Jimbo and the Soupbones

Date(s) - 01/26/2017
8:30 pm


$7 Cover – Doors Open 7 PM
One doesn’t need to hear a single note of music to know that “Jimbo and the Soupbones” is a band that makes people happy. The name alone prompts a chuckle. Luckily, the good feelings don’t stop at the name.
At the core of this Soupbone collective is singer/songwriter/guitarist James “JIMBO” Jackson. Everything about this man is big. His body, his voice, and most importantly, his stage presence. With charisma to spare, he is the quintessential frontman. Having been raised on a diverse blend of music ranging from seventies soul artists like; Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye to folk artists such as James Taylor and Jim Croce, The result is a curiously unique voice that is powerful yet remains pleasant and familiar. As the bands songwriter, he lets no lyrical rules govern. Tragic and often humorous stories and songs are written with specific intentions. From the unsure fathers perspective on “What kinda Daddy” to the festive nonsense of “I would eat a bug for you”, the purpose of each song is evident.

Guitarist Jason Caliguri began displaying his guitar skills at 11 years old. Mentored by local blues/jazz legend Larry Belli, Jason was heavily influenced by guitar greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Hendrix and George Benson. He has since grown into one of Pittsburgh’s most capable and versatile lead guitarists. His timing and taste keep the music tight, though his real talents are showcased through his soulful and astounding solos. He acts as the perfect bookend that keeps The Soupbones spirited show balanced.

The funky grooves that this band delivers could not be attained without bassist Phil Wilkerson. A bass scholar with no formal training, he commands the bottom end. His love of jazz and funk manifests itself through precise bass lines that are fun, funky and easy to listen to. He is the rock in the rhythm section that every good bands needs.

Nicholas Tolkacevic speaks softly and carries big drumsticks. He comfortably layers intricate rock, funk and hip hop beats to create a style of his own. He effortlessly handles the daunting task of keeping time in a band with extreme dynamics and frequent tempo changes.

Percussionist Nate Vagias is the multi-instrumentalist with all the toys. His wide array of music makers coupled with his ability to manipulate them compliment the Soupbone sound and keep everything grounded. He is a musician that becomes one with the tools of his craft. His tribal vibes are thoughtful, intricate and contagious.