JP Soars at Darwin’s May 11, 2018

KODAK Digital Still Camera

JP Soars and The Red Hos are always a treat to watch. We have seen them at both the old Darwin’s location and the present one multiple times, and every time his name appears on the schedule we arrange our plans so we can go.

Soara is not a showy performer. [referring to let his guitars do the flashy stuff. In fact, it is hard to imagine a younger JP getting his start in metal bands, although you do catch a bit of the attitude in some of the songs. These days, he plays s blues and also plays gypsy jazz. You get both in his concerts, including original songs from his albums and amazingly intricate songs originally performed by Django Reinhart.

This time, Soars has all his albums and a brand new one on sale, so he has an important point to make. “It don’t sound like that on the album,” he says. True, on the album s all the songs are about half as long. Every song becomes a jam, with Soars and The Red Hots, Chris Peet on drums and Cleveland Frederick on bass, get to show their amazing musical ability as well. The audience is energized and thrilled. They yell their appreciation.

Then JP brings out one of the incredible 2-string electric cigar box guitars he and his brother make. Those things blow my mind every time. How can so much music come from two strings?

Cigar box guitara
 Cigar box guitar

At this point, seeing JP Soars and The Red Hots is like seeing familiar friends, if, say, your friends can amaze you every single time. Do not miss JP Soars and The Red Hots when they come to your town, and buy the albums! They are fantastic even if they don’t sound the same!