2nd Annual Peter’s Players Jamaica “Winterfest”
January 23-30, 2020
MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA
PAUL NELSON AND THE ALL-STAR BAND
What better way to beat the “Winter Blues” than with some amazing music on a tropical isle!
Join us for our annual all-inclusive week at the Beautiful Sea Garden Beach Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a fun-filled week featuring fantastic all-star musicians, jams, clinics and simply a darn good time!
Presented by Peter’s Players
Your stay at SeaGarden Beach Resort is all-inclusive!
(INCLUDES GROUND TRANSFER TO AND FROM HOTEL, ALL MEALS, DRINKS & ACCOMMODATIONS AT SeaGarden Montego Bay AS WELL AS YOUR FANTASTIC MUSIC PACKAGE FOR THE WEEK)
- Access To Private Beach Club
- Unlimited Dining And Drinking
- Meeting & Conference Rooms
- Local Gift Shop
- 24Hr Front Desk
- Exciting Nightly Entertainment
- Lifeguards On Duty
- Disco (On Property)
- Nurse’s Station
- Tennis Courts
- Games Room
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Child Friendly Pool
- Fitness Centre
- Non-Motorized Watersports
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST YEAR’S WINTERFEST
(ALL HEADLINE SHOWS START AT 8:00 PM)
CLINICS AND JAMS TBA
Jan 23 – arrive
Jan 24 – MATT ANDERSEN
Jan 25 – OPEN
Jan 26 – PAUL NELSON & THE ALL-STAR BAND
Jan 27 – ANA POPOVIC
Jan 28 – PETER RIVERA with ANA POPOVIC
Jan 29 – ALL STAR FINALE
Jan 30 – depart
The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger and singer Ana Popovic is back on the road promoting her new album ‘Like It On Top’, that focuses on empowered, successful, inspiring female role models.
Like It On Top opened #2 at the iTunes most downloaded US blues albums. The album peaked at #2 of the Billboard Top Selling blues albums chart.
A trending theme in today’s world is women overcoming obstacles and breaking through the glass ceilings to reach the top. Like It On Top celebrates those that take initiative, develop, inspire and motivate. But it also credits the men who are motivated and enlightened enough to support women in their quest to be their best versions of themselves.
“I hope that my music inspires others to motivate ladies all over the world to be successful, energetic, empowered women on a mission, and to motivate men to give them that chance,” Popovic says. “The majority of women need to work harder than men to prove themselves or need to cope with a feeling of constant pressure to never make a mistake and be perfect. I believe that women no longer only have the right to earn a living and to take care of themselves and their families. The time has come to step it up. Becoming the outstanding leaders of tomorrow. Corner-office ladies in business, politics, and the electric guitar!”
Ana has been moving west all her life. She fell in love with American blues as a kid, starting back home in Belgrade, Serbia (ex-Yugoslavia), then moved to the Netherlands to study at the conservatory of jazz and world-music. She lived in Amsterdam for over ten years, and then in a single-minded pursuit of her art and career, she relocated to Memphis, TN to record and work with Southern musicians. Finally, two years ago, she moved her family to Los Angeles, California where she now lives.
Called “one helluva a guitar-player” by Bruce Springsteen and nominated for six Blues Music Awards, Ana has appeared on the covers of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums ‘Can You Stand The Heat’ and ‘Unconditional’ were USA Today Picks-Of-The-Week and featured on NPR Weekend Edition, who praised her “Fiery technique on the Stratocaster”. Nearly all of Ana’s albums reached the top of the Billboard Blues Charts. She and her six-piece band have toured tirelessly, sharing stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck, Joe Bonamassa and many others.
Unbridled joy springs eternal from Halfway Home by Morning. Recorded live off the floor in Nashville, Tennessee, celebrated songwriter Matt Andersen’s tenth album collects all the essential elements for a down-home ramble and shoots them through with enough electrifying energy to drive the rock ‘n’ roll faithful to simmer, shimmy, and shake. Over its lucky 13 tracks, he explores every facet of his sound—sweat-soaked soul, incendiary rhythm and blues, heartbroken folk, and gritty Americana—and binds them together with palpable heart, as the band leaves everything they’ve got on the sweet old hardwood of the Southern Ground studio, in the same spot that legends like Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, and Jerry Lee Lewis turned up the volume ‘til it couldn’t go up anymore.
