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Nathan Farrell Entertainment & Elastic Entertainment present

Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen (UK/USA)

Friday 17 November 2017 (opening 8:00pm)

at The Zoo ( venue info )
711 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley QLD
www.thezoo.com.au

**18+**

Reserve Tickets

Price includes booking fees

18+ $66.85

Hitting Australian shores with his Absolute Monster Gentlemen for the first time since his 2016 Grammy Award win for new album ‘GoGo Juice’, Jon Cleary has officially announced the Australian leg of his World Tour for this November.
 
A hot ticket on Australian shores where he has sold out everywhere from Sydney's Opera House (Legends of New Orleans tour) to The Corner Hotel and torn up festival stages across the country from Bluesfest and WOMADelaide to Wangaratta Jazz, this is a Grammy Award winning album tour not to be missed.
 
A respected peer of such New Orleans R&B icons as Dr. John and the late Allen Toussaint (who wrote most of the horn arrangements for GoGo Juice) Jon Cleary came to international fame through his work in the bands of Taj Mahal, John Scofield, Dr. John and Bonnie Raitt, with Raitt unabashedly dubbing him “the ninth wonder of the world.”

The Album

 
Working alongside Grammy Award-winning producer John Porter (Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, B. B. King) Cleary says “Funk is the ethnic folk music of New Orleans, and I wanted to infuse ‘GoGo Juice’ with a sound that was true to the city I love.” Watch the GoGo Juice Album Trailer here.
 
Thoroughly steeped in the classic New Orleans 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. As heard in the widely varied grooves and textures of GoGo Juice, Cleary’s sound incorporates such far-flung influences as ‘70s soul, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean (and especially Afro-Cuban) rhythms and more. “I love New Orleans R&B, “ Cleary explains.  “I’m a student of it – and a fan, first and foremost.  But there’s little point in just going back and re-recording the old songs – although on my live solo shows, especially in New Orleans, I make a point of trying to keep the fast- disappearing tradition of the R&B pianist/singer alive by playing the old songs that are in danger of being forgotten. As for recording, however, 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 emerges.”


The Man

 
Born in Kent, England to a musical family, Jon Cleary epitomizes the fanaticism and inherent single mindedness of a musician who decides that he simply wasn’t born where he was supposed to be. Like Dylan to New York, infatuated with the music of New Orleans throughout his entire childhood, as soon as he was old enough to leave school, Cleary took off for the Crescent City. When his flight touched down he had the taxi take him straight to the Maple Leaf, a funky uptown bar which then featured such New Orleans piano legends as Roosevelt Sykes and James Booker. 35 years and 8 albums later – he’s now a defining part of New Orleans musical heritage.

This is an 18+ event.

* Over 18's only unless advertised otherwise. * Photo ID is essential,­ acceptable ID is a current and valid Australian Photo Drivers Licence or Passport. Please check with the venue for any other acceptable forms of photo ID * All children under 18 not permitted including small children and babies * Intoxicated persons will not be admitted * No thongs or steel cap boots * The venue reserves the right to refuse admission to any person * Dangerous behaviour including Crowd Surfing, Stage Diving, Moshing and Violent Dancing is not allowed and will result in your immediate removal from this venue.*Inappropriate behaviour at this venue will lead to your banning.*

Things to know about when coming to the Zoo .... 1. everyone is welcome 2. we don't have a dress code 3. you must be over 18 to attend 4. we practise responsible service of alcohol 5. we provide free water 6. we do not serve rum 7. we don't serve double shots 8. we don't have a cloak room 9. we are wheelchair friendly - non-motorised wheelchairs only (please always call ahead to organise assistance with entry) 10. there is a taxi rank located outside 11. mcwhirters car park is located across the road 12. we are a please and thank you venue 13. we are a standing room only venue, no allocated seating provided BE AWARE OF WHERE YOU PARK IN THE VALLEY AS TOWING OCCURS