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Blues/soul rockers Dwight & Nicole play free show at Opera House in Jim Thorpe on June 29

Blues/soul rockers Dwight & Nicole play free show at Opera House in Jim Thorpe on June 29
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From a press release:

Dwight & Nicole, an acclaimed three-piece original blues/soul rock band from Burlington, Vermont, will play a free concert at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m.

To comply with local ordinances, patrons need a ticket, which can be ordered on the Opera House website, by calling 570-325-0249, and by visiting SoundCheck Records (23 Broadway, Jim Thorpe) or calling them at 570-325-4009. The Opera House (14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe) is open from noon-5 p.m. on show days, and tickets will be available at the door. Parking is available and free after 5 p.m. at the Carbon County lot behind the train station.

Fronted by Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson, both well-known on the East Coast for their powerful voices and songwriting, Dwight & Nicole have toured up and down the Northeast, growing a fiercely loyal fan base and self releasing two award-winning albums through crowdfunding. The Boston Globe calls them “a tour de force that demands much wider success” and describes their sound as “poignant, hard-driving, and heavenly.”

They both trade off singing leads; he also plays masterful electric guitar, and she plays melodic electric bass. All the while, they layer in effortless harmonies and shouts that blend together supernaturally. The recent addition of powerhouse drummer Ezra Oklan to the band introduces the perfect underlying rhythm. The results are stunning.

Dwight & Nicole finished recording their anticipated new album, “Electric Lights,” this spring with multi-Grammy Award-nominated producer Joel Hamilton (Aaron Neville, The Meters, The Black Keys) at Studio G in Brooklyn, New York. Their first single, a shimmering soul rock anthem called “Wait,” drops in June, followed by the full album in the fall.

They often find themselves in great company, having shared the stage with some of the all-time best: Mavis Staples, Dr. John, Etta James, Dave Brubeck, B.B. King, and more. But the truth is, once you hear Dwight & Nicole or see them live, you know that they are unlike any other group you’ve ever heard.

“Take R&B, soul, blues and jazz, mix in razor-sharp rock guitar (Dwight), a soulful, joyful, foot-stomping, happy-to-be-alive stage energy (Nicole), heat to boiling, and watch your face melt. That’s Dwight & Nicole,” Relix Magazine wrote.