I was lucky enough to be able to have the time to check out Otis Clay at the BAM sponsered Brooklyn Rhythm and Blues Festival this afternoon. He put on a beautiful show as did opener Ryan Shaw. Otis Clay is an old school soul belter. If you like Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Staples Singers or Al Green, you'll like Otis. Especially touching was a song that was nominated for a Grammy called "Walk A Mile in My Shoes" about the post-Katrina devastation in which Otis said in the introduction that "many many peoples lives down there are worse now then the day after Katrina." (Thank you George W.) If you would like to hear it go to Otis Clay's website click on "jukebox" and you can listen to it for free.
This summer music series has an impressive lineup every Thursday afternoon through August, next week THE SKATALITES!!
Check the schedule here. Play hooky from work and go! IT"S SUMMER!
P.S. - I can't believe I'm capping this show off by going to see Issac Hayes in Prospect Park tonight. A *STELLAR* day for F.I.B!