Soulking – Sam Cooke Tribute
March 16 - March 18
Don’t know much about history, don’t know much biology, don’t know much about Sam Cooke….
But people who may have found songs like Wonderful World familiar will discover much more about the man behind the music, Sam Cooke, during Michael Clarke’s production of SoulKing sponsored by CVCAS.
Clarke brings a professional touch to the small stage, with the backing of a great support team featuring sidekick Glaucia Desrochers, provide a superb complement to Clarke in both the vocal and dramatic sequences.
Clarke appeared in last summer’s blockbuster hit at the Chemainus Theatre, Rock Legends, and decided to stick around. He wrote, directed and starred in SoulKing and proved there’s clearly a strong local appetite for this kind of show.
“I am very thankful to the energy of the universe that has brought me to this amazing Island,” wrote Toronto-based Clarke in the concert program notes. “In my career, I have been lucky enough to travel across this great nation of ours from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Chemainus and now Crofton. I have met amazing people coast to coast and it reminds me of just how lucky we all are to live in such an amazing country.”
Cooke’s name is known to many music-lovers, but he really flew under the radar compared to other artists of the 1950s and ’60s. Through some fabulous story-telling in song and words by Clarke, we learn of Cooke’s rise from a gospel singing background to mainstream music where hits such as You Send Me, Wonderful World, Cupid, Chain Gang, Only Sixteen and countless others cracked the famed Billboard charts.
In an interesting twist, Clarke presents the scene at the beginning of the show that led to Cooke’s death at the age of just 33 when he was shot by a motel manager and then works backwards in time through his storied, but short career.
“Sam Cooke’s life ended tragically,” pointed out Clarke. “He had tremendous highs and heartbreaking lows and through it all his music told his story. In SoulKing, I try to show how his music reflected his life – the highs and the lows – but throughout showing the immense talent not just in singing, but also in his lyrical and musical compositions.”
Showtimes (including brunch/dinner):
For tickets call 250-815-5241 or go to cedricks.ticketleap.com
Matinee Show Discount Code: “Matinee” (10% off)
(Writing credit: Don Bodger – Chemainus Valley Courier)