Prepare to shake booty with Hill


Nikki Hill

Nikki Hill’s music is known to invite booty shaking and hand clapping. Her website says, “Those who have seen Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a ‘whiplash’ moment. Where did this fireball come from?

Why haven’t I heard of her before? If you haven’t heard of Nikki Hill yet, you soon will, and once you see her perform, you won’t forget her.”

Hill and her band, the Pirate Crew, will be performing at JSC on Tuesday, Sept. 30 on the Dibden stage. The show will be from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and is free to all.

Emily Neilsen, coordinator of first-year events, said she is looking forward to the blend of rock, soul, blues, roots and r&b that comes with Hill.  “From everything I’ve heard and seen and read, Nikki Hill and her band are not simply talented musicians; they also bring authentic passion and energy to the stage,” said Neilsen. “This should be a get-out-of-your-chair-and-dance kind of show — one that leaves you energized and wanting more. Nikki Hill has been garnering lot of attention in the last year, so I am thrilled we booked her before she gets too popular.”

Jeff Angione is the station advisor for WJSC, and the Willey Library circulation coordinator. Neilsen says this former record shop owner has “a wealth of knowledge about music old and new.” Angione keeps his feelers out for rising stars, and worked withNeilson to get Hill booked for the concert.

Angione says Hill is getting big, and is only going to get bigger — as big as Grace Potter.

Hill calls herself roots rock ‘n’ roll. “Roots music is a kind of back to basics…I think there’s a lot of misconstrued analogies that go with that,” said Angione. “In order to have that roots emblem you have to be pulling something from the past, it can’t just be a jam band that is like ‘yeah, we’re pulling from the Almond Brothers.’ It’s got to go further back. Nikki embodies this r&b swagger, that ethos of rock and roll which kind of came out of rockabilly and country music.”

Hill and her band tour relentlessly, getting their sound out to music lovers around the country. “She is definitely invested in her craft . . . [the band is] the real deal,” said Angione.

According to her website, music posters have called Hill, “The Southern Fireball,” “the new soul sensation” and even “the new Queen of Rock and Roll.”

“As a college student, your main priority is to try, experience, engage and take part in anything and everything that you possibly can,” Angione said. “It’s an opportunity in your life to get turned on to new things.”

These experiences may include booty-shaking to Nikki Hill. “If you want to get up and dance, and actually shake a tail feather, [this is] the music to do it to,” said Angione. “And it’s not done with a laptop. It’s done with real instruments.”

You can stream Hill’s 2013 album, “Here’s Nikki Hill,” on her website,