Funk is the ethnic folk music of New Orleans, and I wanted to infuse this album with a sound that was true to the city I love”.
Cleary (lead vocals, piano) will be joined by “Monster Gentlemen” Cornell Williams on bass and A.J. Hall on drums.
$32 ($36 day of); $28 Member ($32 day of); $11 under 19
Tickets available online here.
The West Kortright Centre is a thriving arts & community center in a bucolic farm valley that has been celebrating the arts and life in the northern Catskills since 1975.
The Centre, known for presenting fine programming in an acoustically warm and intimate auditorium, has enticed hundreds of musicians, actors, writers and other performers from as far away as Ireland, Italy, Zaire, Ukraine, Jamaica, Angola, Palestine, Uganda, Cuba, Haiti, Peru, Zimbabwe, Mali, Sweden, Morocco, Israel, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil.
Artists presented at The West Kortright Centre include composers John Cage, Meredith Monk, Peter Schickele, and Virgil Thomson; poets Allen Ginsberg, Sekou Sundiata, and Hayden Carruth; [Read More…]