The Santa Barbara Blues Society proudly presents

Nikki Hill

May 11, 2024 • Carrillo Recreation Center
100 E. Carrillo St., Downtown Santa Barbara
Doors Open – 7:00pm • Music Begins – 7:15pm

Nikki Hill

Courtesy of Intrepid Artists International

BMA Nominated Artist Nikki Hill is sweet seduction, sweeter threat, and smoldering energy. An original force in American music, she is tender and tough, flamboyant, witty and dangerous. Overlapping soulful, sensual, and bold vocal tones with powerful chrome-plated riffs and swagger, her voice finds a home in it – a soul singing, bar rocking, roots revivalist, that writes with frank self-reflection at a dancing tempo.

Hailing from Durham, NC, Nikki enjoyed R&B, soul, pop, and hip hop at home. In addition, she sang gospel in the church choir from childhood through her early teenage years. Gradually, Nikki developed her ears for garage rock, rock n’ roll, blues and roots, while also picking up influence from living along the legendary Mississippi River – in St. Louis, Missouri, New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently Memphis, Tennessee. A fertile mix of all the different types of music she heard gradually merged into something quite special as she found her own voice. She has recorded three albums and tours internationally, taking audiences by storm with her distinctive vocals and energetic stage performance.

Laura Chavez playing guitar with Nikki Hill

Courtesy of Laura Chavez

Nikki’s current touring band includes Matt Hill (guitar), five-time BMA nominated and 2023 BMA winner Laura Chavez (guitar), Nick Gaitan (bass), and Marty Dodson (drums). She and her band take a muscular groove — celebrating and wailing over love, transgressions, the hard times, and wild freedom — and inject it with timeless effect, giving Nikki a foundation on which to build. It’s her version of rock n’ roll that can only come from her stories. Nikki has never been afraid to take the road less traveled, and it’s clear with “Feline Roots” that she’s living every word.

Solo Show Opener: R.J. Mischo

R.J. Mischo holding a harmonica

Courtesy photo

R.J. Mischo is an award-winning, world-renown blues harmonicist, singer, songwriter, and record producer with 20 years of international touring experience. To date he has released 12 albums on a number of labels, and can also be heard on at least 25 additional CDs as a guest or on compilations with Jimmie Vaughan, James Cotton, G. Love, James Harman, Kim Wilson, Candye Kane, John Mayall and others. Mischo’s compositions, “King of a Mighty Good Time” and “Two Hours From Tulsa”, were both number one on the playlist at Sirius XM Radio. His album releases Knowledge You Can’t Get in College and Make It Good made the top 50 list of Living Blues Magazine’s albums of the year. His music has been aired on independent film scores, television commercials, and documentaries on the Discovery Channel. Mischo is endorsed by Hohner Harmonicas and has contributed to a couple of Mel Bay harmonica instruction books. In addition, he was listed in that author’s The Encyclopedia of Harmonica.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Artist Sponsor: The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts, a field of interest fund of the Santa Barbara Foundation
Media Sponsors:
Noozhawk, Santa Barbara Independent, and Voice Magazine
Show Sponsors: Brander Winery & Vineyard and Firestone Walker Brewing Company

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The Santa Barbara Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating and preserving Americas unique musical contribution to the world – the Blues. We are the oldest blues society in the United States. We present concerts every other month that feature all types of blues musicians giving them a venue to utilize their talent. The Blues Society also gives yearly scholarships to students in the Santa Barbara area so they can pursue their education in this important style of music.

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