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Johnny Nicholas

Fri - Aug 10, 2018

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Johnny Nicholas - 7 PM 50
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| $22.00 at the door
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Make no mistake: Johnny Nicholas knows from the blues. His credentials? Impeccable. Conviction? Immeasurable. And chops? If an instrument’s got strings, keys, or reeds he can play the hell out of it. He’s also a consummate songwriter and a great singer blessed with a warm, toasty growl of a voice that can roll from rumble to croon and back again with seductive ease. 


Marcia Ball calls Nicholas “an extremely engaging innovative traditionalist” who “writes instant classics and sings them to break your heart and rock your soul.” But the key word there is “innovative,” because as deep as his roots go — and we’re talking about a cat who learned firsthand from the likes of Robert Lockwood Jr., Howlin’ Wolf, Big Walter Horton, and Johnny Shines (to name but a few of the legends he studied under early in his five-decade career) — Nicholas does not paint in one color. 


As befits a soul who’s spent a lifetime soaking up the flavor of such vibrant music scenes as Ann Arbor, Chicago, South Louisiana and Texas (which he’s called home now for nearly 40 years), his music is full-spectrum Americana — a rich gumbo of not just blues, but cajun, swing, folk, and barrelhouse rock ’n’ roll. 


As an artist and performer he can mesmerize a listening room crowd or bring a festival crowd to their feet with his rollicking boogie woogie piano and his stellar band. 


For proof, just take a listen to Nicholas’ most satisfyingly eclectic collection of original American roots music yet, 2016’s Fresh Air, which finds him drawing on all of the above and deep into his soul for words of wit, wisdom, and heart. As the esteemed writer Bill Bentley puts it best, “He’s someone who cares about being real, and the hell with everything else … .” 


TERMS OF PURCHASE

  • All sales are FINAL. Tickets may NOT BE REFUNDED or EXCHANGED for another show.
  • All tickets are will-call, which is to say that there are no physical tickets - your name will be on a list at the door.
  • Tickets are put on sale as soon as a show is confirmed.
  • Tickets are available (cash only) at McGonigel's Mucky Duck. We do NOT sell tickets over the phone.
  • At 5 pm on the day of the show, tickets will no longer be available for purchase online.
  • Any remaining tickets can be purchased at the door (cash only).
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  • Please bring your email confirmation and a valid photo ID for proof of age and ticket purchase.
  • Reserved seats are held until showtime. SEATS WILL BE RELEASED at that time (you will still have entry, but it will be general admission).
  • A NON-REFUNDABLE $5.00 per ticket service charge will be added to the purchase price of each ticket sold online - in the instance of a show cancellation the service charge will not be refunded.
  • The name in the 'Shipping Address' portion of your order will be the name your tickets are held under at the door - if you are buying tickets for someone else, indicate their name in these fields.
  • All shows are 21+. Anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by their parent.
  • Seating is arranged in the order of ticket purchase with preferred seating given to those who have purchased seated tickets and will be dining at the Duck.