I have never loved working on any other creative project the way that I loved filming the video for “Smile.” The end product is funny and heart-warming, and brilliantly simple. What at first appears to be a straightforward homage to the fun of technicolor days gone by, easily conveys a deeper message of the pure power of joy.
We aspire, as artists, to remind the world of our innate interconnectedness. We all carry the capacity to ignite a spark within, as well as within each other; an important thing to remember (and share) in these times of wild technological and scientific growth. We have the power to activate the most magnificent light - like an ON button - right here in our hearts. And with those hearts, Dwight and I would like to thank the rockingest cast & crew ever:
*Andy Wesby, the superhuman who directed the video, designed and made the sets and costumes, filmed all of the shots, and dreamed up the concept from scratch after listening to our album Shine On.
*Marcos Valles, singer/drummer/songwriter/guitar player/dancer/actor who brilliantly breathed hilarious, magical life into the character of Robot Boy. It is perfection! No one can touch it!
*Casey Rodgers, who beautifully played the smile-inspiring Robot Girl, not only choreographed our dance routine (she was a professional cheerleader!), but provided us with her actual lab space at Tufts University to film in (she is also a real life scientist!).
*Milt Reder, our music producer who played most excellent guitar on the “Smile” track, and who also wore his actual “Dr. Reder M.D.” lab coat to the set each day. (He is also a real life MD!)
*Danielle Miraglia, the singer/guitar slinger who graciously took time away from her busy schedule to join us for a small, but mighty roll as Milt's adorable mad-scientist dance partner.
Dwight and I feel richly blessed for the time we got to spend with this mighty cast of characters. And for all of you who are resonating with the song, the video, and the message it carries ~ Thank you so much!!!
Thanks to all of your voting and rallying on our behalf, Dwight & Nicole have just been added to the stellar lineup of the 2014 Grand Point North Festival!! We can't wait to share the stage with so many of our friends and personal favorites including Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Lake Street Dive, and Dr. John. Yup... we're psyched! You can get your tickets here.
In addition to that great news, we are happy to announce that the readers of Vermont's top indie paper, Seven Days, have just nominated us for a 2014 Daysie Award! We are honored to be listed among the finest in this beautiful state, and chosen by the people. Check us out under Best Jazz/Blues Group in the Arts & Entertainment section, and vote for all of your favorites! We really didn't think it was possible, but perhaps VT loves us as much as we love VT... pretty awesome. :)
Thanks to your voting and sharing the word about this contest – Dwight & Nicole are now in 3rd place (and just 40 votes shy of 1st) for a spot on the Grand Point North Festival here in Burlington VT! You all are THE BEST!!
If you'd like to see us get onto this festival as much as we would (and we really would) please vote today and again tomorrow before noon when voting closes.
If you feel so inclined to share this link with your friends, that would be a huge help. Every single vote counts at this point and it looks like WE CAN DO THIS!
There are many exciting things happening in our world right now, a brand spanking new website being one of them. Designed by “Trader” Dan of Village Produce who did a fantastic job executing our vision. We hope you like the new look as much as we do!
We know lots of you already have our new record (out nationally on April 22!) whether through pre-order via our PledgeMusic campaign or you picked up a copy at our Boston CD release show. Well, we are happy to inform the rest of you that Shine On is also now available exclusively on our website and of course, at our shows.
Speaking of shows, we've got a couple of CD release parties coming up. If you happen to be in either of these spots next month, we'd love if you came out to celebrate with us!
04.11 | 7:00pm | New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall TIX
04.25 | 8:30pm | Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot TIX
There's lots of exciting stuff going on right now in the world of Dwight & Nicole, one of them being this brand-spanking new website. Please take a good look around and by all means, tell us what you think. Thanks for visiting!
The brand new album, Shine On, which has an official release date scheduled for April 22nd is available NOW, exclusively from our online store!
We currently have it available on CD as well as high-quality MP3 and FLAC digital downloads.
Join Dwight & Nicole as they celebrate the highly anticipated release of their new album Shine On at their home away from home: Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2) in New York City.
It's 21+ and the show starts at 7pm. Get your tickets in advance.