Along with the infiltrating buzz of Music City putting its stamp on the record, the studio itself became like a second home for Matt and the band. He and bassist Mike Farrington would routinely kick back with a drink and just listen to the horn section reminisce about the players they’d shared the stage with, and the kitchen took on its typical all-important role as war room, the spot where meals brought the whole crew together to plot next steps. Sometimes it’s tension that shapes a record. But what Halfway Home by Morning offers is soul rejuvenation, looking outward at the anxious state of the world and offering a helping hand, or searching inward to clarify what really matters. And to make a record like that, with warmth and verve, you need to keep your comrades close and feelin’ right. “There really is nothing like listening back in the studio and everybody has the same smile on their face over what we’re hearing,” Matt says. “You can’t fake the vibe of musicians playing together, responding to the choices others are making in that moment.”
About Matt Andersen
A powerhouse performer with a giant, soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt Andersen has built a formidable following the old-fashioned way: touring worldwide and letting his stunned audiences and new devotees spread the good word of his righteous tunes all over. And the world has indeed woken up and discovered him, helping him amass over 18 million views on YouTube. In addition to headlining major festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America, Europe and Australia, he has shared the stage and toured with Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, Greg Allman, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Randy Bachman, Little Feat, Jonny Lang, Serena Ryder, and more. Andersen nabbed the 2013 and 2016 European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic Act, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012, and was the first ever Canadian to take home top honours in the solo/duo category at the 2010 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Since the release of Weightless in early 2014, Andersen has received a JUNO nomination for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, a CIMA Road Gold award, and six Maple Blues Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Peter Rivera was born and raised in Detroit. His father worked in a factory while his Mother stayed home. When he was 9, a music store salesmen came to the house and sold his folks on a 30 music lesson package on the drums. Although Peter played on stage at the age of 5 with spoons to a record his dad gave him, he had no other musical experience in an otherwise normal childhood. He had no choice but to quit after only three lessons since his family could not afford it. For years Peter practiced his drumming on an old beat-up snare drum that he got for Christmas to the sounds of a record player, learning tempo and rhythm. After saving his money from working 2 paper routes, Peter bought a set of gold sparkle drums. This was the start of a long and successful career behind the drums.
After meeting a couple of guitar players, he formed his first band The Sultans. They practiced for a couple of years until one day Peter was seen at a church social by the members of a popular band, the Sunliners. The Sunliners asked Peter to audition, but they ended up not asking him to join their band. One year later however, they saw him again and this time they wanted him. After tireless hard work and practice, The Sunliners eventually got a job playing in a run down nightclub 5 nights a week. It was the start they needed.
As the years rolled on from club to club, The Sunliners were quickly becoming one of Detroit’s top bands. The Sunliners had one problem though, lack of material. Peter was asked if he could sing to bring some new sound and material to the setlist. Peter started singing two songs but quickly his performances grew to thirty songs every night!
Being in Detroit, Motown got wind of the band and offered to let them record for a few nights to see what they could do. This was their “big break” into the recording industry.
The Sunliners changed their name to Rare Earth and the album “Get Ready” came out and eventually sold millions. They went on to record many gold and platinum albums, and had such hits as “Get Ready”, “Born To Wander”, “(I Know) I’m Losing You”, “Hey Big Brother”, and “I just want to Celebrate”.
Years of touring took Peter all over the world, and in 1970 he married Dabar. They had 43 years together until her untimely passing in 2013. They raised 3 children who all went on to professional sports careers. Today Peter tours and writes material for his musical projects and his latest Album is “It Is What It Is”. The music is exciting and speaks to everyone, and shows his life experience is written in his songs.
Peter is considered to be one of the premier singers/drummers of all time. He was the voice of all the Rare Earth hits as well as the man behind the drums. His passion for music and unsurpassed talent earn him standing ovations wherever he plays.
