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The Mint
The Mint
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles,CA 90035
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In it's infancy, The Mint was the first club in Hollywood to offer blues, and R&B seven nights a week. As a result, L.A. was soon to experience a wave in live music it hadn't seen for a very long time. Blues clubs were popping up all over Hollywood, including B.B. King's and House of Blues (which recruited some of The Mint's house bands)and the musicians that initially started The Mint were now part of "the circuit". As blues music became over-saturated, The Mint reinvented itself, and became a place for emerging artists, which gained the attention of the recording industry, becoming an "A&R haven". Along with roots music (Blues, R&B, and Jazz), The Mint was now delivering a cool eclectic mix of music, breaking bands such as Ben Harper (Virgin), The Wallflowers (Interscope), Tonic (EMI), Jeff Buckley, Macy Gray, G. Love & Special Sauce, among a host of many more. Several live shows were recorded at The Mint during this time. Two shows in particular grabbed the attention of NARAS, and earned a Grammy nomination (Jimmy Witherespoon featuring Robben Ford - Live at The Mint) in 1994 and a Grammy winner for best contemporary blues in 2000 (Taj Mahal's "Shouting in Key"). Jed Ojeda left The Mint in the late '90's to work A&R at a record label. In late 2003, due to various circumstances, The Mint closed it's doors. Fortunately in 2004, Todd Christiansen, owner of "14 Below" in Santa Monica came to the rescue and bought The Mint. Todd, along with his partner Tim Sheehan, decided they needed to restore the "Good Ol' Mint" to it's majesty and grandeur that defined the club. The club underwent a complete face lift, including refurbishing the sound system, kitchen, and dining/lounge area. Now great music is not the only reason to come to The Mint.
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