Phil Varca & The SlamJammers Bring Their Passionate Rockin' Blues To Stages Across NY And Beyond
June, 2017 (Long Island, NY) -- This Summer, audiences across New York will be treated to the thunderously soulful, dynamic, and gut-busting blues rock of Phil Varca & The SlamJammers (http://www.philvarcaandtheslamjammers.com/)
While PVSJ have played thousands of shows of all types/sizes over the years, the past few years have been focused primarily on festivals and support/opening slots for established national touring acts including: Robin Trower, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Chris Duarte, Dave Mason, NRBQ, Double Trouble, Shemekia Copeland and Popa Chubby.
Phil Varca & The SlamJammers are a powerful trio that continue to thrill audiences with their brand of hard rockin' blues. The group can rock thunderously with driving rhythms that will shake you out of your seat then quickly downshift and display sensitive, evocative playing with their soulful emoting. Audiences identify and respond to this energy. For them, it is truly a cathartic experience.
Dynamic songwriting and performances have earned the band praise from critics such as Skope Magazine, who noted: "Make no mistake – Phil Varca and company are very interesting and a little dangerous. [They] have offered the world a cutting edge glimpse of this amazing style of music." and The Island Ear, who wrote; "Guitarist Phil Varca is clearly a descendent of the Hendrix/Vaughan tribe, but his outstanding skill and technique have allowed him to forge a style all his own....any who watch and listen are immediately swept along for the ride." Rock & Roll View stated: "How shall I sum up the sound of Phil Varca & The SlamJammers for you? How about ground breaking? Don't underestimate these guys for one second! Trust me when I say there are legions of fans waiting for this guy to arrive. This CD may be the most impressionable playing style (Especially guitar) I've heard this year." Good Times magazine added; "Varca charms you with throaty vocals.....in addition to masterful guitar playing."
Performing together since 1989, the band's live shows have become one of their greatest assets. Extended improvisational jams and musical interplay have come to define the group's live performances and reflect their experience. They are a solid working unit that consistently delivers. The Musicians Exchange also noted; ".....the trio displays a finely tuned ability to listen to and play off of each other so that the interplay of musical ideas is a constant flow."
"There's nothin' I like more than opening for an act and playing to a crowd that is there to see someone else. Their people don't know you & they don't owe you! We only get one chance to make a first impression...so I love playing for those people ...turning them on to our music for the first time & seeing their reaction!" - Phil Varca
In May of '92, Phil Varca & The SlamJammers released "Lightning & Thunder", an original five-song collection. Based on the strength of the collection, the band was chosen to appear at The New York Music Seminar in 1992 and the 1993 South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas. 1997 brought the first full-length release titled "Ready, Willing and Able" on Groove Tone Sound Recordings. The track "Skin on Skin" was featured in the movie "Evil Streets", a horror cult classic which debuted in 1998. 2004 saw the release of "Live at Riverhead" - recorded live (naturally!!) at the 2002 Riverhead Blues Festival in Riverhead N.Y. Plans are underway to re-release some earlier recordings currently out of print & sought after by fans. The band is also writing and rehearsing new material slated for future release and have several east coast and south-east dates planned for 2017/18.
So to catch the band doing what they do best, make sure to check their website for live show dates, and stay tuned for new music on the horizon!
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