Old Soul at Offbeat Roadhouse, December 3

Acoustic duo Old Soul will pull into Offbeat Roadhouse Friday night, December 3, for a concert which will also be broadcast on WTJU.

This is a free event, open to all. Masks are required for all attendees.  You can also listen to Offbeat Roadhouse on the radio (91.1 FM) or on-line, and even video stream it at WTJU’s Facebook page or YouTube channel.  But concerts always sound better with you as part of the studio audience.

Offbeat Roadhouse takes place each Friday night from 8-9 (doors open at 7:30) from WTJU’s performance venue, conveniently located at 2244 Ivy Road in Charlottesville.

Jon Spear and Dara James – also known as Old Soul – are a pair of award-winning singer/songwriters who use their formidable guitar, harmonica and vocal skills to present a variety of songs in the blues, folk, and classic rock genres along with, of course, original songs. The duo is one-half of Charlottesville’s popular Jon Spear Band whose music is heard at numerous local venues and has been on the Top 50 blues music radio charts in the US, England, Australia, and France for the past several years.

Dara started playing music at age 5 when his grandfather gave him his first harmonica. He joined his first band at the age of 11 and started playing guitar when he was 14. Jon Spear won’t admit how long he’s been performing but here’s a hint: Jon’s first band opened for the Isley Brothers at the Capital Theatre in Port Chester NY when Twist and Shout was top-40 hit.  In 2019 the pair competed in the prestigious 35th International Blues Challenge where they were semi-finalists.

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