*LaMarr Blackmon has hashtagged his latest business venture #TheNewSoulTrain, believing his monthly showcase is to new and emerging indie artists what the Hippest Trip in America was in the 70s for folks wanting to see their favorite R&B acts.
“It was the first place that gave them a national platform,” he says of the talent on Don Cornelius’ long-running series. “So I’m the first person that’s giving an independent artist a platform in Los Angeles.”
The Underground Hit Breakers Independent Showcase and Comedy Slam, produced by Blackmon and held every last Thursday of the month at The Rooftop Inglewood (130 Market Street), offers a space for music acts, comics and spoken word artists to get on stage and perform before a live audience.
Blackmon usually books between four to five musical acts, two to three comics and one spoken word artist per showcase, recruiting from a pool of both signed and unsigned talent.
“I just want quality artists, and with L.A. you can find that,” he tells Lee Bailey in our “For The Record” podcast. “There’s a ton of artists out here that’s construction workers, a bodyguard by day, or waitresses, or Uber drivers by night that have serious talent, so we’re just asking for those [people] to come out.”
Interested parties are asked to contact [email protected] or 818-766-0087.
Listen to the entire interview with Lamarr Blackmon below in our latest For the Record podcast.