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GERALD McCLENDON - MOTOWN DANCE PARTY - it's Funk'n Soul Night at The Venue!

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THE VENUE 21 South Broadway Aurora, IL 60505

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The Venue is pleased to present MOTOWN DANCE PARTY with the SOULKEEPER - GERALD McCLENDON, Saturday, October 29 at 8pm. Doors open 7pm. It's Funk'n Soul Night at The Venue!

Advance Admission - Premium Seating - $20

Advance General Admission - $15

+ $5 at the Door



Gerald, known in Chicago as the “Soulkeeper.” One of the most reminiscent and versatile soul, R&B, singer/songwriter/performer in the recording industry. Gerald McClendon has graced the stage to sellout crowds to practically all the major entertainment venues throughout the Midwest area. In addition, his unique performance has allowed him to captivate audiences internationally in locations such as Asia and Sidney, Australia.

If you love R&B Soul music, you’ll truly fall in love with Gerald McClendon and his extraordinary style of performing R&B standards such as classic soul music and sounds of Motown, Stax and Atlantic records. He draws from the everlasting era of artist such as Ottis Redding, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Chi-Lites, Stevie Wonder and even songs of the Frank Sinatra jazz era. Gerald McClendon’s love for music screams out loud with his passion and love of entertaining his audiences.

His artistry and songwriter style allows him the rare ability to take a song that has been ingrained in the public consciousness, reshape it, and make it his own without losing the emotional essence. Gerald recorded and released his debut CD titled, CHOOSE LOVE, where his voice and lyrics embrace his passion, holding onto the tradition of keeping what he describes as “soul music,” with a fresh, evocative, sensual and truly original voice.

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois; Gerald has loved music since the tender age of 4 and would sing along with the music playing on the radio. Gerald has become one of the most versatile artists who proudly give praise to the Masters of R&B icons; such as, Marvin Gaye, Wilson Picket and Otis Redding. His love for music embraces all genres and he's prolific in many other forms such as Rock, Blues, and Country as well as Jazz Standards. Gerald has the ability to impress audiences with versatility by filling desires in any genre.

Gerald McClendon has performed in a variety of settings with over 1,000 performances to raving audiences. To mention a few, Gerald has collaborated with numerous musical projects; such as the recording of the theme song for the theatrical Play, “10 Percent of Molly Snyder.” Gerald was the featured vocalist on the CD titled, “Mother Blues”. He sang a track on “Tribute to Aerosmith” and he was a featured singer on a CD by Twist Turner. Gerald’s recent performances include performing at a private “End of The Season” celebration for the TV Personality Judge Mathis at Nouveau Tavern a new club, located downtown Chicago, and a performance in Las Vegas at Rock-N-Roll Fantasy Camp in which renowned, singer, songwriter and producer, Todd Rundgren also performed. He and his band have been performing at the club/restaurant, Untitled throughout this last year. Currently Gerald is launching a new project featuring songs by Ottis Redding with a Spanish acoustic twist with “The Guitars of Spain”.

When one considers, Gerald McClendon’s originality, passion and ability to have an audience lose themselves in his music, authentic stage performance and ability to make vintage standard sound as fresh and lively as his own original music; there is no doubt that Gerald McClendon will continue to be a major attraction at clubs, festivals and private events for many years to come.

So get ready to tap your feet, dance the night away and embrace the music and performance of the “SOULKEEPER,” GERALD MCCLENDON, because that is exactly what happens worldwide when he hits the stage.

Guest of the famous Back-Room establishment on Rush Street in Chicago was in for a night they would never forget, when they were treated to a special engagement with one of Chicago’s most talented vocalists, Mr. Gerald McClendon. Gerald was happy to treat the sold out crowd to a selection of cover songs from Sinatra, Smokey Robinson, to a handful of Motown classics that brought the house down. But the true highlight of this special evening was the songs he performed from his CD “Choose Love.” For a moment he you forget all of your troubles as he brought you inside each one of his songs, with style and flair that seems to be missing from many of today’s performers. Joey Kesnlicce ~ Chicago Loop News

“Choose Love” is a relaxing, mid-tempo piece of mellow soul. This CD by Gerald McClendon is quite interesting in that there’s not one overall sound to the album but a range of different approaches to some good songs, which is quite refreshing in this producer-dominated era. The title song is relaxing, mid-tempo piece of mellow soul. Dean Johnson ~ (UK) North-West Soul Scene ~ B & S Soul

The Chicago blues circuit turns gold on the album, Vision Nation – Blues wax Ezine with the help of Gerald McClendon. McClendon takes on a newer project with “Pink,” rocking his way through the second tune on the album. ~ NITE-LIFE NOTES

Gerald McClendon: A Chicago Classic! This man puts class back into the classics. The heart and soul back into the rhythm and blues and a smooth sense of style into jazz. He is everything that is missing from music today. He was even hand-picked to appear on the House of Blues compilation CD. This might give you an idea of what this man is all about. ~ Nick Taylor Chicago Loop News

My goal is to reach one and teach one students of all cultures and background the tradition of R&B Soul music and the blues. I along with my band was invited by the Blues Experience Band to participate in a concert Series in 23 Evanston schools working with the Evanston In-School Music Association (EISMA) a wonderful program that brings music, education and performances to the schools in Evanston, IL. I will never forget this experience and I am sure the kids formed a new understanding of blues music and its long-lived tradition. ~ Gerald McClendon “The Soulkeeper”