The band is still fired up after a crushing tour on the east coast from Florida up to Rhode Island. Thanks to everyone who came to the shows, promoted like hell, listened sang and danced along, bought CDs and t-shirts and just said hello! We couldn’t do it without y’all. Keep supporting live music!
Can’t wait to play in my favorite city in the world, NEW ORLEANS this Friday! Followed by a fun festival in Alabama and a trip to SPAIN. What?! Still blows my mind. Check out the schedule for June, tell your friends, and let’s party!
May 31 – Chickie Wah Wah – New Orleans, LA
June 1 – Bob Sykes BBQ & Blues Festival – Bessmer, AL
June 2 – Capitol Oyster Bar- Montgomery, AL
June 5 – Screamin’ Festival – Calella, Spain
June 6 – Screamin’ Festival – Calella, Spain
June 7 – Screamin’ Festival – Calella, Spain
June 8 – Screamin’ Festival – Calella, Spain
June 14 – TBA
June 15 – 2013 VA Blues and Jazz Festival – Hot Springs, VA
June 22 – Midsummer Jamboree – Ellivuori, Finland
June 26 – Rocket Room – Stockholm, Sweden
June 27 – Göteborg – Liseberg, Sweden
June 28 – Vetlanda – Victoriakällaren, Sweden
June 29 – Hultsfred Hayride – Hultsfred, Sweden
By Alison Fensterstock, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Hailing from Durham, N.C., by way of St. Louis, Mo., singer Nikki Hill, she’s said, was musically raised in the church – singing in a gospel choir until a teenage punk-rock phase led her to put aside praise music in favor of hardcore and hair dye. It wasn’t long, though, before she found her way back to the roots of rock ‘n’ roll, which, of course, provide the jumping-off point for all adolescent musical daring to follow, anyway.
In a recent interview with the Chicago Tribune, in fact, Hill cited fellow church-honed talent Little Richard as a major influence – and what’s more rebellious than his joyous, unhinged holler?
Hill’s style as a singer takes more than a page from Mr. Penniman’s book, with a saucy, soulful shout that’s ragged and nasty at the edges. Husband Matt Hill provides switchblade-sharp guitar licks at the helm of her deep-in-the-garage three-piece band for a live set that comprises raw roots originals as well as covers of the greats: Irma Thomas, Otis Redding, and, of course, Little Richard.
Hill, who plays her first New Orleans gig at Chickie Wah Wah Friday, is still a diamond in the rough; considering the recent success of comparable artists (the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, for example) she’ll soon be mined.
Nikki Hill plays Chickie Wah Wah (2828 Canal St.) 9 p.m. Friday, May 31