press release: The Clyde Stubblefield All Stars will be paying tribute to the late great Madisonian and the “Original Funky Drummer,” Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away on February 18, 2017. This will be our second tribute and will again be at the High Noon Saloon on March 20, 2017, and will go from 6pm-10pm. Two additional tributes dates have also been scheduled for April 24 and May 22. The band will be performing all of Clyde Stubblefield’s hits with James Brown and performing original songs from some of his original album releases. Many special guest drummers and musicians will be scheduled for each tribute.
The Clyde Stubblefield Tribute moving forward will be a monthly fundraiser for the MAMA Clyde Stubblefield Scholarship Fund. There will also be copies of the recently released Clyde Stubblefield Scholarship Fund CD, DVDs and other merchandise available for purchase at each tribute. All of proceeds from the sales of merchandise will go to support the Madison Area Music Association Clyde Stubblefield Scholarship Fund, which will help support Madison area youth going on to study music in college. The scholarship fund will insure Clyde Stubblefield’s legacy will live on for many years to come. The MAMA’s are hoping to make the first scholarship award at this year’s MAMA award show. The goal for fundraising (Endowment Status) is $25,000. We have raised about 30% of our goal through Funky Monday Happy Hours and the last Clyde tribute on February 27, 2016.
Madison and the world have lost a true legend and one of the great pioneers in modern pop music history. Clyde Stubblefield has had a major influence and impact on so many of us in the local and international music community and has had a major influence on our popular music of today.
Clyde Stubblefield could have lived anywhere in the world but he chose Madison to live his life. He loved Madison, the music community, and the people that live here. We will all miss this very humble and kind human being. We will keep his beats, music, spirit and legacy alive forever. – Joey B. Banks, musical director, Clyde Stubblefield All Stars.