Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber


Reggae master returns to Vashon for a show

September 4, 2013 · 10:56 AM

Clinton Fearon is bringing his famed reggae band to town. / Frank Blanquin Photo

A crowd-pleasing band will return to Vashon at 9 p.m. Friday, when Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band plays a show at Red Bicycle Bistro.

Fearon, who came of age in the late 1960s and 70s playing music in Kingston, Jamaica, was a founding member of the Gladiators, a legendary reggae band.

He moved to Seattle in 1989 and quickly co-founded a band called The Defenders. In 1993, he founded his current band, and he has been wowing audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond ever since.

Fearon plays bass, guitar and percussion, and also sings lead vocals and background harmonies.

Tickets to the show are $10. The Red Bike has hosted several sold-out shows with Fearon in the past and anticipates the same for this one, so it is highly advised that concert-goers buy tickets in advance by calling 463-5959 or purchase them in person at the venue prior to the event.

“If you like roots reggae, this is a show you won’t want to miss,” said Pete Welch, who organizes most of the musical acts for the Red Bicycle. “Clinton Fearon has quickly won the hearts of many an islander and will pack the dance floor with happy feet.”

Welch, who is also the co-founder of Vashon Events, said Fearon is one of his favorite performers.

The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. After that, the venue is for ages 21 and older only.

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