Celebrate The Byrds' Gene Clark With Nov. 16 Performance Featuring Members of the Byrds, Beachwood Sparks and More

Posted by Billy Gil, November 12, 2014 04:23pm | Post a Comment

November 17 would have been the 70th birthday of Gene Clark, founding member of legendary rock band The Byrds. Clark’s son, Kai Clark, has organized an intimate concert at Hotel Cafe this Sunday, Nov. 16, to celebrate the life of his father, featuring Kai Clark, Jangle Brothers (with John York, who played bass for The Byrds), Gospelbeach (featuring members of Beachwood Sparks), Carla Olson with The Psychedelic Cowboys, Bob Woodruff and more.

The show takes place from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m., and tickets are $20. You can pick up advance tickets here.

The event also coincides with the re-release of Gene Clark’s long out-of-print 1977 solo album, Two Sides To Every Story. It’s out on CD now and comes with a color, 26-page booklet with photographs by Ed Caraeff from the album cover photo session and liner notes by John Einarson, author of Gene Clark biography, Mr. Tambourine Man. In addition, the CD comes with a download card with more than 90 minutes of exclusive bonus tracks, including a 1975 full-band performance. An earlier LP reissue of the album is also available.

Here’s what Kai told us about what his father’s music meant to him:

“My father’s music has influenced me in many ways. There is something very special and quite unique about his songs and his writing style. He had this amazing voice that is instantly recognizable when you hear it. When I play and sing these songs of his, it inspires me to go out of my comfort zone and to push the envelope of my singing, playing and writing. I know that no one can recreate his voice and writing style and that to me is what makes Gene Clark so special in so many aspects. I try to be as close as I can to the original versions but still add my own style and influence. It’s an honor for me to have the opportunity to play these songs and pay respect to my father through his music.”



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