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Reggie Sears CANCELED @ Growler USA
May 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
A multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, bandleader, and blues guitar prodigy who jumped on a festival stage at the age of 12, Reggie Sears hails from the South Florida area. Raised on everything from the Isley Brothers to Pink Floyd, Sears was just 12 when his dad took him to his first blues jam, an event that gave him the idea that performing music professionally was in his future. It happened fast too, as that same year he was invited to join Fruteland Jackson at the Sound Advice Blues Festival, and soon Sears was a blues sideman, joining the likes of Pinetop Perkins, Guitar Shorty, and Shemekia Copeland on-stage. Gigs with the Temptations and Inner Circle broadened his sideman distinction into other genres, then in 2004 he formed his own backing band, which made its recording debut in 2005 with the jazz-rock-influenced effort Transitions. After a nationwide tour to support the debut album, he recorded and released the sophomore set Blues Power in 2006, with third effort Southern Soul, Florida Style landing later in the year. His 2009 effort Sweet Thang was put on hold due to problems with his label, and while Sears felt stuck and depressed with his career because of the delay, a tour as Fred Bolton’s guitarist and opening act was a welcome break from recordings. With his commitment renewed, Sears returned in 2010 with a string of singles, including the Southern soul hit “Dirty Dancer.” His 2011 single “Can’t Get You Out of My System” featured more of an R&B sound, as did 2012’s “With Every Beat of My Heart.” In 2015, Sears announced work on his next album, aptly titled So Many Roads.