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Dancing shoes a must for reggae show at Bike

Clinton Fearon and The Boogie Brown Band will return to Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23 for what organizers promise will be a rousing and free-wheeling night of reggae music.

The band is back by popular demand after a sold-out show at the Bike last May.

Will there be dancing in the street?

“I’d bet on it,” said promoter Pete Welch. “The last time Clinton performed here, we couldn’t accommodate everyone who wanted to come in, so they created their own dance zone out on the sidewalk behind the band.”

Clinton Fearon is counted among Jamaica’s most talented musicians by peers and professionals in the reggae music industry. His infectious bass riffs, guitar licks, percussion accents and powerful vocals make Bassie a living legend among reggae musicians and fans.

For more than 18 years, Fearon was a singer and bass player with the internationally renowned group The Gladiators. In addition to his demanding recording schedule with The Gladiators, Fearon was also a house musician for Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark Studio. Fearon recorded on many of Perry’s best known songs, including “Roast Fish and Cornbread,” which features one of Fearon’s most famous bass lines.

When Fearon relocated to Seattle in 1989 he co-founded The Defenders. In 1990, Fearon released his first compilation of original tunes “Feel The Spirit,” and the first pressing sold out in less than one month.

Fearon formed his own group, the Boogie Brown Band, in 1993. The band’s debut album, “Disturb the Devil,” was a collection of 13 original songs.

The cover charge for Fearon’s show is $10. The concert is for ages 21 and older.

The Red Bicycle anticipates that the show will sell out, and recommends purchasing tickets in advance. Call 463-5959 for tickets or dinner reservations.

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