Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies) – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – September 23rd, 2015

Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies)

9:30 Club presents at Jammin Java.

Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies)

Clarence Bucaro

Wednesday September 23, 2015

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

GA $18 | Premier $20 | Premier Plus $20


This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Brad Roberts
Brad Roberts
Five years ago, Brad Roberts put out a tenth Crash Test Dummies record, did a handful of small, memorable shows, and then decided to call it quits. He wasn't the first one to do so.

"Ellen was the last Crash Test Dummy to tour with me," Brad says, " and after the last record, she announced that she was retiring. She just doesn't want to be on the road anymore. She loves having dogs. And she has a great husband whom she missed very much. Not in that order. And I can't blame her."

But that wasn't all.

"My back was bothering me a great deal."
To address his back, Roberts spent five years delving deeply into yoga and eventually became a yoga teacher. He even put out a recording of Sanskrit texts blended with electronic music, under the moniker "Rajanaka: Mantra."

"I had no intention of returning to music, besides little side-projects like the mantra record," he says.

But Roberts became restless .

"There's nothing like getting a crowd's rapt attention. Turns out it's habit-forming. I miss it more than I thought I would."

His attitudes have also changed over the years.

"I used to see touring as a necessary evil; back then, what I really wanted to do was make records. However, I got better over the years at performing - despite myself. Now, I've come full circle: it's the live experience I cherish most."

Roberts decided to call his agent and see if there would be any interest in Brad Roberts as a solo act. There was.

"I'm going to pull some old material out of the proverbial hat," hey says. "I'm looking forward to reinventing it."
Clarence Bucaro
Clarence Bucaro
First and foremost a creative thinker, Clarence Bucaro aims to tell a story through his lyrics.

His tenth studio album Tableau is a vivid set of compositions with indelible audible imagery and heartfelt intimacy. A tableau depicts a scene from a story. It’s a picture, a painting or an image.
Throughout his fifteen year career, Clarence has earned a reputation for his storytelling and open hearted lyrics.

Like a painting, there are many moments of darkness and light in his new record. In Lord, Light Me a Candle, Clarence looks for an eternal light, while reminding others to face their fears in the hypnotic Afraid of the Dark. In Cold Dark Night, he contemplates the system that creates senseless acts of violence like the death of Trayvon Martin in 2013.

"Bucaro excels in delivering penetrative and excitingly melodic observations.” - Rolling Stone

In the transparently truthful Your Love’s Not Close Enough and the thoughtful Timeless, these observations have never been more artful. Co-produced with industry vet Tom Schick, (Wilco, Ryan Adams, Norah Jones) Tableau is a searingly soulful body of work.

Over the years, the Cleveland, Ohio native has wowed crowds across the world with his unique folk-pop style. He has been featured on Sirius XM, NPR, Rolling Stone and the New York Times. Clarence has shared the stage with acts like Los Lobos, Suzanne Vega, Chrissie Hyde, Marc Cohn, Aaron Neville, Blind Boys of Alabama, Rodney Crowell, Richard Thompson and many others.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180