Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Jamie McLean Band

Feb 21 2019 · Thu

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$18 Advance / $20 Day of Show / $29 Seated

This event is 21 and over

Jon Cleary
Jon Cleary
With the release of GoGo Juice on FHQ Records, New Orleans funk master Jon Cleary returns to the hard driving, soulful, and funky pop tunes that have brought him critical acclaim since his 1999 album Moonburn.  Beyond Cleary’s considerable skills as a tunesmith he is equally renowned around the globe as an accomplished keyboardist and guitarist, and a deeply soulful vocalist.   Cleary’s thirty-five years of intensive hands-on work on the Crescent City scene has made him a respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. Toussaint, in fact, took time from his busy schedule to write most of the horn arrangements for GoGo Juice.  In addition to the Toussaint touch, GoGo Juice bursts, full flavor, with expert accompaniment by some of New Orleans’ top session men – including fellow keyboardist and vocalist Nigel Hall, and the Dirty Dozen horns – along with members of Cleary’s band, the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, and the veteran production skills of Grammy Award-winning producer John Porter. 

While thoroughly steeped in the classic Crescent City keyboard canon – from Jelly Roll Morton to Fats Domino to Art Neville, James Booker, and beyond – Cleary uses that century’s worth of pianistic brilliance as a point of departure to forge his own unique and eclectic style. “I love New Orleans R&B, “ Cleary explains. “I’m a fan, first and foremost. But there’s little point in just going back and re-recording the old songs. I think the greatest New Orleans R&B records are the ones that built on what went before but also added something new. By writing new songs you get to channel all the music you absorb through your own individual set of filters – and the fun is in seeing what comes out.  Funk is the ethnic folk music of New Orleans, and I wanted to infuse this album with a sound that was true to the city I love”.  

Jon Cleary’s GoGo Juice makes an eloquent, definitive and future-classic statement of his funk-filled artistic vision. A highly musical, masterfully performed expression of Jon’s high energy and exquisite musicianship… Real music played real good!

In 2015, Jon’s album GoGo Juice was nominated for a Grammy Award in the “Best Regional Roots Album” category in which he won the Grammy in February 2016.
Jamie McLean Band
Jamie McLean Band
Jamie McLean had a big decision to make in 2006.
He could continue to tour the globe as the
guitarist for New Orleans’ famed Dirty Dozen
Brass Band playing sets at Madison Square
Garden, Bonnaroo, Japan’s Fuji Rock and working
with the likes of Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews
and Norah Jones. Or he could do it his way, take
the road less traveled and begin to lead Jamie
McLean Band. It seemed as though there was only
one option.
“It was certainly a tough choice to leave my
bread and butter gig but I
could feel it in my heart that I needed to be
singing and recording and
performing my own music. I’ve never been
For the last five years McLean has never looked
back and he’s been relentlessly touring and
recording with Jamie McLean Band. Jamie McLean
Band, which also features Brian Griffin on drums
and Ben Mars on bass has released 5 albums
Sunday Morning (2011), Time Of My Life (2011),
Completely (2010), American Heartache (2008) and
This Time Around (2006).
Touring is a staple for Jamie McLean Band and
they’ve hit the road with the
likes of Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Taj Mahal,
Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi,
Blues Traveler, North Mississippi Allstars, Joan
Armatrading, Drive By
Truckers and Gov’t Mule. Jamie Mclean Band has
also appeared at festivals
such as Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Gathering of the
Vibes, Bele Chere, Ottawa

Blues Fest, Quebec City Summer Fest, and Warren
Haynes’ Christmas Jam to
name a few. McLean has also enjoyed the
sponsorship of Gibson Guitars, Fuchs
Amplifiers, La Bella Strings, Blue Microphones,
John Varvatos and Esquire
Jamie McLean Band is now set to release their
first and long awaited live album. Recorded at
the famed Gibson Showroom in New York City Live
At Gibson captures the band in its element. Live
and in front of a captivated crowd is where
Jamie McLean Band truly shines and this night
was no different. The band dug deep into their
catalog to produce a set list and album that
features their original brand of blues, rock and
soul. Special guests like American Idol winner
Taylor Hicks and Robert Randolph keys man Jason
Crosby add some great flavor to the set. Bluesy
staples like “Crazy About You” and “Country
Living” get turned up even more in front of a
crowd and JMB does more than justice to covers
like Allman Brothers’ “Midnight Rider” and Otis
Redding’s “Mr. Pitiful.”
Jamie McLean Band will tour behind their new
album throughout the US and
Canada this summer. Don’t miss their amazing
live set when they roll into a
town near you!
Venue Information:
The Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Ave
Ardmore, PA, 19003