San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
JP Soars & the Red Hots
with special guests
Bubs McKeg and the Rhythm Aces
JP Soars & the Red Hots will be headlining this year's Blues Bash, with special guests and local favorites, Bubs McKeg and the Rhythm Aces! JP's unique and energetic approach to blues will get you ready to ring in 2017! This will be a show that won't be forgotten!
2009 International Blues Challenge winner
Albert King Award for Best Guitarist
Blues Music Award Nominee: Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist
2013 Best New Artist Debut Release (with Southern Hospitality)
Like every musician, guitarist and vocalist JP Soars is a combination of his influences. But unlike every musician, and particularly unlike every blues artist, Soars has an uncommonly-deep influential reservoir to draw from. His latest CD, 2014's Full Moon Night in Memphis, offers proof. Its blues variations include the funky, tongue-in-cheek "Back To Broke," the Latin-peppered jazz of "Lil' Mamacita," and the rollicking "Somethin' Ain't Right," featured in a powerful Soars music video and in frequent play on Little Steven's "Underground Garage" XM Radio program.
In his formative years, Soars recorded and toured as far as Europe with metal bands from South Florida. He's been back much more recently with his gifted Red Hots quartet, having recently played the Baltic Sea Festival in Germany, the Liberation Day Festival in Holland, and other dates in Belgium, France and Austria before extensive touring throughout the United States and Canada. And few blues players have also taken on the challenge of the complex style of Gypsy jazz guitar icon Django Reinhardt like Soars has with his long-standing "Gypsy Jazz" side project.
All of Soars' studio releases, including Back of My Mind (2008) and More Bees With Honey (2011), offer a unique blues dialect that helps him stand apart from the expected post-Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fender Strat guitar pack.
On each, he plays both a hollow-body Epiphone and a home-made, two-string cigar box guitar for his slide pyrotechnics. Combine that unique instrumental stew with Soars' expressive vocals, and one can hear why all of his efforts have gotten frequent airplay and accolades from Little Steven, plus earned him a Blues Music Award nomination for "Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year" and multiple "Best Blues CD" and "Album of the Year" nods from the Palm Beach Post.
Such success comes as no surprise to knowledgeable fans or critics. Soars and the Red Hots won the 2009 International Blues Challenge (and Soars the Albert King Award for best guitarist) against competition from around the globe in Memphis, TN. For the past few years, the singing guitarist has also been part of the regional all-star blues act Southern Hospitality. Also featuring Tampa vocalist/guitarist Damon Fowler and Memphis vocalist/keyboardist Victor Wainwright, plus Red Hots drummer Chris Peet and Fowler's bassist Matt Walker, the Blind Pig recording artists earned a Blues Blast Award for "Best New Artist Debut Release" for their 2013 CD Easy Livin,' and have toured worldwide in-between the three bandleaders' own schedules. Full Moon Night in Memphis has expanded Soars' profile, attention and airplay even further -- also appearing in constant rotation on B.B. King's "Bluesville" XM Radio program and landing in the Top 50 on the 2014 "Living Blues" chart -- and Little Steven's plan to use the title track in his forthcoming cable TV series, Viva La World, is certain to increase the attention. Soars prides himself with having one of the tightest bands on the scene with a consistent lineup, and still records his own CDs on his Soars High Productions label despite a standing offer from Blind Pig. He's recently returned to the familiar Studio 13 in Fort Lauderdale with the Red Hots (Chris Peet, guitarist Steve Laudicina and bassist Charles Gasper) for his most anticipated release yet in 2015.
Bubs McKeg is an award wining blues singer, guitarist, songwriter, and performing artist. As a solo artists he is known for his soulful voice and finger-picking blues guitar that epitomize the soul of true blues. Bubs has been a fixture in the national and Pittsburgh music scenes since the 1960s entertaining rock and blues fans for fifty years. As a member of the Igniters, The Friends, and Diamond Reo and as a solo artist Bubs has released hit recordings on the Atlantic and Buddha record labels. Bubs twice won the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania’s International Blues Challenge for solo/duo artist. He won the award as a solo artist in 2009, and as a duo with Dr. Blue as a duo in 2008. Bubs performed at the 30th Annual Helsinki Blues Heritage Festival in Finland. In 2007 he place fourth in blues in Finland's international songwriting competition. Bubs now plays with the legendary Rhythm Aces every Saturday at Excuses on PIttsburgh's South Side.
Tickets for this event include top-notch entertainment from both acts, a delicious buffet dinner, 5 hours open bar (8pm - 1am), and midnight buffet.
Tickets for this event are non-refundable. Seating for this event is not reserved, and tables are available on a first come, first served basis on the night of the event.
Rooms for this event must be booked separately before November 30 at the Doubletree Hotel at the BLUES rate of $92. Click here to connect to the Doubletree website or call 412-329-1400. Please call the hotel directly to reserve your room. The neighboring Hampton Inn also has rooms available at this BLUES rate and can be contacted via web by clicking here or calling 412-264-0020. Book early to secure your room at these bargain rates! ROOM RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY NOVEMBER 30.
How late can I order a ticket?
Because the hotel needs to plan for the number of attendees, tickets must be bought by Monday, December 26.
How late can I book a room?
The Doubletree Hilton requires all room reservations to be made by November 30 or until the room block is sold out. Because of the popularity and success of this event last year, additional rooms will be available this year! Please book early to secure your room at the $92 rate! Rooms must be booked directly with the hotel(s), BSWPA is not responible for rooms or hotel policies.
Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
This event is for ages 21+.
Can I reserve a seat so I can sit in the front?
There is no reserved seating for this event, and seating will be determined on a first-come, first served basis on the night of the event. If you have a large group or want to sit in the front, it is suggested you arrive and check in early on the night of the event so you have access to the "prime" tables. Several size tables will be added to the floor plan this year to accommdate different sized groups and provide more seating areas near the stage. In addition, to better serve our needs, both the dinner and midnight buffets and the bar service will be placed in the well-appointed foyer to provide easy access to everyone.
Can I pay by check or cash?
Yes, please mail your registration and payment to BSWPA, Jonnye Weber, 79 Linmar Homes, Aliquippa, PA 15001. Cash payments can be made at any BSWPA event to one of the BSWPA board members.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Alcohol will be provided by the hotel at the event, including a 5 hour open bar. The hotel does not permit bringing alcohol from off-premesis.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact BSWPA at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 724-888-6183.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your ticket(s). Please contact BSWPA if you need to do this so we can update registration information.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, please contact BSWPA to update your ticket registration information. You can also update information yourself by logging on to the Eventbrite website.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
An attendee list will be available upon check-in, but bringing your printed ticket will facilitate checking in.
What is the refund policy?
There will be no refunds for this event. If you wish to cancel your hotel room, please contact the hotel for details.
Why do I have to pay a fee on top of the ticket price?
Eventbrite charges a service fee for using their event planning software, processing credit cards, and transferring payments. The additional fee on each ticket pay for these services and go directly to Eventbrite. These fees are not retained by the BSWPA.
Where can I park for the event?
The Doubletree and Hampton Inns have plenty of on-site, free parking.
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Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania
The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWPA) is charitable organization serving the local community while preserving and promoting the appreciation and enhancement of Blues Music. Through our musical performance fund raising events we support a variety of local and regional charities, including the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, The Wounded Warriors Project, Blues in the Schools, and Blues is a Healer Tour for local veterans.
The BSWPA also organizes and sponsors an Annual Blues Challenge, with the winners representing the Western Pennsylvania region at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. We are proud that our winner from 2013 placed 3rd at the IBC in 2014.
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