Blackstar Amps Opens the NAMM Show With a True Rock and Roll Party at Swing House Studios




Jared James Nichols Band and Gus G team up at Blackstar Amps party at Swinghouse Studios - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Jared James Nichols, Sin Quirin and Gus G Rock the House

By DONNA BALANCIA

NAMM Show 2017 got a wild kickoff at Swing House Studios last night as Blackstar Amplification celebrated its 10th anniversary in purely rock and roll style.

Rudy Parris and the blues - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Rudy Parris and the blues – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Swing House Studios was aglow with talent and a happy crowd of friends and customers, drinks and food kept the party cruising until the musicians took the stage.

Jared James Nichols, Sin Quirin of Ministry, Gus G of Ozzy Osbourne, blues guitarist Rudy Parris and the alt band Grit grabbed center stage and put on a true rock show for friends and customers of the U.K.-based Blackstar Amps.

Grit the band - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Grit the band – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Nichols, whose throwback rock and roll style brings fans to their feet, had the crowd yelling and he played a few new tunes and some favorites.  Nichols flying red mane is only eclipsed by his remarkable talent, as his fingers fly up the frets. Check out his Facebook page here.

Not only was it Blackstar’s 10th anniversary, it was the birthday of Paul Hayhoe, Blackstar UK.  Paul did tell the crowd that he was grateful for the support and was thankful to Swing House for the support and he was grateful to the Blackstar USA representative, Loren Molinare. Loren is a great guitar player in his own right and is in several bands including the DoGs of Detroit and Little Caesar. A cake was brought in and presented by Phil Jaurigui and Nichols.

Sin Quirin, who teaches a master class in guitar when he’s not being an elder statesman of rock and roll, blew up the room with a cover of Robin Trower’s “Bridge of Sighs.” Supported by Nichols and his band you can check out Sin’s work in the video below.

Jared James Nichols - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Jared James Nichols – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

The humble Parris, whose blues guitar work would make the masters of the genre proud, showed the diversity of his style jamming with the group and taking lead. He played B.B. King and some of the greats, giving a tip of the hat to all the legends. Check out the Rudy Parris website here.

Blackstar Honchos - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Blackstar Honchos – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Gus G. blew the house away with his amazing licks. The talented player has worked with some of the top musicians in the business. He and Nichols’ band worked some magic in the room.

Gus G: All about Rock and Roll - Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia
Gus G: All about Rock and Roll – Photo © 2017 Donna Balancia

Swing House was packed with all sorts of cool people: Andrew and Sean from the Canadian band Charger; Phil Jaurigui and Alexandra Greenberg of Swing House and MSOPR respectively, Blackstar’s Loren Molinare and his wife Julie, and the UK rainmakers from Blackstar Amps. Check out the Blackstar Amps website here.