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Sonny Emory at The Velvet Note

Saturday July 20, 2024 07:30 PM EDT
Cost: $54
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CRITIC’S PICK: Sonny Emory at The Velvet Note (also see Jul. 20) - Veteran drummer for the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire and Eric Clapton, Stanley Clarke and Paula Abdul, Atlanta’s own Sonny Emory is scheduled for a rare club date - make that two club dates on successive Saturdays - at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta on Sat., Jul. 13th (7:30 p.m.) and Sat., Jul. 20 (9:30 p.m.). Not long after graduating from Georgia State University, Emory began his professional career with Joe Sample and the Crusaders. Since then, his resume includes stints with David Sanborn, Bette Midler, Al Jarreau, Jean-Luc Ponty, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Hornsby and Boz Scaggs. Popularly known for stick-twirling and back-sticking pyrotechnics while never missing a beat, Emory is also revered for contributing to platinum status studio albums including The B52s “Cosmic Thing’ and Steely Dan’s Grammy winning “Two against Nature.” - Doug DeLoach

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SHOW DATES: Saturday, July 13th and Saturday, July 20th. TIMES: 7:30PM AND 9:30PM. TWO SATURDAYS IN A ROW! Drummer for Earth, Wind and Fire & Eric Clapton makes a rare club appearance! Sonny Emory is a native of Atlanta who received his first drum set at the age of four. After graduating from Georgia State University with a Bachelor in Jazz Performance, Sonny began his transition into becoming a professional drummer playing with Joe Sample and the Crusaders. With over 30 years of live performance and studio work behind him, Sonny maintains a busy schedule in the music industry and is highly regarded in the business.

Though probably best known for his groundbreaking drumming with Earth, Wind, and Fire; Sonny has performed with a virtual “who’s who” in pop and jazz music including Stanley Clarke, David Sanborn, Bette Midler, Al Jarreau, Paula Abdul, Jean-Luc Ponty, and Boz Scaggs. He is also known for innovative visual effects during live performances that include exciting stick-twirling and back-sticking techniques. As a World Renowned Drummer and Grammy Award Winner, Sonny is considered to be one of the greatest drummers to have come along in a while. His proficiency and style have awarded him the opportunity to record on platinum status albums such as the B52s’ Cosmic Thing and Steely Dan’s Grammy award winning Two against Nature.

While Sonny is in high demand as a touring musician for what he delivers during live performances, he is equally in demand for studio work. He is a former member of the legendary group Earth, Wind, and Fire, having held down the drum seat for thirteen years. Sonny has additionally played with artist that include Bruce Hornsby, Jennifer Lopez, Lee Ritenour, Bette Midler, Steely Dan and he is currently touring with Eric Clapton.

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