The Music Maniac In Bradenton, FL

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 clark8888    62 years old    male    Bradenton, FL    member since 2014

Local Bradenton Musician

I play 20 instruments and sing and am a professional stand up comic plus a photographer and artist. Have been performing since age 6 and started doing gigs by 11 and currently am retired but am always looking still to perform and try to donate money to good causes or help the homeless. My musical background consists of a lot of trail and error so basically I'm self taught and honestly don't know how to read music but can just hear it maybe twice and pick up on how it goes. I make all my own midis and literally can sound like a six to eight piece band. There's nothing more rewarding than seeing people smile knowing they're having a good time and if I sing a bad song then i'll follow it up with a good joke. Billy Joel's "piano man" describes exactly who I am and always will be. Everything done here is done from the heart and my wanting to make others happy. Right now I'm seeking out more gigs thus more ways to help others who are less fortunate. Music is everything to me and performing a way to captivate and enlighten others in a positive way!

Musical Influences & Inspiration

My musical influences are varied but here Gino the best voice I've ever heard and the gifted person in music but so underrated and a gentle kills you with kindness and the best example of who I try to be. Stevie years ago I got a chance to meet him and found we're on the same level plus the most prolific person I've ever seen with a need to reach out to others I adore. A musical genius and that's putting it light! John now stevie called him a genius and he was an incredible force in music and used that talent for peace! Elvis Presley & Buddy they each set a standard and bridged the gap thus bringing people together! great musicians and all met them on their last tour and photographed them. Carol she wrote really good songs with an unmatched performance. Saw her and James blew me away! They came at a time when America was ready for r&b and Motown was in it's simply awesome. John Simply the best guitarist and a voice that's all incredible talent & great songwriter. Whitney a voice that stood out and sadly missed. probably the best group of the late 70's and early 80' Steve Perry was the best rock singer to be totally self trained and could step up and sing anything. In his style he was perfect pitch and range! And there's so many others I could mention. I've actually met and photographed most of them. One other stand out is Kirk Hammett the best all around guitarist I ever heard and got to know. Love Metallica!

Music Genres

Acoustic, Alternative Rock, Blues, Christian Contemporary, Classic Rock, Country, Cover/Tribute, Folk, Funk, Hard Rock, Hip Hop/Rap, Jazz, Lounge, Metal, Other, Pop, R&B, Reggae, Southern Rock

Proficient With

Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Dobro, Drums, Flute, Harmonica, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other Percussion, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright Bass, Vocalist - General, Vocalist - Rock

Gear & Equipment

I've simply got way too much equipment to list here but have enough for a small venue to a full size arena. Whatever it takes I've got and if by chance I don't then I can get it!

Interested In Musicians Proficient With

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Harmonica, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Steel Guitar, Trumpet, Upright Bass, Vocalist - General

Seeking To

Start a band, Find musicians

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