The BandTracy Clark.............Vocals Michael Clark..........Guitars Clayton Ives.........Drums Dave Hill.................Bass Bill Cann.................Trumpet, Harmonica Curtis Brown..........Saxophone, fluteRoy Brown.............Trombone John Wilkins ...........Organ
R&B, Blues, Soul, Rock, Jazz, Funk. These are the musical styles tastefully blended by The Michael Clark Band featuring Tracy Clark -- sometimes in the same song! In the classic tradition of The Ike and Tina Turner Revue, the band incorporates many different musical styles into their show. Powerful vocals and tight musical arrangements are trademarks of every performance. This is music you can dance to as well as listen to. There are no "set" set lists; the band generally starts with an instrumental then Tracy takes the stage and look out! Whether honoring the original rendition of a classic number or performing an original tune, the music is presented in the band’s own funky style.
Although the band has been in existence since 1991, things changed dramatically when Tracy came on board in 1996. What started as a blues/rock guitar band evolved into an all-out R&B revue. Tracy’s vocals, stage presence, and attitude coupled with one of the tightest rhythm sections in the area is guaranteed to move anyone. Add one of the funkiest horn sections on the East Coast and you have all the elements for a great musical experience.
OpeningsThe diversity of the band is also evidenced by the equally diverse artist they have opened for including classic R&B artists and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members James Brown, Al Green, Jerry Butler, and Ruth Brown. Openings for classic blues artists include Roomful of Blues, Saffire-The Uppity Blues Women, and Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin. They have also opened for New Orleans performers Bryan Lee and Sonny Landreth.
Awards & Achievements 2008 winner of the River City Blues Society’s (RCBS) Battle of the Bands Contest and 2007 winner of the Natchel’ Blues Network’s (NBN) Battle of the Bands competition. By winning these events, the band earned a position at the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis, TN. The band also has the distinction of being one of the few unsigned bands to perform on Bourbon Street in New Orleans at the Blues Club. The band is also a two-time winner of the MEONA "Best Local Blues Band" award and winner of 2007 MEONA “Best Entertainer” award.