At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, the Bell Bottom Blues will present their high-energy “Live Eric Clapton Experience” show with both electric and acoustic sets in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro.
The New Jersey-based band is named after “Bell Bottom Blues”, a song Clapton wrote with Bobby Whitlock about unrequited love. Clapton performed and recorded it with Derek and the Dominos for their 1970 double album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.”
During the concert, the six band members will recreate Clapton’s “incredible stage presence” and his “awe-inspiring performances” with The Yardbirds, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek and The Dominos, The Beatles and other bands. They will also play many of his classic hits from his decades-long solo career. Among his songs on their set list are: “Wonderful Tonight”, “Crossroads”, “Lay Down Sally”, “Layla”, “White Room”, and “I Shot The Sheriff”.
Clapton is the only three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – in 1992 as a member of The Yardbirds, 1993 as a member of Cream and 2000 as a solo artist. Born in England in 1945, he will be 75 years old on March 30 and between now and June will perform in 10 European countries.
“He is one of the greatest, blues and rock guitarists, singers and songwriters of our time,” said Al Caprara who fronts the tribute band. As the Bell Bottom Blues lead singer and acoustic and electric guitarist, Caprara emulates the rock icon’s guitar styling and his vocals are spot-on.
“Our goal is to provide our audience with an authentic recreation of Clapton’s music at every show,” Caprara said, adding, “That’s what makes our performances a true live concert experience rather than a retrospect. Through each band member’s dedication, professionalism and hard work, we have captured the sound and essence of the master himself. Clapton fans have told us if they close their eyes during a show, they could swear they were actually at a Clapton concert.”
Considered the father of the band, Caprara founded the group 13 years ago in 2007. Others members include Lou Caprara, drums, vocals; Jon Huey Tatlow, bass guitar, vocals; Maria Adubato, vocals; John Kurdyla, guitar; and Kendal Scott, keyboards.
Filling in for Scott for this concert will be Charlie Stoddard on keyboards and for Kurdyla, Billy Pontiac on guitar. Both Stoddard and Pontiac have been playing with this band for the past several years.
This concert is BYOB with audience members encouraged to bring their favorite beverages and snacks. Admission is $25. For tickets and to reserve a table free, call (570) 724-6220 or visit deanecenter.com.