Paul Nelson – is recognized as one of today’s top virtuoso guitarists/songwriters and producers not only having the distinction of being the hand picked fellow guitarist to the legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but he has toured the world over performing and or recorded along side an endless who’s who list of top artists from Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy to Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Popper, Dr. John, Larry Carlton, Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Sonny Landreth, Dickey Betts to Joe Walsh and more…
Nelson received a Grammy award for his work performing on and producing Winter’s “Step Back” release on Megaforce/Sony winning “Best Blues Album of the Year” highlighting his already long list of Grammy Nominations. As well as the BMA “Blues Music Award” for “Best Blues/Rock Album” reaching #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and staying at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts for weeks. He is also a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s KBA “Keeping The Blues Alive Award”.
His music has reached millions with appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on award winning documentaries: “Down and Dirty” The Johnny Winter Story and “Sideman: Long Road to Glory” (feat: Bonnie Rait, Gregg Allman, Hubert Sumlin), as well as music written/performed and broadcast nationally on NBC and on multiple major album releases, books, instructional guitar columns, live Concert DVD’s, and guest performances on countless recordings.
Staying at #1 on the “Hot New Releases” charts for months Nelson’s latest project “Badass Generation” on Sony Records still maintains his unmistakable connection to the Blues, but it also finds the guitarist showing his many other musical dimentions fans have come expect considering him one of music’s most respected and influential contemporary artists…
With The All- Star Band
Originally known as lead singer Mike DiMeo with legendary New York hard rock outfit Riot. He went on to record six studio albums with the band and one live album recorded live in Tokyo. He has done several tours with Bonnie Tyler (Total eclipse of the heart) Vinnie Moore (UFO). Dimeo had the honor of being the keyboard player on the legendary Guitar player Johnny Winter‘s last two releases, Roots, and Step Back. The records feature guest performances from some of the worlds greatest guitar players and musicians.. Vince Gill, Derek Trucks , Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Joe Bonamassa, Leslie West (Mountain) and many others….Step Back went on to win “Best Blues Album” at the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Mike currently tours the world with Tommy James and the Shondells (Mony Mony, Crimson and Clover)
JOEY PAFUMI drums
Joey Pafumi is a drummer who plays with authority, showmanship, and flair. His abilities take drumming to the ultimate level. Performed or recorded with such diverse artists as Walter Trout, Buddy Guy, XYZ, Jimi Jamison, Bernard Allison, Coco Montoya, Charlie Farren, Buddaheads, Guitar Shorty, James Montgomery, Steve Fister, Stewart Smith, Johnny A, Jon Butcher, Louis Johnson, BBC, Paul Jones,and many others.Currently on tour with The Paul Nelson Band.
MIKE TONY ECHOLS bass
A Top call session and Live ensemble player, Mike Tony Echols treats every situation with the utmost respect and attention to detail. His list of Artists he has performed with is extensive. List includes: Buddy Guy, Mary Ann Redmond, Sista Monica Parker, Paul Pfau, Tracy Hamlin, Calvin Richardson, Keller Williams, Levi Stephens & the Working Class, KILLER DELUXE, Chris Cain, BRENCORE ALL STARS, Jaared Arosemena, Bobby Thompson, Ron Holloway Band, The Morrison Brothers, Amanda Daughtry, BIGMOUTH (featuring Sean Rickman). I have shared the stage with: Etta James, The Yellow Jackets, Meshell Ndegeocello, UB40, Gladys Knight, Robert Cray, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Rebellion, Shemieka Copeland, Roy Ayers, The Blackbirds
Steve Marriner is a dynamic and powerful performer. His incorporation of various styles of blues, roots and soul come together to form an original sound that is both deep and genuine.
Steve has toured internationally and performed at prestigious festivals, concert halls and music clubs throughout Canada, The US, Europe and Australia. While he currently dedicates most of his time to fronting the acclaimed roots sensation “MonkeyJunk”, Steve can often be found performing intimate solo shows and joining other artists as a dynamic sideman.
During breaks between tours, Steve has developed a sterling reputation as a studio musician and producer. He has an extensive discogrpahy and has recorded with the likes of Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Harry Manx, Richard Bell (The Band, Joplin), Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Grady), Paul DesLauriers, Steve Dawson and David Gogo. Not yet thirty years old, he has already produced ten full length studio albums. The man doesn’t stop.
Originally renown for his prowess on the harmonica, Steve has become a multi-instrumental force in recent years adding bass, guitar, drums, and keys into the mix. He’s won multiple Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player and Male Vocalist of The Year. As well as a 2012 Juno Award for Blues Album of The Year with MonkeyJunk.