1039 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ, 07030
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from? Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her.
Hill and her band have been touring extensively following the independent 2015 release ‘Heavy Hearts Hard Fists’ and debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’, released in 2013. With a no-filter energy, and explosive live show, they deliver a sound that will make you believe in rock ‘n’ roll again! Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past—steers the driving guitar and a tight rhythm section to create a breath of fresh air with their fast forward approach to American roots music.
Nikki Hill’s self-titled, independently released EP in June of 2012 created a heavy and sudden international underground buzz that the band has traveled with across America and overseas to Europe and Australia. Those four tunes penned by Hill, combined with memorable live performances, have drawn a wide range of people from every avenue and musical taste to their shows. Her enthusiasm for music is simply contagious. One club advertisement will call Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”.
If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’. You have been warned.
Sounds like: Sheryl Crow meets Gov't Mule
Believes in: A woman's right to rock
Debra Devi fell in love with electric guitar when she was seven years old and heard the feedback on CCR's "Suzie Q" -- "the most haunting, weirdest, coolest thing I'd ever heard." After that, she started singing along with guitar solos on the radio.
At 15, Devi got up her nerve to ask her mother if she could get an electric guitar. Her mom was so mortified that Devi tried to ignore her unladylike desire to play electric guitar...until she finally bought a Fender Mustang and moved to NYC. There, she joined punk bands, toured all over the US and Europe, and taught herself how to play.
Devi's self-produced debut album, Get Free, has received rave reviews for its big rock sound, her soulful voice and her powerful guitar playing. "Debra Devi's compelling voice reminds us of PJ Harvey and Sheryl Crow, while her guitar playing brings to mind the incomparable Jimi Hendrix," says Metal Hammer. Guitar International raves, “It’s rare that I listen to an album more than once, but after the fifth time through Get Free I was left with only one question: How have I never heard of this artist before?”
Get Free features soulful keys from Rob Clores (The Black Crowes, Joan Osborne), powerful drumming from Bonzo Bash favorite John Hummel and a clarinet cameo from free-jazz legend Perry Robinson. The 11-song album includes two covers -- a soulful rendition of "Runaway" and a dreamy, psychedelic jam version of "The Needle and the Damage Done."
Of the latter, Guitar International says, "There are so many ways covering a song of this magnitude could’ve gone wrong for any artist, but Debra Devi hits the nail on the head with this creative, yet respectful, interpretation. This is not just Devi playing Neil Young, this is Neil Young being played through Devi, and the end result is absolutely fantastic."
Since the album's release, Devi has become a Fender Girl Rock Nation artist and the first female guitarist to record for Guitar World’s “Lick of the Day” app. JamBase describes her as “a supersonic fret-burner with a deep feel for the blues who writes hauntingly memorable songs.”
Live, Devi leads a “ferocious guitar-driven band equally adept at sprawling psychedelic jams and terse, soulful rockers," says New York Music Daily, calling her "one of the great guitarists of our time--a master of touch, tone and shading." Devi draws from a seasoned roster for her live shows, including drummer John Hummel, bassist Maxwell Feinstein and keyboardists Rob Clores and Peter Vitalone.
After helping her nephew through a life-threatening health crisis, Devi returned to the studio to produce Wild Little Girl, a five-song EP that will be released September 1, 2017. Singles and videos from the EP will be released monthly starting April 15, 2017.
Devi's love of the blues prompted her to write The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu, "one of the wittiest, bawdiest, most fascinating dictionaries ever" (Reuters). The Language of the Blues won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music. It features a foreword by Dr. John and back-cover blurbs from Bonnie Raitt, Joe Bonamassa, Hal Willner, Ministry singer Al Jourgensen, Ed Sanders, Bob Margolin and Jimmy Vivino.
Devi has given her popular "Language of the Blues" talk at A. Schwab in Memphis, Jersey City Theater Center, Luna Stage in South Orange NJ and other venues. She has been interviewed about blues lingo in the films America's Blues and Mr. Handy's Blues, and by USA Today, NPR All Things Considered and BluesMobile.
A Jivamukti yoga practitioner, Devi's favorite mantra is lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu, "may all beings everywhere be happy and free."
Tickets will also be available at the door for $20 if space permits, however, advanced purchase is recommended as this show has a HIGH sell out risk.