North Mississippi Allstars w/ Special Guests Alvin Youngblood Hart & Rev Sekou ft. Danielle Nicole

The Prayer For Peace Tour

North Mississippi Allstars w/ Special Guests Alvin Youngblood Hart & Rev Sekou ft. Danielle Nicole

Alvin Youngblood Hart, Rev Sekou, Danielle Nicole

Fri, May 12, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA

$20 advance / $23 day of show

This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 888-929-7849. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM. Please note: box office is cash only.

North Mississippi Allstars
North Mississippi Allstars
North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their second decade with what is unquestionably the most vital album of their brilliant career. Released by Sony Legacy, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees North Mississippi Allstars continuing to think globally following 2013’s Earth-shaking WORLD BOOGIE IS COMING. That album, the band’s seventh studio recording, proved the planetary sensation its title promised, with The Guardian simply declaring it the North Mississippi Allstars’ “best yet.” Now North Mississippi Allstars weave their bred-to-the-bone musical sensibility with a potent message of positivity, inclusion, family, and hope. As ever, songs like the powerhouse title track and “You Got To Move” – the latter featuring accompaniment from Hill Country Blues guitar hero Kenny Brown and award-winning singer/bassist Danielle Nicole – pay homage to the band’s long lineage of musical heroes, celebrating the blues’ extraordinary legacy while reshaping and pushing it into contemporary relevance with fatback funk, slippery soul, and pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.

The majority of PRAYER FOR PEACE was recorded at Memphis’ famed Royal Studios with the great Boo Mitchell behind the board. The hard-touring band also recorded as they traveled the country, lighting up studios in St. Louis, Kansas City, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Austin, and of course, their legendary father Jim Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch in the Allstars’ own Hernando, MS. A number of old friends join the congregation, among them bassist Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers Band, Dead & Company), Graeme Lesh (Midnight North, The Terrapin Family Band), vocalist Sharisse Norman, bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White), and singer/fife player Shardé Thomas, daughter of Mississippi blues giant Otha Turner. Simultaneously master curators, expert revivalists and forward-thinking visionaries, the Dickinson brothers have crafted their most daringly creative and provocatively topical collection to date. PRAYER FOR PEACE stands tall as yet another milestone marking North Mississippi Allstars own unique place in the American musical tradition.
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory is a live explosion of roots rock that is a test of time in the world of music. He creates a blurred line of Blues, Roots, Country and Rock music that has been enjoyed in our culture for decades. The band bends the strings and drops the groove to a level that is only achieved with experience and true love of playing with such passion. This trio brings a very eclectic music experience that you will be telling all of your music loving fans about the next day and for years to come.

Known as a “musician’s musician,” Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Brit guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor.

In the summer of 1999 found Hart teamed up with celebrated producer Jim Dickinson to begin recording START WITH THE SOUL, a record hailed as a new-breed Southern Rock classic and one that piloted Hart’s return to the “sacred garage.” START WITH THE SOUL was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top 10 releases of 2000, as well as the BBC’s Blues Record of the Year.

In the summer of 2005, fortified in the wake of much recognition and determined to defy any stereotypes attached to his artistry, Hart released the self-produced (and personal favorite) MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER a rock guitar free-for-all, paying homage to fallen and missing rockers like Phil Lynott and Sly Stone. Hart’s songwriting, singing and electric guitar prowess are all championed on this project and showcase the versatility he continuously strives to offer his fans and profession.
In 2006, Hart collaborated with several Memphis area musicians in the Craig Brewer cult hit film “Black Snake Moan” by both serving as a guitar tutor to the film’s leading actor, Samuel L. Jackson, and recording a duet with the film’s female lead, Christina Ricci, for the film’s riveting soundtrack.

In the fall of 2006, Hart was invited to hit the road for two months with Rock-n-Roll legend Bo Diddley for what turned out to be Diddley’s final coast to coast tour.

Hart then joined fellow notable string playing colleagues Corey Harris, Don Vappie, Keb Mo and Guy Davis and contributed to the uniquely progressive 2007 OtisTaylor record RECAPTURING THE BANJO.

A personal career highlight occurred in the summer of 2008 when Hart met the late Irish guitar legend Gary Moore. Moore invited Hart, a lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, onstage to jam with himself and original Thin Lizzy drummer, Brian Downey. In the Spring of 2009 Moore requested Hart’s band as the opening act on a tour of Germany. Moore was seen offstage most every night with friends, cheering Hart’s band along during their set.

In 2010 Hart joined forces with friends Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes) and Jimbo Mathus (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tri-State Coalition) to form “The South Memphis String Band”. The fun-loving and regaling trio was quickly dubbed by the media as an “acoustic super group”. Recorded in a borrowed radio station studio while the band was on its first road trip, their debut record HOME SWEET HOME was received with rabid enthusiasm. The 2011 Blues Music Awards (The Blues Foundation) nominated the record for “Best Acoustic Album”. The group released a second album in the spring of 2012. A third record is in the making.
Rev Sekou
Rev Sekou
Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou is an author, documentary filmmaker, public intellectual, organizer, pastor and theologian. He is the Pastor for Formation and Justice at The First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain. Rev. Sekou is the former Editor-in-Chief of Spare Change News—the nation’s oldest continuous homeless street newspaper. Considered one of the foremost religious leaders of his generation, Rev. Sekou published a collection of writings, Gods, Gays, and Guns: Essays on Race, Religion, and the Future of Democracy. His forthcoming book, Riot Music: Race, Hip Hop, and the Meaning of the London Riots (Hamilton Books, 2013) is based on his exclusive interviews in the aftermath of the 2011 riots that swept the United Kingdom.

