NYE with The People Upstairs & JP Soars & the Red Hots
Artist Website: JP Soars & The Red Hots Performance 7:00pm-10:00pm
Artist Website: The People Upstairs Performance 10:30pm-1:30am
*ADMISSION INCLUDES FREE DRINK AND CHAMPAGNE TOAST AT MIDNIGHT*
—-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
THE RED HOTS:
Receiving an electric guitar on his 10th birthday allowed Charles to refine his “ear” and help his musical passion to blossom. “If there was a song to learn, I learned it note for note, even if it took me all day”. Albuquerque alternative rock quartet Alien Lovestock provided a platform for his definitive sound and style and allowed for even more exposure after the band relocated to San Francisco. There, Alien Lovestock collaborated and performed with George Clinton, Storm Large, and other luminaries on the band’s sophomore album “Planet of the Fish”. Charles also continued to work with Alien Lovestock alumni Eric McFadden (EMT, Stockholm Syndrome) and Paulo Baldi (Cake, Les Claypool) and later joined up with longtime Bay Area Latin rockers Orixa whose crossover sound of rock/reggae/funk/ska had helped to garner accolades and to establish the band as the premier rock en espanol group in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2010 Charles relocated to South Florida to join up with long time friend “David Shelley” and his Florida based band “Bluestone”.
In 2015 with Bluestone being in a hiatus, Charles was called to become part of the natinally recognized JP Soars and The Red Hots.
Steve Laudicina: Lead & Rhythm Guitar
Steve Laudicina was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He was first introduced to the blues at age seven when his parents brought him to an Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan concert. Both fascinated and inspired, he began taking guitar lessons with New York City jazz guitarist Nick Russo, and has not put down the guitar since.
At age fourteen, Steve moved to South Florida where he began playing shows with local punk and metal bands and did a small amount of traveling. At age eighteen he occasionally played with the Gypsy Blue Acoustic Revue where he met Jp Soars, and decided he wanted to play the blues full time.
Steve then formed local blues band, Bobby and the Renegades, where he made a name for himself locally. He was able to hone his chops with influences such as: T-Bone Walker, Otis Rush, Tiny Grimes, Freddie King, Rick Holmstrom, and Magic Sam. He also began playing with South Florida jump blues band, The Regulators, and toured North America with The Rockin’ Jake Band.
Steve currently plays with JP Soars and the Red Hots, where he continues to learn and grow with his bandmates.
Chris Peet: Drums
Chris Peet rounds out the trio on drums. Chris comes from a family with generations of musicians, and early on developed a style of his own. Chris has made a living as one of the hardest working and most requested drummers in South Florida and clearly is good company with these fine musicians, that call themselves the Red Hots
THE PEOPLE UPSTAIRS
—-In one word : Chemistry.
In their 11th year playing and performing together it is the chemistry and camaraderie amongst the band that has been the glue to hold them together. It’s the genuineness that appeals to all, not just the fans. It’s a mixture of brotherly love, low-brow comedy and musical talent that makes The People Upstairs more than a band. They are an act. All this is captured in their latest EP release, “Take it how you want”. With the dance-hall jam “Give me a reason” about making love on the dance floor, to the less emotional and obviously satiric “Always Drunk”. This new EP highlights the boys improved songwriting abilities and is delivered in their highest quality recording to date.