Johnny Clegg + Jesse Clegg

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It must be really rad growing up with a legendary national treasure as your dad. That’d be Johnny Clegg, Jesse Clegg’s father, mentor and hero. For a majority of his childhood in South Africa, young Jesse was on the road, watching music mastery in motion and learning pretty much every instrument at his fingertips, eventually writing songs in earnest. To be sure, father and son have decidedly different styles: Johnny specializes in world music and Jesse in a more straightforward, guitar-based indie rock. Jesse’s got two LPs and a third in the works, and on this tour, he’s supporting Big Poppa for a few shows—including tonight.

It’s unclear how they’d interact onstage, as their music’s completely different: Dad’s very much a precursor to Paul Simon-meets-Ladysmith Black Mambazo while junior specializes in Stereophonics-meets-Kenny Wayne Shepherd. In fact, the slightly bluesy and serious guitar rock of the younger Clegg sounds distinctly not African in origin. Could be because he’s recorded extensively in Toronto (via Tool/Muse producer David Bottrill), but this is his first American tour outing as he attempts to reel North Americans in to his ‘90s-flavored grunge-tinged sentimental rock a la Fuel and Dishwalla. Tonight’s a wonderful chance to catch intergenerational international rock lineage on full display, a charming and rare vestige of musicianship encouraged by and handed down from one talented father to his son. // BILL CHENEVERT

8pm. $28-$42. World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 215.222.1400. philly.worldcafelive.com
 

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Sunday, March 30, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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- Price: Unknown

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3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 03/30/2014. .

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