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Melody Bar & Grill
9132 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90045
310-670-1994
While Los Angeles has produced many vastly influential jazz, R&B and rock & roll innovators, we come up a bit short on homegrown soul singers — save for Nolan Porter, the remarkable exception who proves that mystifying rule. A brilliant stylist whose lustrous, sable-toned pipes convey a seductive, deceptively relaxed R&B pathology, Porter’s classic early-’70s records — “If I Could Only Be Sure,” “Keep on Keepin’ on” — display a wall-to-wall skill, passion and depth that easily qualify him as one of soul’s most satisfying practitioners. Still a huge draw on the U.K. Northern Soul circuit (Paul Weller covered the aforementioned title and Joy Division’s “Interzone” is directly based on the haunting latter), Porter remains virtually unknown at home, ranking this rare appearance as a mighty must-see.
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