INTIMATE GIG ‘LIKE A DATE’
He has shared the big stage with the likes of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band but Jake Clemons will be going small when he visits the Gold Coast for Bleach* Festival tomorrow.
The American is hosting a two-set show at Currumbin’s Soundlounge featuring the soulful sounds from his upcoming album Bittersweet.
His first set will be a solo, acoustic performance in which he will explore his repertoire before bringing out his band.
Clemons loves touring Australia and has fond memories of the country, even though last year’s visit ended in turmoil.
The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist had to rush back to America after learning his father was dying.
“I was in Melbourne and there was an accident,” he says.
“I had to fly home but I was able to be with my Dad as he passed away.
“The people of Australia were extremely kind and they helped me through the difficult time.”
Clemons’ new music explores the win-some-losesome nature of life and his personal journey through the grief of losing his father.
“Life is hard so thank God you get some sweet moments to help us along,” he says. “We all take some losses and we all have gains.”
Clemons is looking forward to trading the big stage for a more intimate setting. He says some of his best performances have been in smaller venues.
“During my European tour last year I played 13 shows and booked two of them inside people’s living rooms,” he says.
“One of the things I’ve learned is to make each show a unique moment.
“A concert is like a first date, and occasionally a second. You’re still trying to get to know each other.
“When you take away the big stage and the guard rails, it just elevates the experience.”
American musician Jake Clemons is toning down.