JP Soars is not a typical blues guitarist. He has a diverse musical background that encompasses a multitude of influences. " I love T-bone Walker, Jesse May Hemphill, Wes Montgomery, Django Reinhardt, Muddy Waters, Johnny Guitar Watson, Guitar Slim and Louis Jordan. But I also love Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Hank Williams, Black Sabbath and Slayer." Soars toured the globe and recorded several records with some of the most extreme metal bands in the world before finding his home in the blues! It is these attributes that are giving Soars an instantaneously recognizable style. ……… "When I first heard JP Soars I knew right away that he was separate from the rest of the pack" Jimmy Thackery……
Appearing, each singing their favorite Etta tunes will be Lisa Mann, LaRhonda Steele, Rae Gordon and Lady Kat. The band is led by D.K. Stewart with Chris Mercer - Sax & horn arrangements, Joe McCarthy - Trumpet & vocal arrangements, Peter Dammann - Guitar & road manager, Ed Pierce - Drums and percussion, Joseph Conrad - Bass & vocals.
“Tell Mama” Etta James Tribute
Featuring: Lisa Mann, Lady Kat, LaRhonda Steele, Rae Gordon
BRONZE BLUES & BREWS Friday & Saturday AUGUST 8-9, 2014
Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
Born in San Jose, California in 1955, Tommy Castro first picked up a guitar at age 10. He came under the spell of Eric Clapton, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield and other blues rock players early on. As he got older, Castro moved forward by investigating the past, falling in love with the blues guitar work of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Elmore James and singers like Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. By his late 20s he was playing in a variety of San Francisco-area blues and soul bands.
Michael Osborn was John Lee Hooker’s lead guitarist for 13 years. After his stint with Mr. Hooker, one of Michael’s songs, “Spellbound”, was featured on John Lee’s 1998 Grammy Award winner for Best Traditional Blues recording, “Don’t Look Back”! Michael has also backed, recorded with, or played with such musical luminaries as Robben Ford (Michael has a song credit on Robben’s “Blue Moon” release), Willie Dixon, Mark Ford, John Hammond, Bonnie Raitt, The Charles Ford Band, Elvin Bishop, Buddy Miles, Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, Albert Collins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Johnnie Johnson, Brownie McGee, Duke Jethro, Garth Webber, Patrick Ford, Chris Cain, Jimmy Thackery, Mark Werner, Frankie Lee, Robert Cray, Guitar Shorty, David Raitt, Marc Hansen, DK Stewart, Bruce Kaphan, Curtis Salgado, Bill Rhoades, Sista Monica, Annie Sampson and so many others.
Jason has been the lead guitarist in the award winning blues band, Franco Paletta & Stingers for over two years. Jason & Franco led the Stingers to win the Journey To Memphis Competition held at The Waterfront Blues Festival and competed at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Jason’s amazing song writing abilities can be heard in “Living The Blues Again” released in 2013 on “I Like It Just Like That” CD by Franco & The Stingers.
Bronze Blues & Brews has supported our local community in many ways over the past 17 years. Here is just a sample of some of the things we have accomplished.
Donated over $22,000 to the City of Joseph for improvements to the City Park.Secured partial grant funding for underground power to lower end of City Park.Secured partial grant funding for permanent safety fencing in City Park.Donated over $12,000 to local High School Sports & other programs.Donated over $8,000 to Local High School Arts & Music programs.Established the “Karen Jackson Memorial Award” donating over $4,000 to local charities.Established “Arts & Music Scholarships” to local students and donating over $6,000.$4,374,000.00 - Conservative estimate of dollars spent in Wallowa County, Oregon over 17 year span by Bronze Blues & Brews non-resident ticket buyers.