Dwight & Nicole return for their 6th New Year's Eve extravaganza at the Regattabar
Dwight & Nicole New Year's Eve Celebration, joined by Milt Reder (guitar), Greg Paraskos (bass), Yahuba Garcia-Torres (percussion), Hillary McCabe (violin). Thursday, December 31, 2015 in Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA.
Back by popular demand, powerful indie-soul recording artists Dwight & Nicole -- fronted by multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Dwight Ritcher and Boston Music Awards "Female Vocalist of the Year" Nicole Nelson --return for a 6th year of ringing in the New Year at the Regattabar. Their performances have inspired comparisons to some of the greats -- Etta James and John Lee Hooker, Mavis Staples and BB King -- but it’s their fresh blend of spirited blues, rock and gospel that is propelling them to make their own mark on the music world.
After experiencing one of their powerful performances, Dr. Maya Angelou had this to say about the duo: "Magnificent!"
Dwight & Nicole'srousingband for the 2015 New Year's Eve gala will include Milt Reder (guitar, backing vocals), Greg Paraskos (bass), Yahuba Garcia-Torres (percussion, backing vocals), and Hillary McCabe (violin, backing vocals).
"Take R&B, soul, blues, and jazz, mix in
razor-sharp rock guitar (Dwight)
and a soulful, joyous, foot stomping,
heat to boiling, and watch your face melt.
That's Dwight & Nicole."
Further background information on Dwight & Nicole:
Dwight & Nicole, an American roots band formed by recording artists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson, delivers an inspiring mash-up of folk, blues, pop, jazz, gospel and reggae. Essentially, they don’t like to be categorized. Their music is "inspired by our love together and trying to look at the world's bright side,” says Dwight. “It's not about the bright lights/big-city lights. It’s about the inner light,” adds Nicole. Or as producer Milt Reder says, “There's a spirituality to it without it being heavy-handed. It has a lot to do with the way their relationship is.”
Their single "I Need Love" was named one of the Top Songs of the Year by the Boston Herald. Nicole, who was a standout finalist on NBC's hit TV show "The Voice," has received major accolades for her stirring rendition of Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah”
Their album "Shine On," recorded at Milt Reder’s Rear Window Studio in Boston, was heavily funded by Dwight & Nicole’s devoted fans via the music-centric crowd-sourcing site, PledgeMusic.com.
The duo’s recent momentum also landed them on Boston Globe’s “25 Most Stylish of the Year” list, and found them playing major festivals such as Montreal Jazz and Life Is Good, as well as significant venues such as Fenway Park, Boston's Symphony Hall, Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble, and the Blue Note in NYC. They have shared stages with iconic artists BB King, Buddy Guy, Dave Brubeck, Dr. Maya Angelou, Mavis Staples, Ray Lamontagne, Trombone Shorty, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, The Avett Brothers, Chuck Berry, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Irma Thomas.
“Dwight & Nicole are a refreshingly honest act
that moves from R&B to silky soul,
with hints of rock, gospel, and swampy blues ...
poignant…hard driving…. and heavenly”