Settle in for a night of reflection, anticipation, and, of course, powerfully good music. Supernova soul squad Dwight + Nicole are closing out 2022 by hosting a party they’re calling Play the Future, which features some of their favorite local performers, including DJ Fattie B, Mikahely, and West African drum and dance troupe Jeh Kulu. The night wraps up with a pew-rattling set from the hosts themselves, taking the form of a nine-piece band, and joined by singer Ali McGuirk, whom The Boston Globe described as “A soul singer who evokes comparisons to Amy Winehouse but rocks even harder.” Completing this amazing picture is Vanish Works’ projection designer Alex Reeves, spinning improvised projections onto the walls of the UU for the evening sets.
Earning praise as Mavis Staples’ “favorite new band,” Dwight + Nicole have quickly launched from local luminaries to the national stage. The duo cut their teeth in the regional club circuit while developing their iconic sound, which leans into the likes of their idols such as the Staples Singers, Albert King, Lightning Hopkins, Roberta Flack, and Etta James. With a full band behind them, their power is a defiant force of funk, mixing in all the right elements that make their groove uniquely their own.