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performance at the clemens fine arts center

Our stripped-back live music series that connects you with the artist in an intimate listening room space. We celebrate the rich local and regional community of singer/songwriters by making each performance a unique sonic experience for both viewer and performer.

Fate McAfee PhotoFate began his music career with a pick-worn guitar he bought from a pawn shop, busking the sidewalks of Denver, Austin, New Orleans and Nashville and working side jobs when he could. One day a laborer, the next a carpenter, the next a valet. He spent time as a deckhand on the lineboats that took him up and down the Mississippi River. Equally restless and observant - Fate was always mindful of his interactions with everyone he met, who came from all walks of life. Their lessons, wisdom and experience spilled into the songs that became Diesel Palomino the follow up to his 2017 self-released record, Little Bill and the Late Fees.

Recorded at Loud and Clear Studios in Paducah, KY with the help of Shelby Preklas and S. Knox Montgomery and backed by Paducah group, Leonard the Band (Brian Rader, Zack Winding, Adam Rader, and Taylor Rader), Diesel Palomino has already drawn comparisons as diverse as work of Wilco, Nick Drake, and The War on Drugs. 

Expansive beyond its seven tracks, the new album also shares tales of personal tragedy, loss, growth and inner reflection. At times a dark interpretation of a contemporary Mid-South existence, his sharp witted vignettes are often autobiographical, based on events from his turbulent childhood and formative teenage years. From the sun-beaten car carrying strung out, heartbroken characters across the desert (“Stars of Tucumcari”) to a coquettish encounter with a religious woman (“Preacherwoman Blues”), Fate draws on life experiences that seem enriched and testing beyond his 26 years.


Carly Moffa PhotoMoffa is a young singer-songwriter whose talent and wholehearted passion for her craft were witnessed by the public at (very) large on American Idol when, after performing one of her own songs, she received unanimous praise from judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. Katy Perry described Carly saying she “commands a room.” "She captivated those in the audience with her refreshing, untainted voice. You may not know Carly yet, but you will." Moffa is featured as songwriter/mentor in the Nashville Film Festival’s 2021 Documentary on at-risk youth living in a Group Home for girls. Opening for bands like Kool & the Gang, in 2022 Moffa's calendar includes performances at the Peach Music Festival, Hanahan Amphitheater and Musikfest!

"Tremendous" - Luke Bryan

"the whole package... vocal quality is amazing, your personality is amazing." - Lionel Richie

“I love your talent, your energy... amazing.” - Soho Radio


“My Pop-Pop used to say that ‘knowledge is the one thing that no one can take away from you…’ If music is my first love, knowledge is my second. Music is a vehicle for authenticity, vulnerability, connection. It is a catalyst for creating safe spaces to feel seen and heard. When I have the opportunity to be a part of a program that carves out a space to merge the arts and knowledge, it is an honor. I am really grateful to get to create and to learn. I can't wait for November 12! "


Swamp Tigers PhotoThe Swamp Tigers come from Carbondale, IL and play a mix of Rockabilly, Honky Tonk, Surf, and anything else they feel like playing.


A Different Sound Photo





A DIFFERENT SOUND, a band of fresh air rooted in the Blues yet fluent in multiple genre's of music. A new and extraordinary sound in Paducah. ADS can configure from a Trio to Full size depending upon the venue. If you are well rounded in music you will enjoy ADS!

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