SEBRING — J.P. Soars and the Red Hots will heat up the Music in the Park stage with rockin’ rhythm and blues when they play their third concert at Highlands Hammock from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 9. Soars, who grew up in Arkansas and later moved to Florida, began playing guitar at the age of 11. Soars met B.B. King backstage and counts him has as a strong influence. After Soars won the 2009 Blues Challenge and the Albert King Guitarist Award in Memphis, he and his backup band, the Red Hots, began playing across the country and abroad. They have played blues festivals from Belgium to Brazil and have shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa and others. The band’s musical influences are an eclectic mix of jazz, reggae, heavy metal, Latin, African, Indian and gospel in addition to the blues. Soars, who is known for creating “musical chemistry,” has worked with many musicians including Tab Benoit and Southern Hospitality. Check out jpsoars.com.
Admission is $10 per adult. Children 12 years and younger are free. Pets are not permitted, so please, no dogs! Food and refreshments will be provided by food trucks and the Hammock Inn Camp Store. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights and plan to rock to the night away in an evening of music under the stars. The Music in the Park concert series is sponsored by the Friends of Highlands Hammock State Park. Proceeds benefit park improvements. Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle (up to 8 people) are waived after 6 p.m. on concert nights. Highlands Hammock State Park is located at 5931 Hammock Road in Sebring.