Nikhil Korula Launches Solo EP, NK Band Rocks House of Blues

Group Headlines July 9 with Songs from Korula’s ‘Solo Sessions’

By Stephen K. Peeples

Nikhil Korula NK BandMulti-genre singer, songwriter, guitarist and bandleader Nikhil Korula and the NK Band will headline the House of Blues Sunset Strip on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at special party celebrating the release of Korula’s new EP, “Solo Sessions.”

The group will spotlight new material from “Solo Sessions,” now climbing the charts on radio. The five-track EP’s lead-off single, “Fade Away,” is inside the Top 20 and moving up FMQB’s Hot A/C airplay chart.

Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 at the House of Blues, 8430 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood. General admission tickets are $10 per person.

The NK Band’s House of Blues show precedes Saturday night’s premiere of Korula’s riveting solo acoustic set on SCVTV’s “House Blend,” the music-and-interview TV show hosted by Stephen K. Peeples in Santa Clarita, Calif. Further “House Blend” details will be announced Wednesday.

Korula Creates a Musical Mosaic with ‘Solo Sessions’

“Solo Sessions,” released by Korula’s own Groove Infinity Records, is a musical mosaic showcasing his powerful vocals and the most intimate, personal songwriting he’s recorded and released so far.

“After touring so much with the band, I wanted to step out a little as a singer-songwriter,” Korula said of his sixth release, following the NK Band’s “Music of the New Day” in 2012.

Joining him on various “Solo Sessions” tracks are Dave Matthews Band mainstays Jeff Coffin (saxophone) and Butch Taylor (keyboards).

Korula’s “Solo Sessions” music is soulful and adventurous, drawing from multicultural roots, and translates easily from solo to the full band arrangements fans will see and hear Tuesday night at the House of Blues.

The lyrics and concepts Korula explores on “Solo Sessions” are more introspective than on much of his previous work with his band. He opens the EP with an exploration of life and love titled “Spark” and follows a narrative thread through the closing “Fade Away.”

“We’re all sparks with great potential and the goal in life is to see how brightly you can shine before you fade away,” Korula said.

More About Nikhil Korula and the NK Band

Nikhil Korula and the NK Band at Summerfest 2013, MilwaukeeNikhil Korula (pronounced nik-HIL ko-RULA), from Arcadia, Calif., began training in classical voice and opera at age 5, and later studied at USC’s Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.

He formed the NK Band in 2002, and has shared the stage as a musician and/or bandleader with a wide variety of artists, among them John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band, Ben Harper, Los Lonely Boys, Erykah Badu, The Roots and even Barry Manilow.

Along with the House of Blues on Sunset, Korula and the NK Band have performed on other famous stages including the Viper Room and The Roxy on the Sunset Strip, and the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

The NK Band has become popular on the jam band scene on college campuses across the country and at big festivals like Bonnaroo.

At the 2013 Sundance festival, the NK Band performed at three of Park City’s top local nightspots as part of the popular “Concerts at Sundance” music series.

Early in the summer, the band opened for Gavin DeGraw at Summerfest in Milwaukee (the world’s largest music festival), performing for more than 10,000 fans (pictured above right).

For House of Blues tickets and more information, call 323-848-5100 or visit the House of Blues website.

For more information on Nikhil Korula, the NK Band and “Solo Sessions,” visit the band’s website and Facebook page. You can also follow the band’s Twitter feed, and check out Korula’s personal Facebook page.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Stephen K. Peeples is a features writer/reporter and photographer for KHTS Radio News (hometownstation.com) and SCVNews.com. He also writes the occasional “Peeples Place at KHTS” blog post, and delivers the “SCV Entertainment Minute” Wednesdays during SCVTV’s NewsBreak evening news program. He independently provides editorial and social media services for select clients.

Previously, Peeples was a music/entertainment features writer and columnist for The Signal (2004-2011), and the paper’s CNPA-award-winning online editor and social media manager (2007-2011).

Raised in Southern Florida and Southern California and a rock-jazz drummer since age 12, Peeples was a longtime record industry media relations executive (Capitol Records, Elektra/Asylum Records and Rhino Entertainment, 1977-1998), sandwiching in eight years as a radio writer/producer (Westwood One Radio Network, 1983-1990).

He is a Grammy-nominated record producer (“Monterey International Pop Festival” boxed set, MIPF/Rhino, 1992) and an award-winning radio producer (Radio Festival of New York medalist for “The Lost Lennon Tapes,” Westwood One, 1988-1990). Contact him at stephen (at) hometownstation.com or visit http://www.stephenkpeeples.com.

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Nikhil Korula Launches Solo EP, NK Band Rocks House of Blues

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Article: Nikhil Korula Launches Solo EP, NK Band Rocks House of Blues
Category: News
Author: Stephen K. Peeples

Speak Your Mind