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Garland Jeffreys & The Coney Island Playboys with Clarence Bucaro - 6/1/18Friday, June 01 2018 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start / Ends 9:30 PM (Estimated End Time)
- Front Premier
- Bar Stool
Garland Jeffreys & The Coney Island Playboys with Clarence Bucaro - 6/1/18
at City Winery Washington DC
- 6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM
- 9:30 PM (Estimated End Time)
- Front Premier
- Bar Stool
Garland Jeffreys has been making provocative, personally charged urban rock and roll since the late 1960s. The “Brooklyn-born, socially conscious singer-songwriter who summed up a solo recording career of nearly half a century with 14 Steps to Harlem in 2017” (New York Times) has never been easy to pigeonhole but has always carried cultural significance well beyond his name recognition.
George Pelecanos wrote a scene in HBO’s “The Deuce” as an homage to Garland and the shows he performed wearing blackface masks back in the 70s. In UPROXX, when Pelecanos was asked “What’s the significance of the band doing the “96 Tears” cover at the bar in the finale?” he replied “It’s Garland Jeffreys. He was covering that song in the early 70s, and he’d sometimes perform it in blackface, though he’s half-black himself. When punk started in the ’70s, they were covering a lot of garage band songs in the ’60s that were punk before punk, and that was one of them. What we’re doing there is saying, ‘There’s something happening here, but it hasn’t been identified.’”
From proto-punk to rock to folk to blues to reggae (Bob Marley once said he was the best interpreter of reggae in the US) Jeffreys has long held the respect of his peers and the breadth of contributors to his recordings and performances reflect that, as well as an ahead of his time penchant for musical genre-bending: Dr. John, The E Street Band, John Cale, Michael Brecker, Larry Campbell, The Rumour, James Taylor, Sly & Robbie, Sonny Rollins, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lou Reed among many more have recorded and performed with him. It’s a testament to both the broad appeal and diversity of his music that his songs have been covered by hardcore punk legends The Circle Jerks (whose version of “Wild in the Streets” is a skater anthem), psych-folkies Vetiver and jazz trumpeter Randy Brecker.
On his latest release14 Steps To Harlem, co-produced by James Maddock and featuring core band members Mark Bosch, Charly Roth, Brian Stanley and Tom Curiano, guest spots by Brian Mitchell, Aaron Comess and Ben Stivers, a gorgeous duet with daughter Savannah and a radiant violin solo by Laurie Anderson, Jeffreys delivers what fans have come to expect: edgy immediacy and literate, emotionally raw lyrics combined with a still supple voice capable of singing in a practically limitless number of styles. Critics have weighed in with:
More proof that he deserves musical comparisons that fall somewhere between Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen and Graham Parker — Pop Matters
One of rock's most compelling voices — American Songwriter
Shows the now 73-year old songwriter still reveling in the kind of wide-ranging songwriting that has today become a lost art — Stereophile
A 2016 Long Island Hall of Fame inductee, a NY Blues Hall of Famer, appearing in the Wim Wenders film “The Soul of a Man,” recipient of the prestigious Schallplattenkritik Prize in Germany and the Tenco and Premio Prizes in Italy, and performing at world-class festivals such as Byron Bay Blues, Montreux Jazz, Ottawa Folk and Fuji Rock, Garland Jeffreys will not go gently into that good night.
His live performances and his joy for life are undiminished. He will still jump from the stage and strut through the audience. When one story ends there’s always another about to begin... — No Depression
Backed by a crack band, Jeffreys bring his great songs, powerful voice and buoyant personality — The New Yorker
A seriously satisfying high-octane show — Huffington Post
On May 18, 2018, Bucaro releases his powerful new studio album, Passionate Kind, on indie 2020 Records.
“Entering Clarence Bucaro’s folksy and soulful new album, ‘The Passionate Kind,’ is like coming upon a small town blinking in darkness. I felt a character introduce himself at the city limits, then bid me follow ––and I did: through vivid dreams and ghostly doubt; great fear and small revelations; through love both lost and found. I don’t know if the stories herein are factually true to their author, or just mystically true to our collective and shared experience. But I do know that I wholly believe the singer when these generous songs unspool, and too that I might decide to stay for a while…look for work, maybe, and a clean start. This place feels both fresh and familiar, I mean to say; inviting. And like a fella could make a whole life for himself here if he had to."
-GRAMMY AWARD WINNING SINGER SONGWRITER JOE HENRY
Passionate Kind recorded at The Loft in Chicago co-produced by Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams) features sensational artists Chris Farney (Josh Radin) on drums, Scott Ligon (NRBQ, Mavis Staples) on piano and bass and Doug Pettibone (Marianne Faithful, Lucinda Williams) on guitar.