Dwight & Nicole (Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson) have confirmed that they will join Norah Jones on tour with her latest musical endeavor, Puss n Boots (the trio also features Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper), including stops in Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Hamden, CT, and Cambridge, MA (see full tour schedule below). Dwight & Nicole have also just been added to the lineup of the Grand Point North festival after winning a local fan voting contest. They will take the stage in Burlington, VT on September 13th alongside Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, among others.
Says Nelson: “There is nothing like sharing the stage with talented artists who are true originals. Sasha, Norah, and Catherine have a really special thing together; their voices and influences blend to form a very distinct, beautiful sound. We got the call to join them on tour right after we heard that we landed a spot on the GPN festival—it was a pretty epic week.”
Says Ritcher: “Things have been really opening up for us, and right now, we are exactly where we want to be—working hard, having fun, and making great music with our friends.”
Dwight & Nicole self-released their latest album, Shine On, on April 22, 2014. Shine On puts some impressive talent on display: gorgeous vocals, developed songwriting skills, and masterful playing were all captured live at Boston’s Rear Window Studio.
Their performances have inspired comparisons to some of the greats — Etta James and John Lee Hooker, the Rolling Stones and the Staple Singers — but it is their own fresh blend of spirited blues, rock, and gospel that will land them a spot among the celebrated music makers. Following their critically acclaimed independent release, !Signs, the Boston Globe called them, “a tour de force.” They have garnered four Boston Phoenix award nominations, six Boston Music Award nominations and Nelson nabbed a BMA for “Female Vocalist of The Year.”
In September of 2012, Nicole appeared on NBC’s #1 hit show “The Voice,” knocking out all four coaches and winning the hearts of millions with her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” The song was a hit of its own, rising to #24 on the iTunes Pop chart, and propelling a wave of nationwide appreciation for Nelson’s home grown style.
Their music has already been featured on TV shows such as “Nikita” on CW, “The Forgotten” on ABC, “Missing” on Lifetime, and “The Cleaner” on A&E. Dwight & Nicole starred in the documentary film “Where’s The Music At?” They have performed live at countless world class venues and festivals around the world including Montreal Jazz Festival, Tanglewood, Life Is Good Festival, Symphony Hall, The Somerville Theatre, The Tennessee Theater, The Paradise, The Higher Ground, and The Blue Note in NYC.
Dwight & Nicole have shared the stage with many other great artists including BB King, Buddy Guy, Dave Brubeck, Dr. Maya Angelou, Ray Lamontagne, Los Lobos, Alison Krauss, Martin Sexton, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Dr. John, Natalie Cole, Winton Marsalis, The Avett Brothers, Raphael Saadiq, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Carly Simon, The Funk Brothers, Maceo Parker, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Buffet, Biz Markie, Little Richard, Angelique Kidjo, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Irma Thomas, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Dwight & Nicole Tour Schedule:
July 17: 9:30 Club, Washington, DC (w/Puss n Boots)
July 18: Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA (w/Puss n Boots)
July 22: The Outer Space, Hamden, CT (w/Puss n Boots)
July 24: The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA (w/Puss n Boots)
July 26: Regattabar, Cambridge, MA (2 shows, 7:30 p.m. & 10 p.m.)
August 9: Jonathan’s, Ogunquit, ME
August 21: Tin Angel, Philadelphia, PA
August 22: Rockwood Music Hall, New York, NY
August 23: The Saint, Asbury Park, NJ
September 13: Grand Point North Festival, Burlington, VT