Sat Sep 14 2024

8:00 PM (Doors 7:00 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary

111 E Sixth Street Newport, KY 41071

$28 adv/$30 dos/$50 upgrade

All Ages

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Nicotine Dolls make the kind of music you can’t hide from. The storytelling is front-and-center, beckoning your attention like a dusty old novel you can’t put down until the last page. The vocals are gritty and honest, holding nothing back in fits of joy, regret, and sadness similar to a phone call from one of your best friends at 3am. The instrumentation is equally punchy and nuanced, grafting rafter-reaching hooks on top of rich soundscapes. The moment the New York alternative quartet—Sam Cieri [vocals], John Hays [guitar], John Merritt [bass], and Abel Tabares [drums]—plug in, it’s as if a rush of collective emotion floods through the speakers.

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Nicotine Dolls

  • Nicotine Dolls

    Nicotine Dolls

    Rock

    Nicotine Dolls make the kind of music you can’t hide from. The storytelling is front-and-center, beckoning
    your attention like a dusty old novel you can’t put down until the last page. The vocals are gritty and honest,
    holding nothing back in fits of joy, regret, and sadness similar to a phone call from one of your best friends at
    3am. The instrumentation is equally punchy and nuanced, grafting rafter-reaching hooks on top of rich
    soundscapes. The moment the New York alternative quartet—Sam Cieri [vocals], John Hays [guitar], John
    Merritt [bass], and Abel Tabares [drums]—plug in, it’s as if a rush of collective emotion floods through the
    speakers.

    After generating over 20 million total streams and consistently selling out shows, the group tell their story as
    a means to encourage you to live yours on their 2023 EP, How Do You Love Me [Nettwerk Music Group].
    “I went through a process of overcoming these situations in the songs,” admits Sam. “The second we send
    them out, I’ve dealt with them. Now, they’re for you. I just want to properly represent where I’ve been and
    create a space for you to feel anything you want to feel. That’s my ambition.”

    Nicotine Dolls officially emerged in 2019 at the crossroads between its members’ respective paths. As the
    story goes, Sam met John Hays in 2015 during a Broadway tour. “I ended up there because I was getting
    evicted from my apartment, and my friend told me to try musical theater since you get a consistent
    paycheck,” he recalls. They instantly became best friends.
    By this time, Sam’s journey had already twisted and turned from “leaving high school to be a musician, living
    in motels, playing Las Vegas, going to South Florida, and amassing all of these crazy ass stories.”

    Nevertheless, his newfound musical bond with Hays eventually attracted Merritt and Abel to the fold. The
    guys gained traction with the likes of “Should Have Danced,” generating over 1 million Spotify streams and
    counting. Meanwhile, 2021’s Sex,Addiction, and Everyone Else. housed fan favorites such as “Hands” and “If I
    Come Home.” In 2022, “Till We Both Say” gathered 2 million-plus Spotify streams, while Sam’s audition on
    America’s Got Talent went viral (despite opting not to appear on the show!).

    Impressively, they attracted north of 1.1 million followers on TikTok as well.

    During 2023, they pieced together what would become How Do You Love Me.

    “The goal was to try to not sound like anything else,” he goes on. “It didn’t matter if what we were doing was
    ‘proper’. It mattered if it felt good. I hear music as sporadic sounds that I can see. That’s what I wanted the
    record to have. We disregarded the attempts to fit into a playlist. It’s taken a very long time to understand
    that Nicotine Dolls simply sound like Nicotine Dolls, and it’s something we’re confident in.”
    Clean guitar creaks beneath Sam’s husky delivery on the opener and lead single “How Do You Love Me.”
    Eventually, the track reaches heavenly heights lifted even higher by a soaring saxophone solo, slick bass line,
    and the towering refrain, “Figure it out, write it all down, so I don’t forget how do you love me right now?”

    “To me, the song is someone having a manic episode,” he reveals. “If I had a song like this when I was going
    through what I was in my early twenties, I wouldn’t have felt so alone. In terms of the subject, I don’t
    understand how and why the people around me choose to be around me. I’m saying, ‘I don’t get it because I
    have all of these flaws. Explain it to me’. It’s so personal and scary to share, but it needed to be the first step
    out. It pushes us into a place we’d never been sonically or lyrically.”

    The feedback of a radio dial flickering between stations gives way to the kinetic “Slip.” With a driving rhythm
    and upbeat refrain, it crashes right into an unpredictable, yet undeniable refrain.

    “It’s the feeling of being at a party with your ex,” he reveals. “You look at each other, know you shouldn’t get
    together, but you both threw common sense out the window 15 minutes ago. No negative thoughts enter
    your head. It’s fun, sly, and coy.”

