Cole Williams, Lilli Lewis, Nikita Bassi

Cole Williams, Lilli Lewis, Nikita Bassi

Wednesday, April 17

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

  • Nikita Bassi - 8:30
  • Lilli Lewis - 9:15
  • Cole Williams - 10:20

Cole Williams
Cole Williams
Cole Williams is a force of nature. Equal parts musician, fashionista, radio DJ, community builder, and philanthropist, Williams is constantly reimagining herself and redefining what it means to be an empowered Jamaican American woman by building a brand that is confident and ever-changing. From her musical beginnings in Brooklyn, to a myriad of creative pursuits in her home base of New Orleans, Williams is as diverse an artist as any in the entertainment industry, with passions that are only exceeded by her unparalleled ambition.

Music has always come first for Williams. The self-proclaimed punk-empress of African Rock got her start in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. She attended Brooklyn Technical High School (known for its Nobel Laureate alumni, as well as Mos Def and Talib Kweli) and majored in psychology before studying classical voice at New Jersey City University. This rich background coupled with Cole’s foundation in classical piano (trained from ages 4-17), a church upbringing, and childhood love affair with her parents’ record collection provided her with the foundation to eventually broaden her artistic horizon, but it would take a big move and a leap of faith to put her creative potential in motion.
The Lilli Lewis Project
The Lilli Lewis Project
More than a band, LLP is a movement; a cult of decency...here at the end of all things.
The band started at a time when band leader Lilli Lewis found herself facing one of those classic existential dilemmas: Do you spend your time doing what you feel you were born to do, or do you bury that call in the mountain of work it takes to run one of Louisiana’s most influential independent record labels? She chose the former, quite her label job, and released an EP to assert her intention to answer that primal call, whatever the consequences.
As the story goes, Lilli Lewis should never have been. Before she was born, Lewis’ mother was told her baby probably wouldn’t survive due to lung trouble, so she sees the fact that those same lungs wanted to be used in service to song as a miracle she takes for granted. She may not sound like anyone else you know, and her songs may not ever reach the radio, but Lewis uses her voice to bring what she calls sacred songs into profane spaces, and she hopes her audiences leave shows knowing two things: that they are brilliant as they are, and that they have the ability to use that brilliance to make a better world.
Luckily, she wasn’t the only one who’d received the download that music could still serve as a global healer, and the clearer she became about walking that walk, the more kindreds showed up at her door: drummer, Wade Hymel is a Phish / Dead head is a musical savant who makes something beautiful out of anything you throw at him; Virtuoso Bassist Jimbo Walsh is a powerhouse composer with a master philosopher’s gene pool and a musical lineage that goes all the way back to Schoenberg, Ellington and Bach; Saxophonist Ole Oddlokken is a Norwegian transplant with a Norwegian Fine Arts degree and a New Orleans Masters of Funkology; Percussionist Ryan Murray is a woke AF world music specialist sweats insight and understanding; and guitarist Smokey Brown is a midwestern man’s man with the warmest ear and the flyest shoes on the block.
The combined talent and sincerity of the band brings a breath of hope to those who hear them, as they cling to the days when everyone still knew music could change the world. The come as you are outfit may not be sleek enough to reach the mainstream, but they show up to light up the members of their tribe, reminding them that everything they are is all that is ever required.
Nikita Bassi
Nikita Bassi
Nikita Bassi’s music is a celebration of diversity. She aims to celebrate different music from different cultures, all under a pop-electronic roof. Born in Birmingham, England, Nikita took up piano lessons at the age of 5, sang with her school swing band and later started singing with a local pop-soul group. Her family’s widespread music taste brought an eclectic mix of influences into her life - Julie London to Ravi Shankar, Queen to Massive Attack. Her passion for music grew and, aged 18, Nikita moved to London to study music. Here, she learnt to produce her own songs and began experimenting with a variety of world instruments. She became extremely attached to her evolving sound when she found how much it connected her to her Indian Punjabi roots.

Nikita’s musical journey in London has recently allowed her to play at Shepherd’s Bush Hall and The Borderline, supporting Kovic, and this summer she is releasing her own Worldly music right into the World. She jumped at the chance to play at The Mint during her short stay here in Los Angeles.
Venue Information:
The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA, 90035
http://www.themintla.com/