“An acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics that evoked John Hiatt…”
“Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever”.
Porter-Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s seering finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.
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A virtuoso guitarist, Porter shared the stage with musical luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Jethro Tull. Searching for the shaman that lives inside the guitar has led Willy on a musical and personal odyssey spanning over two decades, 10 albums, and multiple continents. His journey remains defined by an independent drive to evolve as a musician and human, affording him the freedom to create the next song on his own terms. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, Porter’s songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence. His live shows are guitar-driven events–equal parts grit, soul, and muscle–that are electrifying, dynamic, and wholly original in the way that Porter’s voice blends and fuses with his virtuoso fret work.
Nickerson is an accomplished Jazz, R&B, and Rock vocalist and songwriter who has also contributed her talents to a volume of studio work in L.A.
The pair met in 2010 and finding their musical sensibilities a quick match, began collaborating soon after. The result has been a rich experience of performing and writing. In early 2016 the pair were featured music guests on A Prairie Home Companion, performing on one of Garrison Keillor’s last broadcasts. Their songs compile candid snapshots of the human journey, exposing ideas such as hope, regret, love, loss, and connection that remain immutable against time, history, or place.
Doors open at 7pm, Show starts at 8pm.
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For those that may have difficulty navigating stairs… 58 Main is a private home. This event will be held on our second floor and our bathroom is in the basement. We do not have a lift or elevator. We apologize.