Johnny Popcorn

Johnny Popcorn

Funk/Soul has been arranged and dragged through the years so much, its aged prematurely. Bands have evolved and even died as its progressive strain mutated and grew. Being a genre so bratty and angst ridden, funk is a recycled phenomenon, Its infectious armor healing after a continuous battering.

Enter JOHNNY POPCORN.

In 2000, music was beginning to morph and grow an over-skin where generic bands could take shelter. At that time, Johnny Popcorn was in its early stages and was just a release for its members. Considering the project as something fun outside of their regular music careers, Johnny Popcorn would be the outlet when things got too stressful. Fittingly enough, recording some Johnny Popcorn hits seemed to hit the spot.

Consisting of two members, (Hezekiah and Tone Whitefield) the duo's inspiration and experience is the masterpiece that cements Johnny Popcorn. Vocalist and song writer Hezekiah is no stranger to the music industry with 3 full length solo albums as a Hip-Hop artist. Feeling like he was neglecting his Southern Funk/Rock upbringing passed down by his parents from Kentucky and North carolina, he was inspired to do something new and exciting which ultimately settled into a new found passion. Bass guitarist and all around producer Tony Whitfield, would aid Armstrong on his Punk/Rock/Funk/Soul assault with a diverse spark of rawness and sound the act needed for progress.

The JOHNNY POPCORN name was inspired by Hezekiah and Tone joking around at open mics and putting fake names on the list. When the time came... the show host said the name, Johnny Popcorn, on the mic and the audience chuckled and repeated the name. Thus Johnny was born. A substance so meaningful to them, it deserved its own ego.

Taragirl

If a single phrase could describe vocalist, songwriter and performer taragirl, it would be "the truth!" Her powerhouse voice, contagious energy and charismatic songs have earned the Philadelphia-based artist a reputation as an indie star. With two releases, multiple sold out shows, openings for Grammy-winning acts, outlets like The Daily News calling her "Philly's next signature voice," and popular blogs like PhillyChitChat.com as devoted fans, taragirl is certainly poised to break out onto the larger music scene. Drawing inspiration from Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey, to EnVogue and Lauryn Hill, taragirl's blend of soul, pop, funk and r&b has wide appeal, with her vocal acrobatics and fiery stage presence rousing tens of thousands of fans since releasing her self-written debut The 26th Power in 2006, followed by 2010's The City: Soul Suite. Those projects garnered the songstress numerous accolades including City Paper's "10 Artists To Watch," as well as performances alongside the likes of Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Amy Winehouse, Ledisi and Chrisette Michele. Now ready to unveil her third project, taragirl is prepared to bring her story and accomplishments full circle, solidifying her brand with a new forward-thinking look and sound. If her shimmying, retro-infused single "Can't Let Go" is any indication, taragirl's trademark brand of "girl funk music" will only continue her rise as a fierce female voice in entertainment.

Fat Nice

Originally from Chicago, Il.,(Harvey and Dixmoor respectively) Fatnice has recorded and performed across the country. He handles mcing, production, arr. and recording with Blaak the 9th Man for their company Welcome To Soulville.

Richard Raw

Lyrical wordsmith and music phenom Richard Raw is taking the industry by storm with his unique blend of soul, spoken word, funk and hip-hop. Born on the cusp of the of the 1980s hip-hop boom, Raw is influenced by hip-hop greats Public Enemy, KRS-1, Rakim and Nas as well as soul artists Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder. Richard Raw has years of experience in the music industry which includes songwriting, music composition and nationwide performances. He has created a vast collection of hip-hop and neo-soul music, finding his own unique sound in the combination of soul and thought-provoking lyrical hip-hop. After releasing numerous mixtapes and working on a range of other music projects, Richard Raw released his 2011 debut album entitled The Renaissance. Once he completed The Renaissance, Raw immediately began working on his follow up project, Soul Sessions.

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Johnny Popcorn with Taragirl, Fat Nice, Richard Raw

Wednesday, November 20 · 8:00 PM at Silk City Diner