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Jon Cleary

The Oxford American magazine is excited to welcome Jon Cleary to the South on Main stage! This is the third show of their Americana Sub-Series. The series is made possible in part by presenting sponsor Stella Boyle Smith Trust, as well as their season sponsor University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.


“Cleary embodies the heart and soul of the Crescent City, keeping the sound and the fury of its legendary piano pounders alive and kicking.”
—No Depression


Following up on his critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-winning album GoGo Juice, Jon Cleary triumphantly returns with the infectiously ebullient Dyna-Mite (FHQ Records). Sly, slinky, and deeply soulful, the aptly entitled new release finds this Big Easy funk savant—a virtuosic keyboardist, profoundly expressive vocalist, and distinctive songwriter—in peak form on a set of all-original material. Like GoGo Juice, Dyna-Mite was co-produced by Cleary and the prolific John Porter, whose eclectic, behind-the-board credits include albums by Ryan Adams, Billy Bragg, Elvis Costello, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, R.L. Burnside, Taj Mahal, and the late Hammond B-3 master Jimmy Smith.

Dyna-Mite was recorded in several studios around New Orleans, including Cleary’s in-home facility, with accompaniment by a host of the Crescent City’s A-list musicians. “There’s such a great pool of talent in New Orleans,” Cleary comments. “And it’s a real pleasure to work with such a wide variety of the local characters. I’ve been so lucky to have played with so many great New Orleans rhythm sections over the years.”

Jon Cleary’s affinity for New Orleans music goes back to the rural British village of Cranbrook, Kent, where he was raised in a musical family. Today, Cleary’s work pays obvious homage to the classic Crescent City keyboard repertoire created by such icons as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Art Neville, Dr. John, and James Booker—while also using it as a launching pad for a style that incorporates other diverse influences: ’70s soul and R&B, gospel music, funk, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Cuban rhythms.

Cleary is eager for his fans to hear Dyna-Mite. “Dig this latest from my big and greasy, high-class symphony swamp orchestra,” he says with great exuberance. “A killer combination,” Cleary continues, “of horn howlers and snare snappers, bass bangers and guitar grinders…pickin’ up the gettin’ down from the old cats in the saloons, studios, and street parades of New Orleans.”

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Date Information

February 20, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Pricing Info

$38 = Premium Reserved Table
$36 = Reserved Table
$25 = General Admission

TICKET PRICE SERVICE CHARGE TOTAL PER TICKET
$38.00 $ $
$36.00 $ $
$25.00 $ $

Other Info

  • Becoming a subscriber guarantees the same table for every performance in the series.
  • Doors open 2 hours prior to each show.
  • Tickets are available for pickup only on the night of the show when doors open.
  • The venue does not have an on-site box office. Tickets are only sold via Metrotix, or, on the night of the show when the doors open (if tickets remain.)
  • Buying a reserved or premium reserved ticket guarantees you that specific seat. Seating at tables and countertops is "family style." If you do not purchase all the seats at your table, you will be seated with other patrons.
  • General Admission Ticketholders - You may sit at stools at the bar, perimeter chairs not at tables, or you may stand. You are not guaranteed a seat, as seating is limited and only available first-come-first-seated when the doors open. Once all General Admission chairs are taken, there will only be standing room for all other General Admission ticketholders.
  • South on Main does not take reservations for ticketed concerts.
  • Food is served before and throughout the concert.
  • Shows are all ages. Everyone must have a ticket to attend.
  • Free surface lot parking is available.
  • Additional Info: http://southonmain.com/pages/faq-ticketing-seating/

METROTIX SALES END: Noon day of show

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South on Main

1304 Main Street , Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

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