It was a damp, drizzly October evening, but when diminutive dynamo Danielle Nicole and her band blew into town, things got really, really hot.
Fans drove from as far as Peterborough to catch this sold-out, one night only performance at Rockstar Music Hall in Windsor on Saturday (Oct. 27).
Danielle took the stage in a black lace blouse, skin tight bell bottoms, 6-inch stiletto ankle boots and her sleek white 2003 Fender Jazz bass slung over her shoulder. Before the show started, the Canada South Blues Museum presented her with a distinctive blue and gold star to signify the band’s induction into its prestigious Hall of Fame.
“Trust me, I don’t take this lightly!” Danielle exclaimed. Then, before launching into the first set, she introduced Glenn Brandt–drummer for Windsor’s very own Soul Minors—sitting in for Danielle’s brother Kris Schenebelen, who had suddenly taken ill.
What followed was two almost continuous hours of smoking hot rock, blues, funk, soul, R&B and country folk. Danielle’s vast vocal range and tight bass work, teamed with her virtuoso guitarist Brandon Miller and the very versatile Brandt segued seamlessly between genres.
From vintage Blues covers like O.V. Wright’s “Blind Crippled and Crazy” and Etta James’s “Feel Like Breakin’ Up Somebody’s Home”, to saucy funk like Bill Withers’ “Hot Spell” (specifically gifted to Danielle from Withers after he heard her sing) to Prince’s “How Come U Don’t Call Me” to Danielle’s goosebump-inducing rendition of Dolly Parton’s Jolene (where she puts down her bass for an acoustic guitar and Miller demonstrates his prowess on the mandolin), there is literally nothing this band can’t do.
Original songs “It Ain’t You” and the powerhouse ballad “Take It All” from their 2016 breakout album Wolf Den and the School-of-Bonnie-Raitt “Cry No More”, from this year’s album of the same name were also flawlessly performed.
As Danielle Nicole fans have come to expect, after every show there’s a chance to meet the band, talk and have them sign tour souvenirs and merchandise.
This band has been blazing a trail across North America (they were also at Bluesfest Windsor in 2018), and in early 2019, they’ll head to Switzerland.
You can find the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or visit their website.