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Danielle Nicole, Abby Owens, Cassie Ortiz

  • The Funky Biscuit 303 SE Mizner Blvd #59 Boca Raton, FL 33432 (map)

JGE Productions with Lagunitas Brewing Company is proud to present Danielle Nicole, a Blues/Roots/Soul Singer and Bassist based in Kansas City, MO. In addition to being a 2014 Music Blues award winner, and nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the Kansas City Music awards, she was also featured in the April 2017 issue of Blues Music Magazine. Her band Trampled Under Foot released a critically acclaimed album titled Badlands in 2013 which landed them the Contemporary Blues Album of the Year at the Blues Music Awards. Danielle's 2015 solo album, Wolf's Den, also received the Blues Album of the Year award from Blues & Soul Magazine. This girl has it seriously going on!

A special selection of Lagunitas Brewing Co beer will be on tap all evening AND we’ll be raising money for the Rockliscious Scholarship for Girls via Peace, Love and Music, a non-profit 501 (3)(c) that helps at-risk youth get music education and an instrument of their choice.

Lineup:

8:15pm - 8:45pm Cassie Ortiz

9:00pm - 9:45pm Abby Owens

10:00pm - 11:30pm Danielle Nicole

DANIELLE NICOLE

A 2014 Blues Music Award winner, there’s not a time in her life that singer/ bassist/ songwriter Danielle Nicole  doesn’t remember loving to perform. As a child, she would sing for her family at holidays and took tap, jazz and ballet lessons for many years competing in numerous events. Danielle also took band in middle school, playing the tenor saxophone and enjoying it quite a bit. Unfortunately, she was forced to quit when the family moved to Kansas City and the new school did not offer band.

Danielle comes from generations of singers. Her grandmother, Evelyn Skinner, was a big band singer. Danielle’s mother, Lisa Swedlund, taught her everything she knew while growing up and listening to all different kinds of music from the Everly Brothers to the B-52s.

It wasn’t until she was 12 that Danielle took to the stage for the first time singing, Koko Taylor’s “Never Trust a Man” at a Blues for Schools program that her parents were playing at Englewood Elementary. From then on, she knew music would be her passion for the rest of her life.

Danielle began singing in coffeehouses and at open mic events at age 14, jamming with her parents whenever she could at clubs that would allow minors. At 16, she began singing lead in her father’s band, Little Eva and the Works – until he became too sick to play. In March of 1999, she started her own band, Fresh Brew, with Kansas City music veterans Steve Gronemeyer, Steve Hicks, Chuck Payne and Terry Roney. They performed for four years and even represented Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge.

It was during this time that Danielle and her brothers Nick and Kris began talking about a family band that would eventually become Trampled Under Foot. Not only did she and Kris have to move to Philadelphia (where Nick was living), but she would have to learn the bass guitar to keep it a family band. It took a few years of lessons and saving money before that could become reality.

After several acclaimed self-released albums, Trampled Under Foot released Badlands on July 9, 2013 on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group. Toughened by years of nonstop roadwork, Badlands revealed a musical sophistication well beyond the band’s years.

Badlands debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Chart and Trampled Under Foot performed live throughout the United States and Europe in support of the album.

ABBY OWENS

Abby Owens is an incredible singer, an interesting and unpredictable songwriter, and a real sweetheart. You'll love her." – Jason Isbell 

Abby Owens is a story teller of songs hailing from Indiantown, Fl. Working alongside the likes of Jason Isbell, Drivin' N Cryin', and Leon Russell, Abby's roots-style music is inspired by the south. "I like to play what I like to listen to." Abby states.  "My songs are about what I've experienced directly or indirectly." Abby's songs, while unpredictable, weave through relatable experiences, thoughts, and emotions. Her songwriting combined with a percussive acoustic guitar style and smooth vocal makes for an engaging performance.

CASSIE ORTIZ

Cassie is a powerhouse performer recognized throughout the state of Florida for her amazing ability to “wow” the crowd with her big voice. She has an amazing wide range that covers from alto to soprano. The clarity and tone of her voice make her very special. Cassie’s pitch is perfect and she can sing all genres from Musical Theater to Pop, Rock, R&B and more…She does vocal runs precisely, in the vein of Ariana Grande or Mariah Carey.

She loves working in the studio as well as performing live with her guitarist, Abby Nicole.