Johnny Clarke Cooks Musical Feast in L.A.
Clarke’s assistant chefs for the night, helping him whip up a rich, righteous bounty of Rastafari-inspired tunes—with a helping of lovers’ rock—were legendary Soul Syndicate band members: bassist Fully Fullwood, drummer Santa Davis, and guitarist Tony Chin (all playing as part of the “Fully Fullwood Band,” that includes veteran master-keyboardist Michael Hyde).
Starting the evening off in style, and serving as a wonderful appetizer for the historic roots tunes the Dub Club patrons would hear from Johnny Clarke, was a local 1960s ska/rocksteady-revival band called “The Steady 45s”; funky, talented, and cool, they dedicated their set to legendary Jamaican saxophonist (and co-founder of The Skatalites), Lester Sterling, who passed in May.
With these basic but important details and descriptions in mind, I hope you enjoy my exclusive video footage and photos—that you can access in this article—from the show. Be sure to check back in a few weeks to read (or listen to) my interview of Johnny Clarke—conducted backstage—in which we discussed late legendary producer Bunny Lee, the Bible, Rastafari, and more. Blessings!