Johnny Nicholas Band

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Music / Singing - Performance

Date & Time: Friday, March 2, 2018
8:00 PM-11:00 PM

Suggested Audiences: College, Adult
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Bull Run Restaurant
Sawtelle Room
215 Great Rd
Shirley, MA 01464
Cost: $18 advance; $22 day of show.
Description: Make no mistake: Johnny Nicholas knows from the blues. His credentials? Impeccable. Conviction? Immeasurable. And chops? If an instruments got strings, keys or reeds he can play the hell out of it. Hes also a consummate songwriter and a great singer blessed with a warm, toasty growl of a voice that can roll from rumble to croon and back again with seductive ease.

Marcia Ball calls Nicholas an extremely engaging innovative traditionalist who writes instant classics and sings them to break your heart and rock your soul. But the key word there is innovative, because as deep as his roots go - and were talking about a cat who learned firsthand from the likes of Robert Lockwood Jr., Howlin Wolf, Big Walter Horton and Johnny Shines (to name but a few of the legends he studied under early in his five-decade career) - Nicholas does not paint in one color.

As befits a soul whos spent a lifetime soaking up the flavor of such vibrant music scenes as Ann Arbor, Chicago, South Louisiana and Texas (which hes called home now for nearly 40 years), his music is full-spectrum Americana - a rich gumbo of not just blues, but cajun, swing, folk, and barrelhouse rock n roll.

As an artist and performer he can mesmerize a listening room crowd or bring a festival crowd to their feet with his rollicking boogie woogie piano and his stellar band. For proof, just take a listen to Nicholas most satisfyingly eclectic collection of original American roots music yet, 2016s Fresh Air, which finds him drawing on all of the above and deep into his soul for words of wit, wisdom, and heart. As the esteemed writer Bill Bentley puts it best, Hes someone who cares about being real, and the hell with everything else ... .

Johnny learned from some of the same guys I did and he sings and plays the real down home blues!  BB King, 1976

The Bull Run is a full-service, farm-to-table restaurant in a pre-revolutionary tavern, located about 35 miles NW of Boston, with plenty of free parking and rustic, old-world charm.
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Phone: 978-425-4311
Entered by: Bull Run Restaurant

Created: February 17, 2018 at 1:44 PM

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