STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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… And they’re all still in high school.
Before heading down to Memphis at the end of the month to play in the Youth Showcase at the 2016 International Blues Challenge, the band Time Gap has a plum opening slot at Sellersville Theater Jan. 13 warming up for Davy Knowles of Back Door Slam.
According to 17-year-old guitarist Radka Kasparcova, a senior at Methacton High School, the Sellersville set is to focus on the seven original blues tracks on the just-released mini-album “Flashback” that was recorded at East Norriton’s MorningStar Studios.
Featuring Doylestown resident Sophie Griffiths on vocals; classical, jazz and rock multi-instrumentalist Miles Burger on bass; and Methacton drum line, jazz band and concert band musician Noah Bryant on drums, the members of Time Gap knew each other at various times throughout their school years.
“Miles and Noah are six feet tall, and Sophie and I are in the 5’2”-5’3” range,” Kasparcova said of the noticeable height difference between the girls and the boys. “It’s so much fun playing the blues with them. The chemistry in the band has been phenomenal.”
Forming the band just a year ago, they’ve already performed at venues such as the Phoenixville Blues Festival and the Libertae Bike Run and Family Picnic in Bensalem. Kasparcova said that the travel funds to go to Memphis are coming from gig money the band has saved up, with supplemental funds coming from their families. “I’m actually not nervous at all,” she said about trying to win over fans at the International Blues Challenge.
Besides their originals, Time Gap — a reference to linking the present to the blues’ rich 20th century past, Kasparcova says — also covers tunes by The Allman Brothers, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. Kasparcova said they also play “Stormy Monday” and Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” (which was popularized in the ‘60s by Cream). There’s more on the band’s YouTube channel https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLSe3WbfbZHLUV_DtdDZ9dHkxz660qV2sd.
You can also follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/radkamusic. “It’s important to get connected to everyone, and be friends with everyone,” the guitarist said.
And you don’t have to be old enough to remember the 1950s or 1960s to be into the blues. “We convey that emotion through the story in the songs,” said Kasparcova, recalling seeing “this group of kids” at a Guitar Center store one day that were grooving to some 12-bar blues.
According to the band’s bio, Kasparcova was once invited to the stage by Guy and his protégé, Quinn Sullivan, which inspired her original single “High School Blues.” She has been profiled on blues.org on their Blues Kids page, and is a recipient of a scholarship from the Blues Foundation. “It takes a lot of time and effort, and not a lot of sleep,” she said of pursuing a music career.
The Time Gap bio mentions that Griffiths plays piano and viola, is interested in dance, and enjoys swimming, biking, hiking, crafting and photography. She hopes to go into a career in music production.
Serious about the bass guitar, Burger has taken classes with Steve Bailey, Victor Wooten, Manuel Kaufman, Hal Robinson, Joe Conyers, Rufus Reid and more, according to the band bio.
Hailing from Phoenixville, Bryant has studied world percussion instruments.