Anne Harris ft. J.P. Soars
- Dates: October 7, 2022
- Time: 8pm
- Price: Presale $20, Day of $25
Born in a small university town in Ohio, Anne Harris was greatly influenced by her parents wide range of musical interests. Listening to everything from country and Celtic music to funk, rock, and rhythm & blues, Harris began playing the violin at the age of three. It wasn't until the age of ten that she began formal lessons, but she found the experience too restricting. Performing throughout her formative years and practicing her craft resulted in attending the University of Michigan's School of Music. After graduating, Harris moved to Chicago and became involved in theater and commercials. But her first love was music. After working with local Chicago groups such as the Juleps and Poi Dog Pondering, Harris branched out into a solo career. Having performed the national anthem at Chicago Cubs baseball games, Harris entered the studio for her debut album. The result was a self-titled release on Rugged Road Records in 2001. The Chicago media loved the album and it was dubbed the "coolest album of 2001" for its array of styles and influences. In 2002, she performed at the North by Northeast Festival and opened for Angelique Kidjo.
Guitarist and vocalist J.P. Soars knows those instincts all too well, having been imbued with absolute enthusiasm for the form. It’s not only steered his muse ever since, but also brought him to the heights of success and wide recognition. A first place winner of the Blues Foundation 2009 International Blues Challenge, the Albert King Best Guitarist Award, any number of Blues Music nominations as Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist, and a nod for Best Blues Album, he’s been the recipient of continuing critical kudos, extensive worldwide airplay and sales that have elevated him to the uppermost rungs of every major Blues chart. Of course, Soars and his powerhouse trio the Red Hots — including drummer Chris Peet and bassist Cleveland Fredrick — are no strangers to live performance either. Soars and Peet have played together for the past 16 years, while Fredrick, “the new guy,” has been with the band since 2016. They’ve proven their mettle on stages both nationally and internationally, played blues festivals from Belgium to Brazil, and shared stages with the likes of Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa. Brian Setzer and Larry Graham.
They’ve also been seven time regulars on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, no small wonder considering the fact that they’re familiar faces on both coasts of South Florida, the place Soars proudly calls home.
Anyone 18 and under can attend the show accompanied by an adult (must purchase ticket). General admission seating is limited, first come first serve.