Citizen Cope’s music expresses stories that haunt his heart.
Citizen Cope was born as Clarence Greenwood in the 1970s. His sounds are felt through numerous cities such as Greenville, Miss.; Memphis, Tenn., Vernon, Texas; Austin, Texas; Washington, D.C. and Brooklyn, N.Y. He has produced four albums of depth and distinction within the past nine years. Each one reflecting a sound of despair, hope and love.
His musical education was shaped by folk tales of William Faulkner or Big Bill Broonzy. While taking a few college courses at Texas Tech, it bored and excited him at the same time. In the 80s, he took sound classes that opened his interest in a primitive four-track setup. Turntables intrigued him. Hip-hop was also an inspiration. For most of his life, he got so wrapped up in his self-designed lab, creating up beats and motifs that would ultimately result into songs. In search of the right voice for his songs, he soon found it within himself. The writer/producer/singer in one defined Citizen Cope’s vision of idiosyncratic stories.
“I’ve never heard his music until now, but I can actually relate to his painfully romantic music,” said CJ Balingit, intrigued prospect.
Grab a friend or two, and you can all enjoy the show by purchasing tickets to Citizen Cope! Afterwards, try heading to Cuban Pete’s for their well known sangria and delicious authentic Cuban dishes. It is BYOB so be sure to stop by Montclair Wine Cellar, right next door, for your choice of alcohol.
One of Montclair’s greatest restaurants, Mishmish, located on 215 Glenridge Ave., has a prix-fixe menu offering a three-course meal from Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5 to 7 p.m. Be sure to stop by to indulge in the Mediterranean dishes by Chef Meny Vaknin. He truly has mastered the infusion of delicious ingredients to make the ultimate dish for all to rave about!
A multilevel parking deck is located behind the store. Entrance to the parking deck is on the left hand side of South Park or right hand side of South Fullerton Avenue. The parking rate is $1 per hour.