Date: May 14, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
- $5 cash at the door.
- Doors open at 6 p.m.
- Limited to the first 150 people.
- No advance tickets are sold for this event.
About Backstage Pass
The Backstage Pass series was launched in October 2018 to provide a different type of intimate performances to attract new audiences to the theater. The second Thursday each month, this event features an up-and-coming band that plays on the Weill Center stage, with their backs to the auditorium. Why? Because the audience is “backstage!” Guests get an all-access pass to hang out backstage with the band, complete with bar access, appetizers for purchase, and seating – and room to dance! Tables and seating are limited and available on a first-come, first serve basis.
On the face of it, the songs of Nickel&Rose could be seen as a blend of folk and Americana, but that doesn’t come close to describing their sound. Their music is the bridge upon which their many and varied influences meet. Just as Carl Nichols and Johanna Rose’s harmonies entwine their distinctive voices, the duo’s music is similarly a melting-pot of unique styles.
Growing up in segregated Milwaukee, Carl was raised in the city’s north side on a diet of gospel music and the sounds of Senegal, Mali and Guinea whereas Johanna was born in the east side, before spending her youth in punk basement shows in the Riverwest neighbourhood. A list of the artists that inspire them ranges from Taj Mahal to Django Reinhardt, from Ali Farka Touré to Lucinda Williams. Throw in other ingredients such as the works of Aldous Huxley and the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky and you start to get a sense of Nickel & Rose.
The follow-up to last year’s Oh Sweet Love EP, Americana is their most personal release to date. Though recorded in two recording studios over the course of six months, the songs originally came together in their attic home, which doubles up as a practice and recording space. It was while writing this music that they began to question whether or not they belong in the genre they love.
What can’t be questioned though is their passion for roots music, their ability to bring all of their influences together in one intoxicating brew and the timeless quality of the songs they make together. They’ll leave the classifications up to you.
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