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The Clarks at IUP, October 17, 2009

The Clarks

OnStage presents The Clarks, one of Pittsburgh's favorite bands, playing at IUP Performing Arts Center's Fisher Auditorium on Saturday October 17, 2009, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 or $100 ($100 tickets include VIP seating and a private party with the Clarks after the show.)

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 8:00 a.m. at the HUB ticket window. Charge by phone at 724-357-1313 or purchase tickets on line at IUP

The Clarks are an American rock band that have somehow managed to stay together for over twenty years, support themselves through their music, and remain relative unknowns. Much in the way that Bob Seger was a Detroit-area favorite for over a decade before exploding on the national scene with his Night Moves album, The Clarks, though musically worlds apart, have been superstars in and around their hometown of Pittsburgh, succeeding in Pennsylvania as the national stage awaits them. Now, with the straight-ahead, guitar-driven rock of their album Restless Days, The Clarks are poised to make the same kind of mainstream crossover that Seger experienced in 1976. In fact, perhaps not since Seger has there been an act that’s received such extraordinary notoriety year after year in their hometown while remaining under the radar for the rest of America. But The Clarks have a sound that’s bigger than one town. From the scorching guitars of “Trampoline” to the storytelling of “Midnight Rose,” the new songs deliver a real rock band playing real instruments. Add in overlapping vocals, driving percussion, and great hooks, and you’ve got a cohesive collection of muscular music from a seasoned band that knows their trade. If Green Day played songs written by Paul McCartney, the result might sound a bit like Restless Days.

This new album, The Clarks’ first studio CD in five years, features twelve tracks in all—eleven original songs by The Clarks, plus a rollicking cover of “Wonderful World,” which was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Penguins and used as part of their 2008–2009 season marketing campaign.

Posted on 9/15/2009 10:30:31 AM

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