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Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Durand Jones & the Indications, Celisse

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With his swaggering presence, Nathaniel Rateliff has stalked stages around the world, singing with enough soul-powered energy to make even the biggest venues feel like packed clubs. His band The Night Sweats is a rock’n’roll force to be reckoned with, one whose horn section sends their rave-ups into rarefied air. And on their latest album, 2021’s The Future, they show there’s a heart beating beneath all that muscle.

The progressive funk and soul of Durand Jones & The Indications has always felt like it came from a timeless record pulled out of the back of a vintage shop, but as the Indiana group digs deeper into their sound, they keep finding more: a bit of disco, some synth pop, a touch of hip-hop. It’s a powerful combination, so much so that President Obama called their song “Witchoo” one of his favorites of 2021.

Celisse’s blues-tinged, hard-rocking sound–and soulful voice–have won her gigs with many notable musicians from Mariah Carey and Graham Nash to becoming a founding member of Trey Anastasio’s Ghosts of the Forest. She has also performed on Broadway for the national tour of Wicked and on Saturday Night Live playing lead guitar for Lizzo. She kicks off the night with a set of her own infectious grooves.

Photo courtesy of the LA Phil.