Mary's Place Bar


Stubblefield, Hamberlin, and Crawford

Clyde Stubblefield - Stubblefield laid down the beat for James Brown's biggest '60s hits. Stubblefield helped drive such seminal Brown funk-fests as Mother Popcorn, Cold Sweat, Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), I Got The Feelin', and Funky Drummer. Stubblefield's famous break on the latter has been reappropriated so many times that it's earned him the unofficial title as "the World's Most Sampled Drummer." Stubblefield grew up in Chattanooga, TN. He began playing drums as a child, beating on tin cans, pasteboard boxes, and whatever else he could get hold of. After leaving Brown around 1970, Stubblefield settled in Detroit briefly, then Madison, WI. Stubblefield still plays with the reconstituted JB's, and is the drummer for humorist Michael Feldman's show, Whad' Ya Know, on public radio. He also freelances with groups based in Wisconsin.

The Major Hamberlin - This legendary pianist has been performing in the Rockford area for over 4 decades. The Major came up through the Rockford music scene in the 60's performing with legendary groups, The Rhythm Kings and The Daze and Knights. One thing is for sure The Major's command and skill on the keys is unmatched, and his style and artistry is absolutely brilliant!!

Freddie Crawford - Freddie has worked with such highly-acclaimed artists as Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Stephen Stills and Taj Mahal. This 7-string bass master will make you move and is well known for giving phenomenal live performances.

Stubblefield, Hamberlin and Crawford are some of the most gifted and talented live performers on the planet!! When these three masters come together to create music at Rockford's oldest bar you know something very special is about to happen!!

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