"Acoustic Soul" Singer/Songwriter Justin Nozuka Plays Culture Room Feb. 25
photo by Chad Tenorio, via www.justinnozuka.com
Starting out on a more traditional R&B route, Nozuka worked with a series of producers -- until he discovered Ben Harper. "I really looked up to him at the time and saw how he handled his career, compared to how the R&B cats handled their careers," he says. "I just wanted to do my thing and just be me." Indeed, Harper fans will dig Nozuka's guitar-driven "acoustic soul," built on feel-good melodies with real vocal chops behind them. And while many songs are, as you would expect, autobiographical, Nozuka also possesses a mature flair for narrative. Songs like "Down in a Cold Dirty Well" and "Criminal" take unexpected darker turns, sung from the shadier corners of Nozuka's sunny musical world.
Justin Nozuka. with Missy Higgins and Lenka. Wednesday, February 25. Culture Room, 3045 N. Federal Hwy., Ft. Lauderdale. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $18 in advance. All ages. 954-564-1074; www.cultureroom.net
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