Listen to a new single, “Walk A Mile In My Shoes,” recorded in the SPACE studios, in memory of our beloved friend, colleague and one of the greatest soul, blues and gospel singers ever, Otis Clay. The song features 21 musicians, many of whom worked with, knew and loved Clay. Suggested donation for a download is $5 via SPACE’s Bandcamp page, but fans can pay as little as $2, or as much as they want. Look for it on iTunes and Spotify soon. Proceeds will benefit the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.
Join us for a heartfelt and all-star tribute to our late friend and world renowned Chicago soul, blues, gospel and R&B singer extraordinaire Otis Clay on Thursday, Dec. 1, at SPACE. Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m.
Otis graced the stage at SPACE many times over the years, performing a number of unforgettable shows with his wonderful stage presence, deep soul intensity and great bands. The show on Dec. 1 will feature an all-star band with many special guests that worked with and loved the late, great singer.
Otis passed away suddenly in January of 2016 and we’ve been working hard at the SPACE recording studios this year on a tribute in his memory, which will be released in conjunction with the tribute concert on Dec. 1.
The tribute single features 21 musicians, including many who performed and recorded with Clay. The release of the “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” tribute single will also mark the launch of SPACE Records, the venue’s new in-house record label. “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” will have its world premiere on Tom Marker’s Blues Breakers show on 93XRT on Monday, Sept. 19, between 9-10 p.m., and will be available for download and streaming shortly thereafter.
Proceeds from the concert and sales of the tribute single will benefit The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, an organization that Otis worked with over the years and held dear to his heart.
As many of you may have heard, the great soul, blues and gospel singer Otis Clay passed away suddenly this month in Chicago. We feel fortunate that he performed at SPACE so many times throughout the years, leaving us with wonderful memories of his powerful, passionate, and electrifying shows. His funeral on January 16th at Chicago’s Liberty Baptist Church drew an overflow crowd including soul and blues luminaries such as Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Joe Simon, Syl Johnson, Gene Barge, Cicero Blake and Billy Branch. U.S. Congressman Danny Davis read a tribute that he gave on the floor of Congress a few days after Otis’ passing. Otis had an amazing career and left us with a rich and diverse legacy of music. From his early gospel days with groups like The Sensational Nightingales and Pilgrim Harmonizers, to his first soul recordings on Chicago’s One-Derful label, to his classic sides on Cotillion, Hi Records and his own Echo label — and more recently receiving a Grammy nomination and being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. One recent highlight was Otis’ performance at the Message In Blue album release show at SPACE as well as his moving contributions to the CD. We’ll miss him deeply and cherish the memories he left us with. —Dave Specter (Photo: Harvey Tillis)