The Clarks, along with Chris Higbee, ripped up the stage at the Clearfield County Fair last night.
It was as close as you could get to a perfect evening with the weather – perfect for an outdoor show that is. The well lit stage hummed in anticipation for a somewhat hybrid performance of rock, country and everything in between.
Chris Higbee and his band took the stage and put on a high energy, country fried show chock full of dueling solos between he and guitarist Mark Vinsick. The band burned through a brief catalog of their own material and fiddle laden, different takes on rock and country classics as well. Overall, the best word to describe the performance was entertaining.
After a brief intermission, The Clarks took the stage with an immediacy to impress. The band, well known for its “no frills – just good music” stage show and presence did just that. Performing a long and well thought out set (and three encores! – usually unheard of for the Fair) with well-knowns such as “Cigarette,” “Penny On The Floor,” “Caroline,” ”Butterflies and Airplanes,” and “Trampoline;” The Clarks delivered an excellent performance. Whether they were blazing through barn-burners or taking things down a notch, literally every song was an impressive composition rich with thick musical layers, well written lyrics and a commanding performance with their instruments. The Clarks don’t need stage gimmicks or huge and expensive pyrotechnic embellishments, their music IS the stage show – it needs no crutch and stands strong on its own.
Overall standpoint – this is a band worth seeing live. If you weren’t there, you missed a great show.
(all photos courtesy of Mark Kolash)