Citizen Cope

AC Entertainment & Lightning 100.1 Present:

Citizen Cope

Kenny Roby

Thursday, November 8

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

This event is 18 and over

& Over with proper photo ID. no re-enty

Citizen Cope
Citizen Cope

$1 per ticket sold will go to Turnaround Arts to purchase musical instruments for middle schoolers in Lame Deer, Montana—a community on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Lame Deer is part of Turnaround Arts , a program of President Obama’s President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that is using arts education to help students succeed.

Born Clarence Greenwood, his life journey is as singular as his art. He is the radically mashed-
up product of Greenville, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas;

Washington, DC; and Brooklyn, New York. These locations are felt everywhere in his stories.

His sounds are southern rural, big sky lonely, concrete urban, and painfully romantic.

Cope’s musical education was catch-as-catch can. Folk tales—whether through William

Faulkner or Big Bill Broonzy—shaped his sensitivity. He took sound classes and found himself

fooling with a primitive four-track setup. Turntables intrigued him. He heard hip-hop as

inspired invention. He got lost in his self-designed lab, cooking up beats and motifs that only

later would be shaped into songs.

Vocalist Michel Ivey recruited him as a mad scientist who feverishly created samples for the

artsy-edgy group, Basehead, and while Cope played in local venues, the writer/producer found

his own voice.

Citizen Cope introduces us to a world of musical worry that doesn’t come fully into focus until

his second album, The Clarence Greenwood Recordings, which this year will celebrate it’s 10

year anniversary with a nationwide tour with the full band. That album with his following two

records, form a masterful trilogy.

Art requires defense. Without art, we can’t cope. But Cope’s art isn’t the high art of elitism;

it’s the art of funk. It’s the art that paints a penitentiary on fire; the art that gets you through

hurricane waters yet puts you between the bullet and the target. The voice of the singer—as

messy as it is precise, as eloquent as it is enigmatic—is wholly hypnotic.

In 2014 Greenwood began working with The President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities

and First Lady Michelle Obama in her initiative Turnaround Arts, as an Ambassador with the

organization (along side other artists including Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Trombone

Shorty, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kerry Washington and Alfre Woodard) to help

narrow the achievement gap by increasing student engagement and improving the culture and

climate in the country’s highest poverty schools.

From day one, Citizen Cope/Clarence Greenwood has taken his case to the people. Touring

relentlessly, he has brought his stories—with a band or simply with his guitar—to every venue

that would have him. His motivation to make music directly in front of people, no matter the

size of the crowd, has won him a vast audience in America and abroad. As a troubadour, he

has prospered, tirelessly criss-crossing the land, his songs in his back pocket. Citizen Cope is a

self-realized musical/poetic/production entity. In that sense, his Americanism is profound. His

accountability is to his own heart, his own values and his own vision.