PERFORMING ARTS HEADLINER
Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band
This year’s headliner is a Seattle favorite: Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band! Clinton Fearon has been playing instruments, composing, singing and songwriting since his early teens and turned professional at age 19.
He was born in Jamaica and become the bassist, vocalist and lyricist for the mythic Gladiators, as well as a session musician for Coxsonne Dodd in Studio One and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s at Black Ark, two of the main producers on the island at this time. He also composed some everlasting bass lines for well-known artists like Yabby You, Jimmy Riley, Max Romeo, Junior Byles and many others.
After leaving Jamaica 1987, Clinton Fearon start a new career from Seattle. With other musicians of the Gladiators, he decided to stay in the US and to found The Defenders. The band built a nice following in the Northwest. After five years the band split and Clinton Fearon formed the Boogie Brown Band with local musicians in 1993.
Clinton Fearon recorded eight albums with Boogie Brown Band and two albums in solo acoustic.
Each song of Clinton Fearon is a strong message coming from the heart of a man who dedicates his life to help a better world to come. With chiselled music and poetic lyrics, he opens reggae to a wider audience who simply loves his beautiful songs.
VISUAL ARTS HEADLINER
James and Janie Washington Foundation
The Dr. James and Janie Washington Center’s mission is to preserve the art, writing, and lifetime works of Dr. James Washington Jr and share the Washington’s vision through the preservation, interpretation and showing of Dr. Washington’s works, studio and the family’s gardens and home. Through the art, philosophy, and the life stories of Dr. and Mrs. Washington, the Foundation endeavors to illuminate the bond between creativity and spirituality by emphasis in the universal wholeness seeing expression through everything . This wholeness synonymous with what we mean when we say God, has the power to bring stone to life.