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“Stinging blues guitar and potent, original songs herald the emergence of a major new talent.” –USA Today
“High-energy, rock-tinged and tough…a winning blend of modern-day blues and emotionally intense soul with melodic, hot-toned lead guitar, funk-seasoned rhythms and hip-hop flavored lyrics. Singleton creates unpredictable and challenging music that sounds both firmly rooted in blues tradition and fearlessly dedicated to breaking boundaries and blazing new paths.” –Living Blues
Musical trailblazer Jarekus Singleton, touring in support of his Alligator Records debut, Refuse To Lose, will give a free performance at the Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater in Panama City Beach on Thursday, August 6, 2015.
Singleton melds his original contemporary and traditional blues with hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman with a bold vision for the future of the blues.
Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, 30-year-old Jarekus Singleton’s cutting-edge sound – equally rooted in blues, rock and rap traditions – is all his own. Refuse To Lose and Jarekus’ live performances feature a scintillating guitar attack and lyrically startling original songs, all sung with a natural storyteller’s voice. With songs telling real life, streetwise (sometimes funny) stories brimming with surprising images, pop culture references, infectious rhythms and unexpected musical twists, Jarekus Singleton unleashes a new wave of blues for a new generation of fans.
Living Blues praised Singleton for his “emotional intensity” saying he “blends styles and elements across genres and generations.” Audiences at his shows run the gamut from older blues fans to younger rockers and rap aficionados, all of whom call him their own. “Blues is honest music,” says Singleton, w ho, with Refuse To Lose, and every live performance is determined to put his own stamp on the genre. “I love the blues tradition, and have always been inspired by the masters. But I want to create something for today’s audience that is as original and new as those blues masters were when they first started making records. I want to create blues for the 21st century.”
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015
Event: Summer Concert Series
Venue: Aaron Bessant Park Amphitheater
City: Panama City Beach, FL
Ticket price: Free admission