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Bringing on a night of blues

February 23. 2013 2:46PM

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Blues guitarists Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang are hitting the F.M. Kirby Center stage tomorrow night, but when that party ends the night of spectacular blues won’t stop.

The Clarence Spady Band will pick up right where the Kirby duo leaves off at the River Street Jazz Café, beginning at 10:30 p.m.

Spady, a 40-something musician who was born in Paterson, N.J., and is now a Scranton resident, got his first guitar at age 4, a time in his life when he learned all about the blues from his dad.

His first show followed two years later when he played with his father and older brother at a Paterson Elks Club, and he’s been hooked ever since.

Spady spent much of the 1980s with the Greg Palmer band, opening for acts such as the Temptations and the Four Tops. He played gigs in the Scranton area in the late 1980s and stepped into the role of band leader by the early ’90s.

Want an earful of crazy-good, atypical sounds? Head over to the River Street Jazz Café on Thursday for Charles Havira and The Great Party.

The Great Party classifies itself as indie rock and pop, heavily influenced by pop music from England. The band consists of Mike Nordberg on keys and guitar, Matt Mang on bass, Matt Hannon on drums and husband-wife duo Mike and Rosaleen Eastman.

Charles Havira is a folk-rock musician who recently toured in support of “Dulcet,” a live solo performance. His next recording will focus on an electric album, a total departure from the sounds he’s been producing.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House will welcome the Jeanne Jolly Band tomorrow night.

Frontwoman Jeanne Jolly hit it big when she was the featured vocalist for Chris Botti, a Grammy Award-winning jazz trumpeter.

Jolly’s voice is pop-country, though she crosses into the jazz territory now and again. She has performed throughout North America with world-renowned symphonies in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Monterey Jazz Festival.

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