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Reggae legend brings soulful sound to Bike

Clinton Fearon is a renowned reggae bassist, songwriter and vocalist.  - Courtesy photo
Clinton Fearon is a renowned reggae bassist, songwriter and vocalist.
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Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band will return to Vashon at 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, for a show of roots reggae music at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi.

Born in the countryside of Jamaica in 1951, Fearon has lived a rich musical life. For more than 18 years, he sang, played bass and wrote songs with The Gladiators, an iconic and prolific reggae group that has recorded and performed music for the past 30 years.

In the late 1980s Fearon moved to the United States, settling in Seattle, where he eventually formed the Boogie Brown Band; the group has recorded four albums and toured widely.

Fearon is known for infectious bass riffs as well as his accomplishments as a songwriter, vocalist, guitar player and percussionist.

When asked about his music, Fearon said, “I’m not trying to branch off into anything I’m not totally relaxed with. A lot of other bands try to follow the market. I try to follow my creativity more so than follow the market. It’s what’s in your heart — you have to follow your heart.”

Fearon’s show at the Red Bike will boast a opening acoustic set by Jacob Bain and Mike Marlatt of Trolls Cottage, a band that originated on Vashon and now tours widely. The band has an enthusiastic following on Vashon and beyond.

Concert organizers anticipate that the show will sell out, and recommend that concert-goers buy tickets in advance.

The cover charge for the show is $10, and it is a 21+ event. Call 463-5959 to buy tickets.

Red Bicycle Bistro and Sushi has a full bar and dinner menu, and offers music in a number of styles and genres on its bistro stage each weekend.

Music is curated by Island impresario Pete Welch.

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