Raised in the rural Arkansas Delta, he is a third generation ordained Elder in the Church of God in Christ (Pentecostal). Rev. Sekou has served as the Special Assistant on social justice to the Bishop for the Church of God in Christ in New York. At Judson Memorial Church in New York, he served as a Senior Community Minister. He managed a food pantry, HIV-AIDS,
and a homeless feeding program as the Social Justice Minister at Middle Collegiate Church. He authored the critically acclaimed Urban Souls, which takes a refreshing approach to the spiritual crisis in America. He delves into Hip-Hop, religion, homophobia, sexism, race, and politics with organic insight. Princeton Professor of Religion Cornel West penned the preface, writing: “Rev. Sekou has the most in depth and concise analysis of youth that I have ever heard." Rev. Sekou was a fellow-in-residence at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. As an Ella Baker Fellow at New York Theological Seminary's Micah Institute, he served a chief strategist for organizing clergy for economic justice in New York City.

Rev. Sekou has given over 1000 lectures throughout the country and abroad, including Harvard Divinity School, Princeton University, University of Virginia, and the University of Paris IV- La Sorbonne, and Vanderbilt University for the African American Lectionary Conference. He has studied continental philosophy at the New School, systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary, and is currently studying religion at Harvard University. Rev Sekou is a contributing editor of The Fellowship Magazine. He was also a Freeman Fellow with the historic Fellowship of Reconciliation.

He served on Platform Committee for the National Political Hip Hop Convention, as well as Senior Adviser on Urban Public Policy for the Kucinich for President 2004 Campaign. Rev. Sekou directed a community center in the notorious Cochran Housing Project in St. Louis, MO. Rev. Sekou is a Professor of Preaching at the Seminary Consortium of Urban Pastoral Education in the Graduate Theological Urban Studies Program in Chicago, IL.

In response to the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina, Rev. Sekou moved to New Orleans for six month and founded the Interfaith Worker Justice Center for New Orleans. Rev. Sekou was the founding national coordinator for Clergy and Laity Concerned about Iraq (CALC-I). CALC-I
represented over 300 faith based institution and organization around the country working to end the war and occupation in Iraq. On September 26, 2006 CALC-I led a civil disobedience action opposing the war and occupation of Iraq at the White House. Over 370 people were arrested including sixty religious leaders.

As an "International Ambassador" for the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Rev. Sekou is a Statesman for peace and justice throughout world. He co-led an interfaith delegation to Haiti one month after the tragic earthquake. He built toilets alongside the Haitian people. Based on a Lecture he delivered in Beirut, Lebanon, his short documentary film, Exiles in the Promised Land: The Quest for Home focuses on the plights of Palestinians, Iraqi, and post-Katrina New Orleans. The film was accepted at the Amnesty International Human Rights Art Festival. Rev. Sekou was a delegate to the People's World Climate Change Conference in Bolivia. He was a delegate to the Interdependence Day Conferences in Istanbul, Turkey and Berlin, Germany. He has played a key role in civil and interfaith diplomacy negotiations with the Iranian government.

Recognizing his distinguished work as public intellectual, the Institute for Policy Studies-the nation's oldest multi-issue progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. appointed Rev. Sekou as the first Associate Fellow in Religion and Justice. Recently, Rev. Sekou received the Keeper of the Flame Award by the National Voting Rights Institute and Museum in Selma, AL.
Danielle Nicole
Danielle Nicole
A 2014 Blues Music Award winner, there's not a time in her life that singer/ bassist/ songwriter Danielle Nicole (born Danielle Nicole Schnebelen) doesn't remember loving to perform. As a child, she would sing for her family at holidays and took tap, jazz and ballet lessons for many years competing in numerous events. Danielle also took band in middle school, playing the tenor saxophone and enjoying it quite a bit. Unfortunately, she was forced to quit when the family moved to Kansas City and the new school did not offer band.

Danielle comes from generations of singers. Her grandmother, Evelyn Skinner, was a big band singer. Danielle's mother, Lisa Swedlund, taught her everything she knew while growing up and listening to all different kinds of music from the Everly Brothers to the B-52s.

It wasn't until she was 12 that Danielle took to the stage for the first time singing, Koko Taylor's "Never Trust a Man" at a Blues for Schools program that her parents were playing at Englewood Elementary. From then on, she knew music would be her passion for the rest of her life.

Danielle began singing in coffeehouses and at open mic events at age 14, jamming with her parents whenever she could at clubs that would allow minors. At 16, she began singing lead in her father's band, Little Eva and the Works – until he became too sick to play. In March of 1999, she started her own band, Fresh Brew, with Kansas City music veterans Steve Gronemeyer, Steve Hicks, Chuck Payne and Terry Roney. They performed for four years and even represented Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge.

It was during this time that Danielle and her brothers Nick and Kris began talking about a family band that would eventually become Trampled Under Foot. Not only did she and Kris have to move to Philadelphia (where Nick was living), but she would have to learn the bass guitar to keep it a family band. It took a few years of lessons and saving money before that could become reality.

After several acclaimed self-released albums, Trampled Under Foot released Badlands on July 9, 2013 on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group. Toughened by years of nonstop roadwork, Badlands revealed a musical sophistication well beyond the band's years.

Badlands debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Chart and Trampled Under Foot performed live throughout the United States and Europe in support of the album.

As Trampled Under Foot wound down after 13 years, Danielle formed her own band and now makes her Concord Records solo debut with the September, 2015 release of a New Orleans-flavored, blues-soul based album Wolf Den, featuring GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne, Galactic's co-founding drummer Stanton Moore and her regular keyboardist Mike "Shinetop, Jr." Sedovic.
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138