Date: Wednesday, Sep 7th, 2011

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Stuart’s Opera House

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Nick Tolford & Company are an eight-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Columbus, Ohio. Led by Nick Tolford on vocals and Rhodes, the band also features Julian Dassai (guitar), Brian Travis (bass), Mike O’Shaughnessy (drums), and four backup singers: Katie Gartin, Leslie Jankowski, Cecil Moore III, and Robin Joos. A virtual who’s who of the Columbus rock scene, members of the band have played in The Slide Machine, Church of the Red Museum, El Jesus de Magico, Brainbow, and with national hip hop act Blueprint.

Formed in 2009, Nick Tolford & Company draw influence from the sounds of Stax, Motown, and Columbus’ own Capsoul Records, delivering songs that span the spectrum from sweat-soaked rock ‘n’ roll to blood-and-guts soul crooners. Passionate, energetic and upbeat, Nick Tolford & Company teeter on the edge between raw soul electricity and punk rock abandon.

Named by Paste Magazine as one of Ohio‘s “Bands to Listen To Right Now” and by The Guardian as one of “Nine Must-Listen New Tracks From Around the World,” Nick Tolford & Company have had the privilege of sharing the stage with Booker T (of Booker T and the MGs), the Fleshtones, The Flaming Lips, The Coup, Cat Power, George Jones, Company of Thieves, Grand Funk Railroad, and The Ohio Players, among others. They have also played to enthusiastic crowds at regional festivals such as the Nelsonville Music Festival, Athens’ Blackout Fest, and have headlined the massive Comfest in Columbus. Nick Tolford & Company’s songs “Every Day” and “Until I Walk Away” have been in rotation on CD102.5.

The band has three releases under their belt: the full-length records Just a Kiss (January 2014) and Extraordinary Love (October 2010), and a seven-inch record Summertime (June 2010).

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