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Local bluesman releases disc of tour

September 6, 2013


Boca Raton blues guitarist/vocalist J.P. Soars ( released a banner local CD in 2011 with "More Bees With Honey," mixing rare live energy into pristine studio sound. His Red Hots trio with bassist Don Gottlieb and drummer Chris Peet logically finds that energy again on its new "Live From the Netherlands" CD, but the muddy sound doesn't compare.

Soars likely wanted a release between studio efforts while his new Southern Hospitality regional all-star group toured Europe and America through 2013. But his own trio's first European tour shows the excitement of both band and crowd at the XXL Blues Club in Wageningen on covers like The Chantays' surf classic "Pipeline" and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson's rousing closer, "Gangster of Love."

A stellar hollow-bodied electric guitarist and composer, Soars also blazes through originals like his slow blues gem "So Many Times" and the Latin-tinged "Mamacita," and unleashes his slide guitar prowess on the manic "Cigar Box Guitar Freakout."

J.P. Soars and the Red Hots open for New Orleans roots act the Honey Island Swamp Band at 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Funky Biscuit, 303 S.E. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton ($20, 561-395-2929).

Free jazz sextet Sugawack ( blends the talents of locals (Boynton Beach trumpeter John Beers, Delray Beach pianist Marc Puricelli, Palm Springs bassist Dave Tomasello, Lake Worth drummer Jeff Abbott), Fort Lauderdale multi-wind instrumentalist Richard Brookens and Gainesville experimental electronic instrumentalist Lucy Bonk on its completely-improvised debut CD, "Sacred and Profane."

Brookens colors "A Brief History of Man" with alto flute, saxophones and bass clarinet; Puricelli (who played with late trumpeter Chet Baker) creates a spontaneous dialog with Beers on "New Day's Journey," and the entire group shades the evocatively- titled "Tesla's Diode Zero Resistance."

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Palm Beach Gardens quartet The Kinected ( reminded listeners with its all-original 2012 CD "Evolution #9" that 30-year-old New Wave influences practically qualify as classic pop. Hear guitarist/vocalist Alex Zapatier, keyboardist/vocalist Ron Anthony, bassist Mike B and drummer Marck Mangel channel The Cure and Depeche Mode at 9:30 p.m. tonight at Bar Louie, 1500 Gateway Blvd., Boynton Beach (561-853-0090); 9 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Boston's on the Beach, 40 S. Ocean Blvd., Delray Beach (561-278-3364); and 10 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Grease Burger Bar, 213 Clematis St., West Palm Beach (561-651-1075).

The above-mentioned Honey Island Swamp Band ( also plays the gumbo of blues, folk, bluegrass and Cajun influences from its acclaimed new CD "Cane Sugar" from 9 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Guanabanas, 960 N Hwy. A1A, Jupiter (561-747-8878).

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