Jesse Dee and Kat Wright join Kirkland Art Center’s spring concert lineup

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CLINTON — Kirkland Art Center, 9 1/2 E. Park Row, will host performances by Jesse Dee and Kat Wright for its upcoming spring concerts.

At 8 p.m. Friday, April 5 the art center will host Jesse Dee. Cost is $15 or $20 general admission.

A native of Boston, Dee is an award-winning singer, song-writer and guitar playing soul man. A modern day trailblazer inspired by the old school, Dee’s passion is exploring and updating soul music for contemporary audiences.

With his warm and honest sound, his instantly memorable melodies and positive, slice-of-life lyrics evoking the heyday of the Brill Building songwriters, he accomplishes just that, critics said.

His inventive, hook-filled songs are delivered with buoyant, youthful exuberance.

His band lays down driving, infectious grooves while Dee’s expressive vocals put him in a class by himself.

On the strength of his fervent live shows, Dee plays to packed clubs in New England and has toured across Europe, earning new fans at every gig.

The Boston Herald declares, “Dee has an explosive voice. He possesses a powerful, raspy tenor and an uncanny phrasing ability that can’t be taught.”

Kat Wright will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, May 10. Cost is $18 or $23 general admission.

Wright, whose known for her voice that’s sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful; gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse.” Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting, critics said. There’s soul flowing in and out of her Rock N’ Roll with a serpentine seduction. Some of soul music’s sweet, grand dames belt, shout, seethe, and succumb, while Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology.

It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little…like it should.

KAC encourages guests to check out its package deal for tickets to both concerts.

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