Saturday, April 10, 2010

JP Soars & The Red Hots Double Bill w/ RJ Harman & Co. - A Blues Evening in Winter Garden Florida

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Jeff Willey Presents:

April 17, 2010
Garden Theatre
160 West Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Tickets: (407) 877-4736

Moon Cricket Grille
14 W Plant St
Winter Garden, FL 34787-3140


Can you believe this is the 8th A Blues Evening concert event? What great blues FUN it has been and I’m hoping to keep this going as long as local theatres are willing to host such events.

A unique idea based on the concept of making the live music performance the focal point in an intimate theatre setting where there the audience and band members can interact and not be distracted by the typical “goings on” of dimly lit and often smoke filled bar room atmosphere.

Let the musician entertain and the audience enjoy an evening of high quality live blues music!

For folks wanting the bar room atmosphere, we’ve even got that covered as the Moon Cricket Grille will be hosting an after show party and jam session that will allow each of you to meet and mingle with JP Soars & RJ Harman and hear some more live jamming into the early hours. Rumor has it that there might even be a few special surprise appearances!

Two great and extremely talented bands will be presenting their diversified talents at the Garden Theatre in historic downtown Winter Garden, FL; JP Soars & RJ Harman.

JP Soars & The Red Hots

Most blues guitarists haven’t played in a handful of metal bands and aren't influenced by jazz icons like Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery. Which, as much as anything, explains why South Florida based JP Soars doesn’t sound like any other area guitar slinger. The guitarist and vocalist fronts a self titled blues band and plays with both former Elvin Bishop saxophonist/vocalist Terry Hanck as well as “the Gypsy Blue Acoustic Revue”, which updates the classic 1930s and 1940s material of Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.

JP was born in California and raised in Arkansas. He moved to South Florida in 1985. "I love Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan… but I don't try to play like them. I listen to the guys they listened to, like Albert King, Johnny Guitar Watson, T-bone Walker, Muddy Waters and Guitar Slim. I'm also very into Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery as well as horn players like Louie Jordan".

A trip to Memphis Tennessee to meet Blues legend Jessie Mae Hemphill was a life altering moment. The simple beauty of the hypnotic country blues, and a chance meeting with Cigar box guitar pioneer John Lowe opened another door of musical majesty to a very receptive JP.

Another trip to Memphis as a side man with The David Shelley and Bluestone for the International Blues Challenge in 2007, gave JP a glimpse of the finals of the Competition, as the Dave Shelley Band made it to the top ten. It wasn’t long after that JP formed the Red Hots and would be on that very stage again in 2009.

JP and the Red Hots made their second trip the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee after winning the local South Florida Blues Society competition 2 years in a row. In 2009 at the IBC Challenge, the band proved that their popularity was not just in Florida when they took home top honors. JP was also awarded the Albert King Blues Guitar award, confirming the fact that this young kid from Arkansas, who may not have started out as a blues player, has surely found his place in the blues world.

RJ Harman & Company

On August 16th 2009 RJ Harman became the Florida Harmonica Champion. He competed at the 4th annual fully sanctioned Florida Harmonica Championships and took home the championship trophy!

Richard "RJ" Harman has been playing the harmonica for six years and has already won numerous music awards and been featured in a full two page article in the Orlando Sentinel.

RJ has studied and played with some of the finest professional harmonica players and blues artists in the world, including: Canadian harmonica virtuoso Carlos del Junco, Jason Ricci, Larry "Ice Man" Eisenberg, Dennis Gruenling, Joe Filisko, Gaye Adegbalola, Ann Rabson, Ian Walters, GrantDermody, Rick Franklin, Roddy Barnes, and more.

His style is fresh and vibrant; he brings a youthful passion and a love of the Blues, Funk, Jazz, and Shakeabilly to the stage.

RJ is currently playing professionally around the United States and based in FL; he plays and sings with the blues band, RJ Harman In Company. He has attended the Augusta Heritage Blues Festival in Elkins, West Virginia for three years, studying, performing and teaching with some of the best blues music performers.

Help all of us to keep this great art form alive that we call the blues and make every effort to clear your calendar to attend this unique and enjoyable event.

Someday it would be great to celebrate A Blues Evening XX but we can’t do it without your local support.

Hope to see you there and who knows….I might even come out of retirement to play a few! J

Blues Regards,


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