John Nemeth Band
Thursday, July 28th, 2011
7:30 and 9:30 P.M., $25
ONLINE: John Nemeth Band Online
Recommended if you like: James Hunter, Eli “Paperboy” Reed, and Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
John Nemeth’s return shows are by far our most anticipated shows of the year.No one won over the crowd like he and his band did last year. Not even close. That may seem like high praise for the San Francisco blues harp player, but if you dig into his press kit, you’ll see quickly that we aren’t the only one ready to heap praise. Blues Revue Magazine’s Bob Margolin goes one step further, saying “I remember telling friends up North in ’80 that they should go see Stevie Ray Vaughan, but they weren’t impressed because he wasn’t famous yet. It will give me great pleasure to say, ‘I told you so!’ in the same way about John Németh. You’ll see.”
So who is John Nemeth? It seems like a fair question, given that critics are so high on him, but he remains a relative unknown to all but the most “in the know” blues fans. Németh is a rising blues star; a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker, and a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity. His decade long career has found him opening for Robert Cray, Keb Mo’, and Earl Thomas. After seeing him open for Cray, the Washington Blues Society’s Bob Horn said, “Either John Németh is one of the greatest vocalists in the world or this was the best performance of his life, or both.”
After nearly two years of having our blues regulars beg us to get him here, and we were finally able to land him in 2010. We had so many people ask for him that expectations were through the roof, but man did he deliver. Both of Nemeth’s shows, featuring a sound comparable to other retro blues and soul acts like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and James Hunter, earned standing ovations. Featuring Nemeth’s powerful blue-eyed soul vocals and harmonica gymnastics, the show left the audiences demanding a return date. They get their wish Thursday. This is just going to be one of those special nights. One of those perfect nights where you get to see somebody good enough to break in a really small club. It’s the reason why people come to places like NightCat.
Friday, July 29th, 2011
8 P.M., $15
ONLINE: Adrienne Hindmarsh Online
Singer and jazz organist Adrienne Hindmarsh is a truly unique talent on today’s music scene. With today’s musicians learning jazz within the classroom, it has become an exception rather than the rule for a musician develop and learn “on the road”, playing clubs and festivals and touring.
Now based in New York, where she actively performs throughout the city, Adrienne continues to thrive with her originality and talent. She has CD’s released on HMV in Japan and on Ode Records in New Zealand, and her latest CD release “Blues Skies” is set to be a runaway success.
Adrienne has shared the stage with Joey Defrancesco, Ronnie Cuber, Bruce Forman, Victor Jones, Tony Monaco, and and headlined at jazz clubs including Cliff Bells (Detroit), The Blue Wisp (Cincinnati) and Jazz Central (Dayton Ohio), and performed in New York clubs including Minton’s, The Garage and the Iridium (as a special guest with Joey Defrancesco).
Writers in the Round
featuring Dave Majerowicz, Greg Whipp, Tony Denikos
Saturday, July 30th, 2011
8:00 P.M., $10
ONLINE: Dave Majerowicz Online
ONLINE: Tony Denikos Online
A very special “writers in the round” show featuirng three of the region’s finest songwriters. Dave Majerowicz won the 1st Annual Night Acoustic Slam Competition and, along with Whipp, is a member of the popular Annapolis-based group Pilgrim and Trout.
Denikos creates a roots rock’n, country blues’n, power folk’n, Americana musical experience. (Think CCR meets John Prine meets Springsteen) His recent CD, Already Gone, reached #2 on the EuroAmericana Chart and #8 on the Freeform American Roots Chart.
This is going to be an incredible evening of music.
Austin Ellis, Jess Bishoff and Alec Gaston
Sunday, July 31st, 2011
7 P.M., $12
Recommended if you like:John Mayer, Aimee Mann, Ben Folds
An evening featuring three intriguing up and coming singer-songwriters.
With the songwriting sensibility of John Mayer and the soulful style of John Legend, Austin Ellis compels audiences with warmth and honesty. Finalist in the 2010 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest and 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, Ellis demonstrates control and musicianship while delivering his handcrafted songs.
Easton’s own Jess Bishoff has floored audiences as an opening act at NightCat, opening for the likes of Jim Bianco. Her vocal and piano pop sound is reminiscent of Aimee Mann or Tori Amos.
Chicago’s Alec Gaston attended the prestigious Grammy Camp in 2010 and is currently studying at the famed Berklee School of Music.
For Tickets, call 410-690-4544, or go online to www.nightcattickets.com