19-Year-Old Singer-Songwriter Nina Shallman Debuts At The E Spot Lounge With An All Ages Show This Saturday, August 8, Playing With Her Acoustic Trio
Los Angeles native and current Amherst College student Nina Shallman is a 19-year old singer-songwriter, musician and poet. She records and performs original songs with rock, jazz and pop influences, and select covers. This Saturday, August 8, Nina makes her debut performance at The E Spot Lounge, the new supper club created by Sheila E. located upstairs from Vitello’s Restaurant in Studio City. Starting at 8PM, the all ages show features Nina on piano in an acoustic trio accompanied by upright bassist Aaron Blick and drummer Rob Humphreys. They will play two sets at this special 8/8 at 8PM for $8 event. Included in the set list will be “La Vie En Rose” – a live favorite for Nina fans! Noted jazz pianist Will Herrington will sit in with Nina and the trio on a few songs.
The E Spot Lounge, located just above the famed Vitello’s Restaurant, features live performances nightly in an intimate, 125 seat venue. From Jazz to Blues, Latin and R&B, this state-of-the-art supper club amazes people from all over the planet.
In 2015, Sheila E., the multi-faceted drummer, percussionist, vocalist, producer and composer joined with Vitello’s to create the one-of-a-kind E Spot Lounge. She took over and completely transformed the club Upstairs at Vitello’s into the E Spot Lounge. According to the L.A. Weekly article: “To call the complete transformation of the club remarkable would be an understatement. Nearly every surface and fixed seat in the club has been changed, the stage has moved to an adjoining wall, and a completely new entrance tunnel was created connecting the ground-floor back bar to the upstairs showroom. The amount of elevated VIP space in the club has been doubled, and the overall experience greatly enhanced. Pete Escovedo’s paintings hang on every wall except the one behind the stage.
Nearly a quarter-million dollars has been spent on sound and lighting equipment, and Sheila is still tweaking the space to maximize the experience. After introducing her family’s band on the club’s first Wednesday night, she headed straight for the new audio/video booth to sit with the house engineer. “
Nina continues her L.A. appearance in L.A. On Saturday, August 22, she returns to The Mint in Los Angeles for a third time with her full band which, in addition to Blick and Humphreys, includes Nomi Abadi (keyboards, background vocals), and Dan Kalisher (guitar). Nina will sing, as well as play piano and ukulele; doors are at 6:30PM, the set starts at 7:30PM sharp. In an LA Weekly Critic’s Pick preview for Nina’s first Mint show last January, Falling James wrote, “Nina Shallman has such a lovely voice, it almost doesn’t matter what she’s singing…On ballads such as “The Moon Can Stay,” she breaks hearts with little more than sparse piano accents, the faraway swoon of violins and her wistfully ethereal vocals.”
The Mint show will also be a record release party for—and sneak preview of—Nina’s forthcoming debut album Nina Shallman, scheduled to come out August 28. Nina finished the album earlier this summer with award-winning producer Andrew Williams (formerly of The Williams Brothers, and producer for artists including Peter Case, Victoria Williams, and Five for Fighting), with whom she’s worked since 2013. CDs and download cards will be available for sale at The Mint.
One cut from the album, “Never Years Old”—Nina’s duet and co-write with singer-songwriter Jacob Snider, is currently getting airplay on Philadelphia area public radio station WXPN-FM 88.5 (www.xpn.org). Hear it on SoundCloud.
The E Spot Lounge is located at 4349 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91604 (upstairs from Vitello’s). Tickets are $8 in advance: http://bit.ly/1IoJiSl. The Mint is located at 6010 W. Pico Blvd., LA, CA 90010. Tickets are $8 in advance: http://themintla.com/event.cfm?id=210490&cart ($12 at Mint door the night of show, cash only). Dinner and drinks are available at each of the venues, and both shows are all-ages.
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