Drawing from the strong influences of blues and R&B as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John Németh creates original music that is both personal and universal. John’s songs are groove and melody driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality, and marijuana. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. Németh’s striking tenor vocals are already legendary, with a pitch-perfect purity of range and power that has drawn comparisons to soul singers from O.V. Wright to James Brown. He keeps that power under a tight leash, letting it rip at just the right places to benefit the song. Németh is also a very accomplished harmonica player who can boogie with the best of ‘em.
Jack London Revue, 529 SW 4th. Friday, May 17, 9:00 pm. $20.00 Ticketweb.com. 21 & over.