I am a Modern Acoustic Blues singer and guitarist in the style of Taj Mahal and Keb Mo. My catalog includes classic blues, fingerstyle guitar instrumentals and jazz standards.
Playing situations that I've encountered include city streets, restaurants, bars, festivals and private parties. This range of experiences has helped me to become very responsive to the needs of the playing situation.
Please consider my services if you want a fun, unique act for your event.
We used Jim for a relax corporate event, and his music was perfect. We really enjoyed the songs he selected, he came early, and was so easy to work with. We definitely recommend him and will use him in the future!
Response from Jim Pharis:
Thanks so much for your kind words and for booking me Hilary. I had a great time playing for y'all!
Jim Pharis has played for Spirits several times. We always look forward to his performances.
He is an unbelievably talented guitarist and plays a style of music that's not heard often. Good singer and good story teller. Keeps our audiences well entertained.
Response from Jim Pharis:
Jim Pharis is an exceptional performer! The diversity in his musical stylings leaves every listener satisfied. It has been a pleasure working with and experiencing his music since 2013!
Price Range: $250 and up
Gig Length: 45 - 120 minutes
What to Expect
My performances are noted for a warm, relaxed presentation featuring smooth vocals, dazzling guitar work and a friendly, outgoing demeanor with the audience. The person booking me has come to expect a professional, "no drama" performer/contractor.
My interest in the folk blues music that comprises part of my repertoire began as a kid in the late 1960's. Learning about that music and a developing interest in early jazz, eventually led me to the tunes that I now play.
I am equally at ease being the center of attention or playing background music. My desire is to do what's needed to make an event fun and successful This includes playing at an appropriate volume for the situation.
Past Booked Events
|October 25, 2018 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Retirement Community Event|
|October 11, 2018 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm||Retirement Community Event|
|March 22, 2018 • 6:00pm - 8:00pm||Corporate Event|
|August 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Spirits Food and Friends|
|May 07, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Cigar Club|
|March 23, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Cigar Club|
|March 06, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Artmosphere Bistro|
|February 07, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Artmosphere Bistro|
|February 03, 2016 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||The Cigar Club|
A partial set list includes the following songs:
City of New Orleans
Walking The Dog
Having A Ball
See the Girl
Mind Your Own Business
Long Tall Mama
Old Rocking Chair
Monkey and Engineer
Sin To Tell a Lie
Rag Mama Rag
Walking My Baby Back Home
You Are My Sunshine
When Did You Leave Heaven
Built For Comfort
Things About Coming My Way
Swinging On A Star
Walking My Troubles Away
Nobody Knows You When You're down and Out
Don't Sell It/ Don't Give It Away
Please Don't Talk About Me...
I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Ants in My Pants
Lazy Sunday Morning
Police Dog Blues
Ways Like A Crawfish
St Louis Blues
Drunken Hearted Man
It Hurts Me Too
I am constantly learning new songs.
Influences & Inspiration
The contemporary performers that I'm most often compared to are Taj Mahal, Keb Mo and Eric Clapton (Unplugged). Historical performers that have been an influence include Blind Boy Fuller, Merle Travis and Chet Atkins.
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