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Tribute to Gene Clark of the Byrds
Sat, February 25, 2017, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM PST
Tribute to Gene Clark of the Byrds- Very Special Fundraising Concert—— Saturday, February 25, 2017—8 p.m.
Presented on the ‘Carnegie Stage’ of the beautiful, historic South Pasadena Public Library Community Room as part of the South Pasadena Arts Crawl
Live Performances by Kai Clark (Son of Gene Clark) & His Band
Carla Olson—(Former Duo Partner of Gene Clark and Former Leader of the Textones)
John York—Former Member of The Byrds, The Sir Douglas Quintet, and The Mamas & The Papas Touring Band
Peter Lewis—Formerly of Moby Grape and Surprises!
1115 El Centro Street—No reserved seats—Doors Open at 7:30 p.m.—First come, first seated
Gene Clark was the talented singer and songwriter who in 1966 left the groundbreaking rock group The Byrds, less than a year after both of their first two singles, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn Turn Turn”, soared to Number 1 on the U.S. charts. The folk rock pioneers gave Americans an answer to the British Invasion. Clark was a founding member of the pioneering American folk rock group that was first seen by millions on the “Ed Sullivan Show,” Hullaballoo,” and “Shindig.”
Gene Clark was never comfortable in the limelight and moved to Northern California, releasing solo albums only occasionally. 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of his debut solo album “Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers” (released in February 1967). For the album Gene was first able to craft his own unique musical vision. A series of concerts is being coordinated around the U.S. and beyond to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the release of landmark first Gene Clark’s solo album.
Recent years has seen a renewed interest in Gene Clark's oeuvre. In 2016 a grassroots campaign to induct Gene Clark in the Songwriters Hall of Fame was launched and “Gene Clark: The Lost Studio Sessions. 1964-1982” album was released to critical acclaim. All proceeds from the South Pasadena concert will benefit the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library and SPARC, the South Pasadena Arts Council, both 501 (c) 3 nonprofits. Special thanks to Four Suns Productions, Indigo Mariana, Nancy Lem Graphic Design, Saul Davis, Sierra Records/John Delgatto, and 210eastsound!.