Thursday, November 17 / 6:00 p.m.
Special Community Concert
CLARENCE SPADY & THE ELECTRIC CITY BAND
featuring THE BERKS HORNS
with opening act
BUSKER INCOGNITO TRIO hosting CROSSROADS BLUES JAM
143 Spook Lane, Reading, PA 19606
Reservations: Call 610-373-3982
Clarence Spady is thoroughly motivated when it comes to his career.
“Here we are in the saddle,” says the veteran blues guitarist. “I’ve got both hands on the reins right now. So I don’t plan on letting go.”
Excellent news for contemporary blues fans who are well aware of Spady’s acclaimed 1996 album Nature of the Beast and his equally impressive 2008 followup Just Between Us.
Born into a musical family in Paterson, N.J., Clarence Spady played blues guitar with his father and uncle, and made his stage debut at age 5, playing “High-Heel Sneakers” at the local Elks Club.
Through the ‘80s, he got plenty of experience playing in the R&B band A Touch of Class and Greg Palmer’s Pennsylvania-based band.
In the early 1990s he started his own West Third Street Blues Band in Scranton, where he still lives. His 1996 album, “Nature of the Beast,” was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist, resulting in great success as a touring band and regular gigs at Terra Blues in Greenwich Village.
He won a Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Album of the Year for “Just Between Us” (2008), and he recently released a new album, “Surrender” (Nola Blue Records).
Clarence and the Electric City Band will be joined by The Berks Horns, featuring Mike Anderson on sax, Rob Diener on trumpet, and John Loos on trombone. The Berks Horns have performed with Clarence several times during the Berks Jazz Fest.
The Busker Incognito Trio formed in 2021 as the opening act for Busker Incognito & THE SHOW, an original concert and live music happening that kicked off the 2021 Reading Blues Fest.
Bringing a genuine street vibe to the crossroads of the listener’s mind, The Busker Incognito Trio taps into the rhythms, vibe and themes that make the blues one of America’s most beloved root music treasures.
Using a modest array of instruments including guitars, harmonica and cajon, The Busker Incognito Trio is equally at home on street corners as it is in concert halls. The trio’s music will be featured in the soon to be released live version of Busker Incognito: THE SHOW, scheduled for worldwide release in conjunction with Reading Blues Fest in November. Veteran musicians in diverse styles, The Busker Incognito Trio is Dave Kline, guitar and vocal; John King, guitar, harmonica and vocal; Chuck Steinl, cajon.
Clarence Spady Web Page