The Paula Clare Band (PCB) features the vocals of Paula Clare Ciminero and her band, performing old-school blues, R&B, soul and danceable grooves.
When PAULA CLARE takes the stage to sing, the dynamic entertainer has a unique appeal and boundless energy that creates a non-stop, spellbinding, positive party groove. Creative expression is the common thread binding together all the elements of Paula’s colorful career. Trained at Second City Improv in Chicago, she began as an actress on stage, radio, television and film, first in Chicago and later, in Los Angeles. She’s appeared in features, made-for-TV movies and episodic television as well as countless ads and commercials. But the role that got her the most “exposure” (if you’ll excuse the expression) was her body-double for actress Havilland Morris in “Sixteen Candles.” As Paula says, “I’m forever known as the “girl in the shower.”
These days, Paula entertains as a vocalist, singing in various musical projects—whether it’s her singer-songwriter showcase of classic and original compositions, PAULA CLARE MUSIC; or singing and playing keyboards with honky-tonk and roots rock band BISCUIT CITY; or with her blues, R&B and funky soul-jazz group, the PAULA CLARE BAND.
The band is MIKE TANAKA, guitar; JOHN DEBOSSU, bass; and BRO DUNN, drums. The band usually performs with Paula as a four-piece, classic, Chicago-style blues band, but is also available as a five-piece with keyboards, and can add horn players if you’re looking for a BIG sound. The musicians have all played together in various bands for more than three decades and have developed a familiarity and ease that translates into a tight rhythm section with high energy and liberal amounts of relaxed, swinging fun. Combined with Paula’s great singing and her unique ability to connect with an audience, the PAULA CLARE BAND is a group that lays down the groove and fills the dance floor.
The PAULA CLARE BAND, while deeply rooted in the classic tradition of Chicago-style blues, has generous elements of jump-blues, Texas shuffles, R&B, funk, soul-jazz, and even a taste of New Orleans mixed in. Artist influences include: Etta James, Ruth Brown, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, Shirley Brown, Nina Simone, Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, as well as Junior Wells, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Willie Dixon, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint, the Meters, Ray Charles, Clarence Carter, Sam and Dave, Robert Cray, and Bill Withers, to name just a few.