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Friday, September 30, 6:00 pm

Friday, September 30, 6:00 pm

Location:
Railroad St.
St. Johnsbury, VT

Admission: Free!

Catamount Arts, Discover St. Johnsbury, and the Town of St. Johnsbury have one last St. J Final Friday event planned for you. Join us from 4pm-6pm for the St. J Art on the Street Gallery Stroll, featuring art exhibitions and activities at a dozen locations around town. Businesses will also stay open late and host activities. The Kingdom Taproom beer garden will open at 5:30pm. At 6:00pm, come to Railroad Street to enjoy a Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series concert Featuring Dwight and Nicole, presented by Clemmons Family Farm in partnership with Catamount Arts.The series aims to engage audiences with stellar performances that celebrate and teach the Black Experience with positive and uplifting messages from the Black artist community.

American indie-soul band Dwight & Nicole was founded by singer/songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson. The pair met in Boston, Massachusetts when they were just out of school, cutting their teeth on the local club circuit. They each began fronting popular bands in the area, and discovered a shared obsession of soul & blues greats like the Staples Singers, Albert King, Lighting Hopkins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Roberta Flack & Etta James. They started singing together often, and developed a close friendship that grew romantic over time. Eventually, they formed Dwight & Nicole, which was, in the beginning, a duo group. They began touring regionally- gaining a loyal following while developing their sound. After a move to Burlington VT, they met powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan (Nicole Atkins, Elle King) and the group quickly became a trio. They’ve since toured up and down the east coast together; writing songs, and gaining plenty of industry respect. They have been nominated for nine Boston Music Awards; seven Boston Phoenix Awards; eight Daysie Awards, and ten New England Music Awards.

Their 2018 EP, Electric Lights, was recorded live to analog tape with multi-Grammy nominated producer Joel Hamilton (Aaron Neville, The Meters, The Black Keys) at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY. Hamilton has undoubtedly captured their sound and live energy. He also brings out their experimental side on Electric Lights. The EP has introduced the band to a new wave of fans as well as opportunities including their first major label distribution deal through Orchard / Sony Music. The year wrapped up with another Independent Music Award nomination, and the Electric Lights EP landing on several ‘Best of the Year’ lists.

Fall of 2019 found them back in the studio with Hamilton, recording their follow up as a power trio. The new album was set to be released in April of 2020, but the worldwide shutdowns & cancelled tours hit pause on the release of the new music. D&N took the time off the road to become more active in their local community, hosting fundraisers, streaming concerts, and Nicole began offering online sound healing sessions. As 2021 brings waves of industry re-opening, the band has been booking shows and releasing new music. As the stages have gotten bigger the band has grown to feature horns, keys and backup singers. Keep an eye out for the release of their new single “Time” and find them on socials @dwightandnicole

“Give “Wait” a spin and, for at least three minutes and fifty seconds, all will be right with the world” – Dan Bolles, Seven Days (review of the single “Wait”)

“Notes of R&B and hip-hop with a smoothness that feels like cruising through the city on a summer night. The band layers on funky elements on guitar and organ, culminating in a mix of vocal harmonies and rich instrumentals that leave you feeling enchanted.” – Glide Magazine (review of the new single “Time)

“Take R&B, soul, blues and jazz, mix in razor-sharp rock guitar… heat to boiling, and watch your face melt. That’s Dwight & Nicole.” – Relix Magazine (live show review)

“Dwight & Nicole are a tour-de-force that demand much wider success. Poignant, hard driving… and heavenly” ~ Steve Morse, Boston Globe (feature story)

The Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series is curated by Clemmons Family Farm, a leading Black-led nonprofit arts and culture organization in Vermont. Clemmons Family Farm supports a network of over 250 artists of African descent and is among the 2% of applicants to receive a prestigious National Creative Placemaking Grant from ArtPlace America. The organization is grounded in the 60-year-old legacy of Jack and Lydia Clemmons, co-owners of the 148-acre Clemmons Farm in Charlotte, in building community in Vermont around African-American and African diaspora arts and culture.

Clemmons Family Farm is partnering with Catamount Arts to promote greater racial equity in Vermont’s creative economy, collaborating to offer audiences increased access to members of Vermont’s African-American and African Diaspora Artists Network (VAAADAN). In addition to strengthening community through programming and education about African-American and African diaspora histories and culture, the collaboration will showcase the work of Vermont artists of African descent and model how Black-led and white-led arts and culture institutions can leverage their respective resources for the benefit of all patrons.

For more information about the Facing the Sunrise Black Performing Arts Series or Clemmons Family Farm arts and education programming, visit http://www.clemmonsfamilyfarm.org/.