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Michael Clem Trio 10th Anniversary Show
Jan 3 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15 – $18
By 2010, I had been in Charlottesville for two years playing some fun sideman roles, but it was time to put my own act together. I had amassed a number of original songs that needed a platform, preferably acoustic.
I had known Rusty Speidel for years, as his SGGL act were like big brothers to my EFO when we were first starting out. Rusty had just joined me for my house concert in Chicago and the chemistry was great. Back in town, I had just befriended stellar musician Thomas Gunn, who impressed me with his upright bass work in a local theatrical production of Lost Highway: The Hank Williams Story. Thomas and I started meeting every Tuesday morning, swapping songs – a mutual admiration society, of sorts.
Pulling these two strangers together for my trio proved to be a winning combination. The instrumentation & vocal harmonies locked in almost immediately. We quickly built up a setlist of originals and thoughtful covers and started playing for anyone who would have us.