A JOHNNYSWIM Christmas (9:00 PM)

Britten Newbill (8:00 PM)

Sun, June 14, 2015

7:00 pm

Adv Tix $22.00 / Day of Show Tix $25.00

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A JOHNNYSWIM Christmas - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
There are approximately 2,000 miles between Nashville and Los Angeles. Both cities are home to JOHNNYSWIM. However, the duo's music far transcends that distance. It's easy to understand why A Prairie Home Companion declared that Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano Ramirez are "21st century troubadours." As JOHNNYSWIM, they embody the tradition of the well-traveled singer-songwriter while cultivating a modern style that's uniquely their own.

Heart Beats, the duo's debut for Big Picnic Records, is the culmination of years spent shaping what Vogue calls an "infectious sound." Of the 200-plus acts who performed at the 2013 Bonnaroo festival, only JOHNNYSWIM could naturally conjure elements of rock, blues, boleros, folk, and contemporary R&B in their music. With just a guitar and the scintillating contrast of their voices, the duo holds audiences spellbound. They are storytellers who create a sense of intimacy between them and the listener, whether performing on The Today Show, singing 333 feet underground in Tennessee's Cumberland Caverns, or illuminating the stage at O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. Their songs are shaped by universal truths. "It starts with a feeling we hope the listener will get when they hear the song," explains Abner about their songwriting process. "Sometimes it starts with a lyric, sometimes with a chord progression, or sometimes even with a picture, but ultimately we start with an emotion."

Abner and Amanda formed JOHNNYSWIM in Music City, USA. The son of immigrants who fled Cuba for the southeast, Abner had moved to Nashville to study and pursue music while Amanda's family settled in Nashville after moving between Los Angeles and the northeast. Both inherited strong musical influences from their parents and both were driven by a desire to chart their own path in music. Abner attempted a solo career with a record label and Amanda had done some recording in New York but neither course was creatively satisfying. And then they met each other in 2005.
Britten Newbill - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Britten Newbill
Britten Newbill loves music. The kindergartener, son of a music minister, propelled in by hearing “I’ll Be There” (Jackson 5) from Motown’s 25th Anniversary compellation in the backseat of his father’s truck had found his voice. Then came the church choir and by 4th grade guitar and songwriting. Additionally fueled by the songs of James Taylor and Prince, Britten studied the guitar and while entering middle school auditioned for Berklee College of Music’s summer program. Acceptance was just the beginning. Britten auditioned after high school for Berklee. Scholarship monies followed and so did gigs.

Singing as easily as most breathe, Britten found his place after the esteemed college and moved to Los Angeles. Hendersonville, Tennessee may have buried Johnny Cash but it also birthed Britten Newbill.

2009 was his first release, “Six Strings And A Drum Machine”. It was received with the attention it deserved. Seventeen magazine named him an “Unsigned Find” and praised his singular voice. John Legend recorded Britten’s song’s “Good Morning” for the opening track on his “Evolver” album. More touring and writing led him to VH 1’s “You Oughta Know” duo, JohnnySwim. The well respected couple co-wrote most of their debut release “Diamonds” with Britten and they took to the road. Britten opened each night with his acoustic guitar and then joined JohnnySwim for their headlining set.

Now Britten finds himself writing again, this time for himself-closer than ever to his truth. He finds the preparation in the rear view mirror and the path ahead of him. He is ready. You should be there.
Venue Information:
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069

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