8 Off 8th hosted by HOUSEQUAKE
Monday, November 27
Doors @ 7:00 PM MST
Show @ 8:00 PM MST
Ages: 18 and Over
Texas Native Brad Blackburn fosters a unique blend of Pop, Rock, and Soul, driven by his warm vocals and bluesy guitar chops. After years of developing his sound and performing most nights of the week in San Antonio, Brad relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to take on Music City. In just four short years, he has asserted himself as a force to be reckoned with in this competitive industry. His sophomore album, Through The Dark, is set for release May 9, 2017. With his strong pop sensibilities and seasoned lyrical ability, Brad has won a total of 8 songwriting contests since moving to Nashville. In fact, his songwriting ability won him the 2015 ASCAP Bart Howard Songwriting Award; the 2016 ASCAP Leon Brettler Award; and the 2016 Live Wholly Tour. That being said, Brad is just as much a performer, as he is a songwriter. At just twenty-one years old, Brad has played CMA Fest; Belmont University’s Best of the Best Showcase (3 years in a row); the 18th Annual Grammy Block Party; the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Awards at the Lincoln Center; and the Live Wholly Festival where he opened up for the Cold War Kids. For Brad, music has never been just a hobby, but rather an obsession. He picked up the guitar when he was just twelve years old and started investing hours upon hours into writing. He found inspiration in his parent’s record collection with artists like The Eagles and James Taylor, and fused it with the inspiration he took from more contemporary artists like John Mayer and Jason Mraz. Brad released his debut album, Color Coded, in 2014 which earned him many of the accolades mentioned above. However, Brad believes that Color Coded was just the beginning: “Having spent the last three years, writing and re-writing, recording and re-recording, I have much better grasp on who I am as an artist, and I truly feel that BLACK&WHITE captures my sound, and the story I want to tell with that sound.” Singles “Good Go Bad” and “Spoke Too Soon”, are Brad’s strongest tracks to date and are available now on Spotify and iTunes.
Featured on Beats1 Radio, NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation and BBC Radio 1xtra, JSPH is a progressive artist making waves in the industry. Nominated as Cincinnati’s New Artist of the Year, JSPH’s previous single “Breathe was featured in Pharrell’s OTHERtone playlist. His singles have landed him on Spotify’s Weekly Buzz and New Discovery Playlists. NPR Music compared JSPH to, “D’Angelo, Frank Ocean and James Blake, with an accessibility that [they] think will make him a hit with both critics and casual listeners.” – 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing JSPH grew up in Northern Kentucky and recalls an inevitable passion to write and sing. At a young age he discovered a love for artists ranging from Boys II Men, Prince and Sam Cooke. He would copy down the lyrics of songs as a child, study them, then perform them in front of family and classmates. While pursuing a law degree, he would sneak into the fine arts library every chance he had and recalls writing lyrics in his casebooks during class. Instead of raising his voice as an advocate in the courtroom after law school, JSPH decided to continue crafting his voice into a unique musical sound on the stage
Florida-native artist, Nilka, is transcending the alternative-pop genre with her fluid vocals and cinematic music. Nilka fell in love with creating songs as a young girl fusing her thoughts to a string of notes with lyrics originating back to the early age of 9. Five years later she taught herself how to play guitar, cementing her melody-lyric combinations and her pensive songs became like entries in a journal. Songwriting was a way for Nilka to confront experiences in her life and music became her outlet. Throughout grade school, she participated in different bands and choirs where she became fascinated with the impression symphonic music could leave on an audience and inspired by a broad spectrum of genres from Motown to Folk music. During the summer of 2014, Nilka relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where she continues composing songs that narrate life encounters aspiring to connect with listeners through her music. Currently, Nilka is releasing a collection of singles throughout the year of 2017 which has been titled “Year of the Escape” and defined by Victoria Henderson, of Music Update Central and Nashville Unsigned, as “a self-meditating journey that makes you feel as if you’re a part of something bigger than yourself.” Nilka strives to captivate her listeners with a soul-moving experience and provide an escape from the mundane outlook on life, compelled to reveal a unique and authentic perspective of this world. Find music by Nilka on all music platforms and visit www.nilkamusic.com to learn more.
Phoenix transplant to Nashville, Ryne Norman made his Nashville debut after releasing his Americana folk rooted ‘Revival EP’ in the spring of 2015. Much like the saguaros in his childhood backyard, Ryne Norman’s path to Nashville is as remarkable as the flourishing of those desert plants: towering and thriving despite the toil of desert living. From a very young age, Ryne started to observe his desolate world. Through writing he juxtaposed the suburban malaise with his thoughts on life, pain, and beauty. Through this process of holding seemingly contradictory thoughts together, he began to unlock what a beautifully tattered existence we live. So through a stylistic evolution from post-rock and americana roots to a vibrant aural richness of indie-pop with a feel for the times, he has crafted a new sound that transcends genre and era. Norman’s music is a combination of revisiting classic 80’s elements, capturing the heart of Americana storytelling, and pulling from modern influences such as Dawes, James Vincent McMorrow, & The 1975. Ryne Norman released his first single, “Stranger Things”, on September 22nd. It is his first single off of his debut LP, “Red Mountain” expected later this year.
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