Friday, June 16th at 6:00 PM
Ambler, PA-based soul roots reggae jam rocker JAY D CLARK has played music publicly since 2008, amassing fans from around the world online since before he began his live music career. Working in the east coast film, video, music, and art scene for years, JDC amassed a wide-ranging repertoire of multi-media skills. He also began playing guitar at age nineteen and first recorded five original songs in 2004 at Turtle Studios for the soundtrack of a short film that he wrote, directed, produced and starred in. The film was screened at several film festivals nationally and led to JDC releasing the five songs on a Myspace page, which amassed over 30,000 friends and fans years before he ever played the songs live anywhere.
For four years after that, Jay D managed Media Bureau, a highly-touted underground multi-media production facility and gallery in Philadelphia. There he met Chuck Treece, a ground-breaking pro skater and prolific studio and touring musician, while working on his movie project Order of the Quest. Treece, who has worked with acts like The Roots, G Love, Pearl Jam, Bad Brains, McRad, Slightly Stoopid, Billy Joel, Sting, Busta Rhymes, Michael Franti, The Movement and others. JD played Chuck his five recorded songs from the 2004 short film, which led to Chuck convincing JD to pursue music more seriously. Treece co-produced, engineered and cut almost all musical tracks on Clark’s first record Fall of the City.
The 2008 record started JDC’s foray into live music shows. Treece guided Clark as a bandleader into the unique situation of playing with talented, different backup bands for almost every show while on tour. When playing in the home region JDC played with either an area band backing him or gathered an unrehearsed group from a sizable, select pool of talented musicians for improv sets of originals and covers. He now mostly plays shows with a smaller, steadier lineup home and on tour.
In 2012, Jay D began work on his second record Intelligent Design, which was released in October 2013 and has received strong college radio play across the U.S. JDC has opened for established bands like Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, Rebelution, Matisyahu, SOJA, The Wailers, The Movement, Ballyhoo, B Foundation, Supervillains, Seedless and more. JDC has also played with musicians who’ve worked with acts like Jay Z, Matisyahu, Bad Brains, Ludicris, Maxi Priest, Sly & Robbie, John Brown’s Body, The Movement, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Lenny Kravitz, Brian Wilson, Ween, Whitney Houston & more.
In his previous tours, JDC has been backed by over 30 upcoming national and regional touring bands like TreeHouse!, Three Legged Fox, Cheezy and the Crackers, Sun-Dried Vibes, Domino Effect, Of Good Nature, Jahman Brahman, Resinated, Sidereal, Yamadeo, Burning Tree, Si Senorita, 9 Mile Roots & more. Jay D Clark currently has 50+ shows on his schedule including playing the main stage at the Mann Music Center July 16 for Reggae in the Park with Ziggy Marley, Beres Hammond and some of reggae’s biggest acts.