Hey y'all, we've just been nominated for BAND OF THE YEAR by the New England Music Awards! Voting is live online now! Check it out and cast your vote for all of your favorites.
We are also psyched to announce our 2016 tour dates ~ new music + our new lineup ~ all coming to a city or town near you! :)
Hey guys, it's Nicole.
In 2015, I was given new life through live music over and over again.
Thanks to all of you who feel me on this ~ we get together, set an intention to uplift, let the music fill us up up & UP ~ and repeat as necessary. :-)
Those were all such empowering moments, and I promise we'll have a few more to share before the year's end:
DEC 19 — HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM, Burlington VT
We are thrilled to be among the stellar lineup for the Marigold Holiday Express: reinterpreting the music from George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. George in his afterlife, still reminds us about the unique power of music to unite people around the actual spirit of giving. Our beautiful friend Bob Wagner has put this concert together to do the same. The lineup includes Kat Wright, The Dupont Brothers, Seth Yacovone, Hillary McCabe and the Indian Classical Group Bada Raga opening the evening. Proceeds benefit the Maher Ashram - an interfaith Indian organization (with close ties to VT) which runs 37 centers - including crucial safe-homes for women, children and the disabled.
DEC 31 — NYE GALA at REGATTABAR, Cambridge MA
Brings things full circle. Dwight & I first met & cut our teeth as musicians all around the Boston music scene. NYE at the Regattabar has become a real tradition that we look SO forward to every year. There is NO BETTER WAY to welcome in an abundant, joy-filled new year, than by raising the roof right off of the one we all just lived through. Seating is limited, and last year we had to turn people away (that I love! and I'm still sorry!) at the door. Please order tickets for this one ahead of time.
Love to you,
11.21 | 7:30pm | Barre, VT @ The Flying Stage TIX
12.31 | 9:30pm | Cambridge, MA @ Regattabar TIX New Year's Eve!
Vermont recording artists Dwight & Nicole and The DuPont Brothers have announced an early Fall tour beginning on Oct 1 at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA. The final stop will be at Vermont's Vergennes Opera House on Oct 17th. Tickets for all shows are on sale now.
Accomplished multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Dwight Ritcher along with BMA Female Vocalist of the Year Nicole Nelson make up the acclaimed American indie-soul act Dwight & Nicole.
Their latest single “I Need Love” was named one of the top songs of the year the Boston Herald. And Nelson, who was a standout finalist on NBC popular TV show The Voice, wowed critics as well as the public with her haunting version of Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah&6dquo; — a nationwide hit at #24 on the iTunes pop charts.
Another VT based duo The DuPont Brothers latest release, the harmony laden "Heavy as Lead" has put them on the map in the American folk music scene. Zack & Sam DuPont grew up in a musical household and developed their talents early on. Since the formation of The DuPont Brothers in 2013, they have been touring heavily; developing their material and growing a loyal following. Don't miss this up-and-coming act live.
So far, this has been a real summer. Thanks again to everyone at the Regattabar, Phil DaRosa of Martha's Vineyard Sound, Jonathan's in Ogunquit, ME, everyone who came out for Nicole's birthday at Atwood’s and to all of our incredible fans. THANK YOU! We love you so much, and we know how lucky we are.
The summer rolls on and we've got lots more music to share with you. We are thrilled to return to Nashua, NH for a night at Riverwalk Cafe this Sat, August 15th! You can grab your tickets here.
Also, Dwight's Organ Trio will commence their annual takeover of one of the best listening rooms around, Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA. Thur, Aug 20 and Fri, Aug 21. Dwight, Jeremy Parker (organ) and Benny Benson (drums) will close out each night and exciting special guest artists will start things out right. Nicole will join with her newest project, Runaway Church, on Friday and the wonderful VT soul singer, Kat Wright, will kick things off on Thursday. Finally, Dwight and Nicole have something special in store for Saturday evening under the moniker, Mercury Mine. These shows have sold out in the past so get your tickets as soon if you can.
It's been great playing all of our newest music live for you guys. Right now we are proud to be making the best music of our lives. Stay tuned for some big announcements, including a tour to new cities in October.
We are so psyched about all of the hometown love happening this weekend !! Tomorrow night, we set up shop for two back to back nights of live music and debauchery at the Good Times Cafe in Hinesburg. (Seating is very limited, and the last two shows we did here totally sold out, so please be sure to call ahead and reserve a table.)
On Saturday night, we join seriously talented blues man Bob Stannard (+ friends) for a night raising the roof, funds, and awareness for the Vermont Arts Council at the Black Box Theater in Burlington. This will be an unforgettable night celebrating 50 years of the VAC!! Don't miss it!
Exciting News: Nicole is about to be sworn in to serve a three-year term as a trustee on the board of the Vermont Arts Council!! We are psyched to properly celebrate this honor on Saturday night!
The Shine On PledgeMusic campaign was a beautiful and life changing success, thanks to you. Making records this way is like a blessing on top of a blessing inside of another blessing. And as it turns out, creating the art for the care packages you ordered has been every bit as rewarding, challenging and joyous as making the actual album! Thank you so much for your patience as we continue to get them all out to you.
Between touring this summer, we hunkered down here at home in VT to write custom songs & poems, create jewelry and even paintings for so many of you who saw in us creative potential that we didn't even know was there until now. The result is that we are finding ourselves happier, healthier and more inspired than ever. Once we are finished with every last pledge fulfillment, we will be headed back into the studio with a powerful new perspective and a whole new sound! Stay tuned for word on that.
The vinyl has taken longer than we had anticipated as we had to switch some things up mid-stream, which ate up quite a lot of time. One great thing is that we learned a lot, and future products will be of a higher quality in the end! So — fingers crossed — we're looking at a delivery time around the holidays. We are beyond psyched about that!
What an honor! We are in the company of so many of our personal favorite artists around today... and we voted for them all!!
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.