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The Soul Of John Black / Morty Shallman / Taro Hart (Early Show)

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The Soul Of John Black / Morty Shallman / Taro Hart (Early Show)
Saturday, March 22, 2014 8:00 PM
The Mint, Los Angeles, CA
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  • Ticket Price: $10.00 - $12.00
  • Door Time: 7:00 PM
  • Restrictions: 21 & over
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  • The Soul Of John Black

    The Soul Of John Black

    John "JB" Bigham is a singer, songwriter, performer, producer and innovator — an artist who blends the sounds of the past and the future with the smooth confidence and authority of a card shark shuffling a hot deck.

    But when it comes to creating visionary music under the moniker of his alter-ego/band The Soul of John Black, there's no gambling involved. Bigham's smart blend of rock, funk, hip-hop, and R&B — all embraced by his love of classic and modern blues — makes him a true twenty-first-century soul man.

    The musical foundation of this Los Angeles-based innovator who has worked with Miles Davis, Dr. Dré, Nikka Costa, Eminem, and other A-list talents was built during his childhood in the Windy City.

    "I learned about music from my friends, my parents and the radio," JB says. "In Chicago a lot of soul-blues was popular, and even doo-wop, but when I got turned on to Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, as a guitar player there was no turning back."

    With that broad stylistic education under his belt, Bigham moved to L.A. to pursue a career in music and began working as a touring sideman and session player. His first high profile gig was playing guitar for R&B hit man El DeBarge. But JB's personal history as an experimenter goes back to 1989, when he began an eight-year tenure playing guitar and keyboards in pioneering ska-funk-punk band Fishbone.

    "Oddly enough, I didn't get into really deep old school blues until I was working with Miles and he recorded songs with John Lee Hooker for the soundtrack to a movie called The Hot Spot. That music affected me profoundly. John Lee Hooker became one of my main guys. I also figured that if his music and Miles Davis' could blend so beautifully, I should be able to find my own way of combining everything that I love. And that's what The Soul of John Black is about."

  • Morty Shallman

    Morty Shallman

    Fusing elements of disco, dance pop, indie pop, alt-rock and EDM, with soaring melodies, intelligent lyrics and classic pop song craft, Shallman serves up a glowing succession of catchy tunes and infectious beats that will brighten the playlists of listeners, dancers, youtubers and radio programmers alike. - See more at:

  • Taro Hart

    Taro Hart

    Taro Hart was quite literally raised by the Dead. He was born into a family of rock and roll and his story reads like a folk tale starting with his first recording, which was a soundscape of his heartbeat, recorded in utero. Taro was the first person to start their music career before their own birth. The minute Taro’s hands could fit around a drumstick, they became glued for life. His natural ability was amplified by the support of the community he was born into. He was a staple on the side of the stage, constantly emulating his father’s drumming and molding his own skill sets around it. By the time Taro was a teenager, he had already shared the stage and performed with some of the best musicians of his time. There are a certain inevitable factors that come with a childhood spent on the road and unable to travel with a drum kit. Taro did what he had to do in order to keep creating and picked up the guitar. This transition was ultimately a necessary one as songwriting became a way to express the music he heard and saw in his mind that he couldn't convey through drumming. The way Taro listens to music hasn't changed since the day he first began to understand it. His focus has, and always will be the drumming, and the bass line, which is why some of his music moves on top of a funkier, more hip bass line, instead of the traditional “in the pocket” bass line. His guitar playing mixes rock/ pop guitar progressions with a funky right hand that most drummers showcase in their guitar playing. The truth is, Taro doesn't play one kind of music, because whatever comes out when he's creating music is what he wants to play. There’s something different about Taro’s music. It’s strong but vulnerable. It pulls you into his world that can be both heartbreaking and inspiring. It’s hard to say where Taro Hart got his sound from. It could be that he was born with an internal rhythm, a driving force, handed down and marching him towards his potential. Or, it could be that he earned it. Taro grew up inside a legacy, yet his life took him down roads that many could never imagine. Maybe it was these experiences that elevated his music to the standard it's at today. Taro has the ability to show a part of society that most people completely ignore or fear but his songs also carry sentiments that everyone can understand and connect with. Taro's only rule when writing music is "never write about things you haven't gone through." Taro just finished recording his 5-song EP with well-known producer/engineer Doug Grean (Velvet Revolver, Stone Temple Pilots, Sheryl Crow).

Set Times:
  • 08:00 PM - The Soul Of John Black
  • 08:45 PM - Morty Shallman
  • 09:30 PM - Taro Hart

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