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Area band spins out debut CD at Clearwater


What: Spin Circus CD Release show

When: Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday. David McClain will perform at 7 p.m., followed by Spin Circus at 10 p.m.

Where: Clearwater, 96 W. Main St., West Dundee

Featured: Spin Circus’ debut CD, produced by the band’s own label, Funkybeam, will be sold at the venue for $8

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Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM

WEST DUNDEE — Although Spin Circus has only been together for two years, the funk/rock band has decades of collective experience, with one member even boasting a Dove Award nomination.

Made up of members from the former modern pop/rock band Not the Joneses and the Christian rock band Church of Rhythm, Spin Circus will debut its first-ever CD Saturday night at Clearwater Theater, 96 W. Main St.

Bass guitarist Jerome Cunningham — an Elgin resident who pulled the band together in 2009 — has Christian rock roots, but says the group is quite diversified.

“We are pretty much a mix of rock, alternative and classic rock, with a little funk and hip-hop mixed in,” Cunningham said. “It’s a good combination, based on where we all came from.”

A portion of the $8 cover charge for the all-ages show will benefit the Red Cross Japan Relief fund.

The fundraiser was crafted by Spin Circus managers David and Michelle McClain, former Chicago area residents now living in Cincinnati.

The McClains, musicians in their own right, say they help promote bands that offer a good message in their music in an era where drugs are so prevalent in the industry.

Although Spin Circus only performs a few Christian rock songs, its overall message is one of unity and brotherhood, Michelle McClain said.

“What is so phenomenal about Spin Circus is that they are such an eclectic group of people. For starters, they love God, which is the coolest thing in the world,” she said. “They are able to incorporate their values and beliefs in their music.”

Diversity in members, music

Cunningham’s former alternative rock band, Church of Rhythm, was nominated in 1997 for a Dove Award, the Gospel Music Association’s equivalent of a Grammy.

Cunningham — a truck driver and volunteer football coach at his alma mater, Elgin High School — eventually left the road to be with his two daughters and son. Other Church of Rhythm members went on to form Superchick, a nationally known, chart-topping Christian rock band.

However, in recent years, Cunningham says he missed his music and inevitably teamed up with Not the Joneses’ drummer Vince Consolo and guitarist Dug Schoenbeck.

The threesome added in percussionist Vince Allison, rapper Angel Chairez and keyboardist Kevin Jones to form Spin Circus.

The band plays cover songs that range from David Bowie to Sly and the Family Stone to hip-hop’s B.o.B. They also add in their own music.

“They all bring diversity, incorporating rap, pop, R & B, and rock into every show,” Michelle said. “It is really and truly a show for everybody. It’s so diverse, from every genre of music.”

The band already is booked to play at Six Flags Great American on Aug. 28.

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