Nicolay & The Hot At Nights with James A.M. Downs- 5/25/18

Nicolay & The Hot At Nights with James A.M. Downs- 5/25/18

Friday, May 25 2018 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start / Ends 9:30 PM

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Fri May 25 2018

Nicolay & The Hot At Nights with James A.M. Downs- 5/25/18

at City Winery Washington DC

Doors:
6:00 PM
Starts:
8:00 PM
Ends:
9:30 PM

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$20.00
Premier
$18.00
Front Premier
$18.00
Bar Stool
$15.00

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Grammy-nominated music producer/performer Nicolay was born and raised in The Netherlands (Europe). He played various instruments in various bands and got a formal music education before focusing on the production side of the music making process. In 2002, Nicolay met rapper/singer-songwriter Phonte (of Little Brother), striking up a partnership under the name The Foreign Exchange. They released their critically acclaimed debut album “Connected” solely through the use of the internet in 2004. The success of “Connected” enabled Nicolay to move to the United States to further pursue his career in music. The Foreign Exchange's sophomore album, “Leave It All Behind”  (released in 2008), was even more successful, culminating in the Grammy nomination for the album's first single, "Daykeeper".

The development of The Hot at Nights parallels that of the world's most potentially destructive climatic occurrence: Global Warming. They are heavily influenced by the origins of jazz at the turn of the century, emblazoned by the raw and unbridled freedom of the 50′s and 60′s, and electrified by the external forcings of the 80′s. Chris Boerner (Foreign Exchange, Jeanne Jolly) on 8-string guitar, Matt Douglas (The Rosebuds, Erin McKeown, Harlequin) on woodwinds, and Nick Baglio (Jeanne Jolly, Foreign Exchange, Jean Morrison) on drums & keyboards make up the triumvirate of change. Even though there is a tiny contingency of Hot at Nights deniers, real and proven science has determined that they do, in fact, exist on a catastrophic level. Their new album, entitled ¡Try This!, represents the next degree of The Hot at Nights' exploration. Incorporating more penetrative keyboard sounds, stacked and looped saxes and woodwinds, 8-string guitar solos and sounds that rival the aggression of the Prevailing Westerlies, they have advanced the sound of an instrumental trio to a place where the listener is grappling with the origination of the sounds, processing the complexity of rhythm, and trying to control the incessant head nodding that ensues, all while making their best attempts to stay dry under the collar 

JAMES DOWNS

Brooklyn based singer-songwriter James A.M. Downes has been around since 2002, knee deep in the basements of the American north east indie/hardcore scene. You’ll still catch an earful of crassly eloquent lyrics, but all these years later James finds himself trading the fuzzed out decibels for something a bit more alluring and subversive.
In March of 2017, James released his debut EP, Prison Font. The album (out on Downes’ own Forest Park Recordings) reverberates with lush guitar beds over new-retro progressions creating a sound that fans of The Shins or early Death Cab for Cutie would find shelter in. Prison Fontgives breath to narratives that teem with dark humor and humility, taking the listener from debaucherous parties in the underworld all the way to the ghostly desolate bedrooms of former lovers, long since vanished.
While recent features in Relix Magazineand a feature/nomination for Deli Magazine NYC’s “Favorite Emerging Artist” help circulate the recorded music of Prison Font, James continues to bring the live show all around the east cost. Whether performing as a yearning cello/guitar duet or leading a bruising and beautiful full band, most concert goers would agree with The Deli’s Henry Solotaroff-Webber in saying that “James boldly [displays] his talent as a songwriter, and [solidifies] himself as someone to watch.”