Nicholas David w/ Lewis Knudsen

Sat. Feb 27, 2016 at 7:00pm CST
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Nicholas David w/ Lewis Knudsen

Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 7:30pm
Opening Act: Lewis Knudsen
Age Restriction:  ALL AGES             

Music from the heart, for the heart.

Nicholas David is a vibrant, dynamic and multi-talented singer/songwriter from Saint Paul, MN. For more than a decade, Nicholas has composed alternative soul music that connects with people worldwide on a deeply human level. Prior to his unforgettable 2012 run with Team CeeLo on NBC’s The Voice, Nicholas had already recorded five critically acclaimed albums, experienced national radio airplay and participated in multiple charity and collaborative projects. Fans of The Voice were introduced to his soulful and storied career during this time where he struck a chord with America and finished a fan favorite in the top three.

During his 2012 appearance on NBC’s hit talent show “The Voice,” season finalist Nicholas David wowed the crowd with his vocal flexibility—taking on covers of everything from Jimi Hendrix to Corrine Bailey Rae for an ultimate 3rd-place finish. However, what resonated most with the audience was his undeniable old-school and old-fashioned soul, which has been a common thread throughout his career and is showcased to perfection on his latest EP, Make Hope. This project, which marks the Minnesotan singer-songwriter’s seventh overall, is a smooth and deep study of emotion backed by David’s confident command of soul, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll. Its six tracks offer a glimpse into the journey, both personally and professionally, that David has been taking over the past couple of years.

Nicholas’ music is a fully integrative experience, incorporating multiple genres and influences ranging everywhere from Prince to Beethoven. His powerful voice, enriching lyrics and liquid piano playing set him apart and are the reason Skope Magazine calls him “an authentic artist of this millennium.” His captivating melodies embody an unbridled passion for music, and his lyrics convey the thoughts of a truly humble, intelligent and genuine human being. When it comes to his iconic live shows, Nicholas is a one-of-a-kind and must-see act. As if channeling inspiration from an outside source, the instant he walks on stage he gives himself over to the music. Fans have even gone as far to speak of his performances as a spiritual service that they actually want to attend. His emotional approach to songwriting and performing is the very reason the thriving Twin Cities music scene affectionately nicknamed him ‘the feelin.’

Nicholas has always loved keeping things local, and this sentiment is evident throughout his music. Incorporating dozens of Minnesota musicians, his critically acclaimed 2009 album Together We're Stronger features local Minnesotans from over 40 different bands. Nicholas also played a role in the hugely successful charity album, The Minnesota Beatle Project, named "Best Local Compilation CD" by the City Pages. His rendition of The Beatles classic “Across the Universe” was in extended heavy rotation on 89.3, "The Current." To date, the project raised over $50,000 to help keep music programs alive in Minnesota Public Schools. Nicholas also appeared on The Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 3 in collaboration with local legend Charlie Parr on "Rocky Raccoon".

Nicholas has continued to use music as a vehicle for positive change. He has made it a priority in between touring to give back to the children. To give back to the future. From charities that fill backpack's with food for the summer months, because the only food they have is the food that's provided for them at school. To a place for families to grieve and process the death of their child. From coat drives during those cold Minnesota winters, to turning rock concerts into food drives. After a recent trip to Mexico with  Smile Network International, Nicholas was named their "Ambassador of Love". Smile Network International is a local non-profit humanitarian organization which provides life altering surgeries for children and adults in developing nations. Nicholas is constantly searching for ways to not only speak the language of the heart, but to LIVE it as well. 

Nicholas and his own Label, Wake the World, are among an emerging group of Conscious-Capitalists and Eco-Entrepreneurs focused on minimizing environmental impact. All CD packaging and mailings feature "green" designs, utilizing recycled materials and FSC-certified products.



Lewis Knudsen
At 17, Lewis sold his entire basketball card collection, bought recording equipment, and started writing and recording original music. Before moving into his college dorm, an adviser told him there would be no room for recording equipment in the dorm room. Lewis put his bed frame up on wood blocks, kept the gear on the surface of the frame, moved the mattress under the bed, and slept under the songs he was writing. For the past 15 years, songwriting has been much more than a hobby, it has been a language, a personal therapy, and a full-time occupation. Knudsen's 2015 release, "The Way of Most Resistance" reflects inspirations from the genres of funk and soul while still thinking outside the box. Lewis loves collaborating with other musicians whenever possible, and can hardly think of a better way to spend a Saturday night than to hunker down in his studio and work on a new song. Some of Lewis' strongest influences are James Taylor, Randy Newman, Martin Sexton and Stevie Wonder.


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Redstone Room 129 Main Street
Davenport, IA 52801
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