Boston Stands with the ACLU ft. Jesse Dee

Boston Stands with the ACLU ft. Jesse Dee

Giant Kings, Dwight & Nicole, The Revelations

Sun, November 19, 2017

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Sinclair

Cambridge, MA


This event is 18 and over

The Sinclair is general admission standing room only. Tickets available at AXS.COM, or by phone at 855-482-2090. No service charge on tickets purchased in person at The Sinclair Box office Wednesdays-Saturdays 12-7PM.

Ticket proceeds will be going to ACLU

Jesse Dee
Jesse Dee
“Tough-but-tender soul and rollicking, rootsy R&B...infectious, revival-meeting furor” –Boston Globe

Boston’s Jesse Dee is a singing, songwriting, guitar-playing soul man—a modern day trailblazer inspired by the old school. Dee’s passion is exploring and updating soul music for contemporary audiences. With his warm and honest sound, his instantly memorable melodies and positive, slice-of-life lyrics (evoking the heyday of the Brill Building songwriters), he accomplishes just that. His inventive, hook-filled songs are delivered with buoyant, youthful exuberance. Live, he always brings down the house, and keeps his ever-growing fan base coming back for more. His band lays down driving, infectious grooves while Dee’s expressive vocals put him in a class by himself. On the strength of his fervent live shows, Dee plays to packed clubs in New England and has toured across Europe, earning new fans at every gig. The Boston Herald declares, “Dee has an explosive voice. He possesses a powerful, raspy tenor and an uncanny phrasing ability that can’t be taught.”

Dee won the 2010 Boston Phoenix Music Poll Award for Best R&B Act, both for the strength of his live show and the aftershocks of his 2008 debut CD, Bittersweet Batch (7Not Records/Munich Records). With his new album, On My Mind / In My Heart (AL 4952), his first for Alligator Records, Dee is now poised to break into the minds and hearts of music lovers across the country and around the world. The album, eleven original songs produced by Dee and Jack Younger, is a sweet soul masterpiece full of good vibes and funky, joyful music. Like Sam Cooke, Dee writes about real life with true emotional poetry. His lyrics are set to toe-tapping melodies with horn charts channeling The Memphis Horns and 1970s-era Van Morrison.

Much like an artist painting on canvas (another of his talents), Dee crafts his songs in layers, oftentimes starting with a melody and lyrics, then carefully adding guitar riffs, horn blasts, vocal inflections, or any number of other colors from his musical palette. He fills his songs with a wide variety of textures, allowing listeners to visualize the images he paints with his words. “I’m a music fan first,” Dee says, “so it’s important to me to seek out and create with original ideas. That’s why songwriting is so important, and why I mean every word I write and sing.”

Born in 1980 in Boston, MA, Dee grew up in nearby Arlington. He got his first taste of soul music from local oldies radio station WODS when he was eight years old. As a child, he was drawn to the sounds of The Drifters, The Shirelles, Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke and other doo wop, Motown and R&B greats. He always loved singing, and would often record made-up tunes into his tape recorder. He sang in school theatre productions and church choir, and was writing songs by his mid-teens. Dee began fronting a band soon after, but didn’t pick up his first guitar until he was 18. With help from his musically inclined father and The Bob Dylan Six-Chord Songbook, he taught himself the instrument well enough to start performing as a solo artist a year later. During this period, Jesse immersed himself in the music of Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Solomon Burke, Etta James, James Brown and all the deep soul masters, listening, learning, writing and continuing to hone his craft by playing live every chance he could get.

Dee attended Massachusetts College Of Art And Design, studying illustration, performance, production, mixed-media and composition. He sang with the ten-piece soul ensemble Decifunk, and toured up and down the East Coast. In the early 2000’s he even lent his voice to rock ‘n’ roll band The Dirty Whites before starting his own group. He released his first album, Bittersweet Batch, in 2008, and heads immediately began turning. The New York Daily News awarded the CD a rare four-star review, saying, “I am blown away by what’s coming out of my speakers…remarkable…there isn’t a bad song to be found…upbeat and soulful.”

The success of the CD allowed Dee and his band to travel beyond Boston, making new converts in Washington, DC, New York, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Chicago. He first toured the Netherlands, the UK and Italy in 2009 before heading back again the following two years, this time adding Ireland, Belgium, Germany, France and Spain to his itinerary. Dee has opened for soul greats Al Green, Solomon Burke, Etta James, Bettye LaVette, and blues rockers Los Lobos and the J. Geils Band, and has shared stages many times with fellow soul singer James Hunter.

With his new relationship with Alligator Records, Dee is ready to set the world on fire. He will tour widely, bringing his modern, fun and timeless music to clubs, concert halls and festivals all over the world. Dee is proud of the songs on On My Mind / In My Heart, saying the music is a perfect representation of where he is as an artist. “Soul music is capable of touching the greatest and most diverse group of people,” Dee says. “All the best soul music is based on shared experience. Songs have the ability to affect people, shine a light, lift them up, and push them forward. There’s hope in these songs,” he continues, “and people need that now more than ever.”
Dwight & Nicole
Dwight & Nicole
American recording artists Dwight & Nicole (Dwight Ritcher and Nicole Nelson) have inspired comparisons to some of the greats — Etta James & John Lee Hooker, The Rolling Stones & The Staple Singers — but it is their fresh blend of spirited blues, rock, and gospel that is landing them their own spot among the celebrated music makers. In 2010, following their critically acclaimed independent release !Signs, they appeared on the Boston Globe's annual "25 Most Stylish" list, and have been nominated for 6 Boston Music Awards and 4 Boston Phoenix awards.

In 2012 Nicole appeared on NBC The Voice; wowing all four coaches and winning the hearts of millions with her heartfelt rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," which rose to #26 on the iTunes Pop charts. 2012 came to an exhilarating close with a BMA win for "Female Vocalist of The Year."

Dwight & Nicole's growing fanbase is sure to fall in love with their upcoming album Shine On, which is altogether intriguing and full of heart. The album displays the perspectives of two artists who are both playing at the top of their game, resulting in a powerful merging of voices and one very rich sound. Shine On will be released in the Fall of 2013 and will be their first major release; heavily funded by their devoted fans via music-oriented crowd-sourcing site PledgeMusic.

Dwight & Nicole have traveled the world and performed for countless sold-out crowds in clubs and festivals alike, including Tanglewood, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Life is good Festival, and venues such as the Somerville Theatre in Boston, MA, The Tennessee Theater in Knoxville TN, and the world famous Blue Note in NYC. Their music has appeared on shows such as "Nikita" on CW, "The Forgotten" on ABC, "Missing" on Lifetime, and "The Cleaner" on A&E. And they appeared as themselves in the documentary film "Where's The Music At."

This dynamic duo has shared the stage with a growing number groundbreaking artists including Ray Lamontagne, Los Lobos, Robert Randolph, Martin Sexton, Rapheal Saadiq, Levon Helm, The Avett Brothers, Michael Franti and Spearhead, BB King, Norah Jones, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, Dr. Maya Angelou, Natalie Cole, Winton Marsalis, Carly Simon, The Funk Brothers, Maceo Parker, Joan Osbourne, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Buffet, Yo Gabba Gabba, Biz Markie, John Hammond Jr, Little Richard, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
The Revelations
The Revelations
The Revelations represent the raw essence of classic soul, funk and blues with a sharp modern edge...
Venue Information:
The Sinclair
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138