If you know reggae music, you know Clinton Fearon. A member of the legendary reggae group The Gladiators, Fearon and his friends are sure to satisfy with their infectious bass riffs, guitar licks, percussion accents and powerful vocals. The group will perform noon to 1:30 p.m., this Thursday, July 26 on City Hall’s outdoor plaza. The show is part of the Seattle Presents free, summer, lunchtime concert series. Go here for the complete summer lineup.
Originally from Jamaica, Fearon came to the U.S. after joining The Gladiators when he was just 19. He played with the band for 18 years, during which time he was also a house musician for Coxsonne Dodd’s Studio One and Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark Studio. In the late 80’s he made Seattle his home and co-founded the reggae group The Defenders. Over the years his songwriting, musicianship and spirit earned him international acclaim as a writer, composer, singer, guitarist, bassist and percussionist.
Continuing this rich musical history, in 1993 Clinton Fearon stepped forward with the reggae group Boogie Brown Band. Since then they have released over 7 albums together, including widely popular releases such as “Mystic Whisper,” which was immediately voted Number One Release by Reggae Vibes/CRM Radio 102.7FM and selected #2 Independent U.S. Release by the prestigious international music magazine, Reggae Report. Today, they spread their music internationally to places such as France and Germany, as well as having played at local festivals such as Bumbershoot and Northwest Folklife Festival.
Their original lyrics and rock steady, hard-driving, stainless rhythms comprise the foundation of their music, which appeals to people of all ages and from all walks of life.
Seattle Presents concerts are presented by the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs in partnership with Seattle Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Improvement District and Triamp Group.