New Orleanian Stephanie Nilles returns to Guelph for one show April 4th. Described by Rolling Stone as “Ella Fitzgerald beating the shit out of Regina Spektor” her music will move you, make you laugh, jolt you with virtuosity and generally give you hope. No lie. brought to you by Dollartone and Guelph Roots.
Suggested door $10 and/or by donation.
Chicago born jazz/punk/barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles has been doin’ Kesey proud one bar at a time since 2008, hustling around the United States, Europe, and Canada (except for 2009-2010 for legal reasons), averaging 150 gigs a year, and captivating unsuspecting listeners with a voice that would make Jelly Roll Morton look orthodox and Ma Rainey look sober.
Having studied piano and cello since the age of six, she was a finalist at the Young Concert Artists’ International Competitions, a gold medalist at the Fischoff Competition, and has perfromed on NPR on three separate occasions by the age of seventeen. At Twenty-two, she had graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a degree in classical piano performance and temporarily relocated to New York City, where she began writing songs and performed on a regular basis on the east village anti-folk scene.
She has since sung with Bobby McFerrin in Carnegie Hall, directed the musical program of a Brooklyn burlesque series, covered Busta Rhymes, “Break Ya Neck” in the skeletal remains of a bombed out cathedral in Nuremberg, been invited to perform official showcases at SXSW and international Folk Alliance, and self released 4 full lengths albums, two of which were picked up for European release by German roots/blues label Tradition und Moderne (Taj Mahal, John Fahey)