    The story continues on “Real House” with its cinematic crescendo. “This is the same relationship,” he goes
    on. “I love her very much, but she deserves a very real thing. The first line was a bummer, ‘We were playing
    house until the rent went up,’ but the rest of the song poured out of it.”
    Then, there’s “30 Somehow.” The stark soundscape underlines heart-wrenching emotional lyrics as he
    outlines a turning point in his life.

    “It’s about me in my thirties,” he notes. “It’s not good, it’s not bad, but it is the oldest I’ve ever been. I was
    thinking about my life. My dad and I don’t talk anymore because of his drinking. He has cancer, and my
    grandma has cancer. I’m still not where I want to be professionally. However, I’m becoming more aware and
    appreciative as to how incredible my mom is. I appreciate my sister and niece. Here are the negative things
    and here are the positive things. I didn’t think I’d live to be thirty, but I’m romanticizing a long life.”
    In the end, you won’t be able to turn away from Nicotine Dolls.

    “The music is uncomplicated and unpretentious,” he leaves off. “It’s also unapologetically romantic. It’s just
    life.”

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Sat Sep 14 2024 8:00 PM

(Doors 7:00 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary Newport KY
Nicotine Dolls

$28 adv/$30 dos/$50 upgrade All Ages

Nicotine Dolls make the kind of music you can’t hide from. The storytelling is front-and-center, beckoning your attention like a dusty old novel you can’t put down until the last page. The vocals are gritty and honest, holding nothing back in fits of joy, regret, and sadness similar to a phone call from one of your best friends at 3am. The instrumentation is equally punchy and nuanced, grafting rafter-reaching hooks on top of rich soundscapes. The moment the New York alternative quartet—Sam Cieri [vocals], John Hays [guitar], John Merritt [bass], and Abel Tabares [drums]—plug in, it’s as if a rush of collective emotion floods through the speakers.

Meet and Greet Ticket Upgrade (must be purchased IN ADDITION TO  concert ticket)
Includes:
-Early Entry (one hour before doors) 
-Photo w Band
-Autograph
Nicotine Dolls

Nicotine Dolls

Rock

Nicotine Dolls make the kind of music you can’t hide from. The storytelling is front-and-center, beckoning
your attention like a dusty old novel you can’t put down until the last page. The vocals are gritty and honest,
holding nothing back in fits of joy, regret, and sadness similar to a phone call from one of your best friends at
3am. The instrumentation is equally punchy and nuanced, grafting rafter-reaching hooks on top of rich
soundscapes. The moment the New York alternative quartet—Sam Cieri [vocals], John Hays [guitar], John
Merritt [bass], and Abel Tabares [drums]—plug in, it’s as if a rush of collective emotion floods through the
speakers.

After generating over 20 million total streams and consistently selling out shows, the group tell their story as
a means to encourage you to live yours on their 2023 EP, How Do You Love Me [Nettwerk Music Group].
“I went through a process of overcoming these situations in the songs,” admits Sam. “The second we send
them out, I’ve dealt with them. Now, they’re for you. I just want to properly represent where I’ve been and
create a space for you to feel anything you want to feel. That’s my ambition.”

Nicotine Dolls officially emerged in 2019 at the crossroads between its members’ respective paths. As the
story goes, Sam met John Hays in 2015 during a Broadway tour. “I ended up there because I was getting
evicted from my apartment, and my friend told me to try musical theater since you get a consistent
paycheck,” he recalls. They instantly became best friends.
By this time, Sam’s journey had already twisted and turned from “leaving high school to be a musician, living
in motels, playing Las Vegas, going to South Florida, and amassing all of these crazy ass stories.”

Nevertheless, his newfound musical bond with Hays eventually attracted Merritt and Abel to the fold. The
guys gained traction with the likes of “Should Have Danced,” generating over 1 million Spotify streams and
counting. Meanwhile, 2021’s Sex,Addiction, and Everyone Else. housed fan favorites such as “Hands” and “If I
Come Home.” In 2022, “Till We Both Say” gathered 2 million-plus Spotify streams, while Sam’s audition on
America’s Got Talent went viral (despite opting not to appear on the show!).

Impressively, they attracted north of 1.1 million followers on TikTok as well.

During 2023, they pieced together what would become How Do You Love Me.

“The goal was to try to not sound like anything else,” he goes on. “It didn’t matter if what we were doing was
‘proper’. It mattered if it felt good. I hear music as sporadic sounds that I can see. That’s what I wanted the
record to have. We disregarded the attempts to fit into a playlist. It’s taken a very long time to understand
that Nicotine Dolls simply sound like Nicotine Dolls, and it’s something we’re confident in.”
Clean guitar creaks beneath Sam’s husky delivery on the opener and lead single “How Do You Love Me.”
Eventually, the track reaches heavenly heights lifted even higher by a soaring saxophone solo, slick bass line,
and the towering refrain, “Figure it out, write it all down, so I don’t forget how do you love me right now?”

“To me, the song is someone having a manic episode,” he reveals. “If I had a song like this when I was going
through what I was in my early twenties, I wouldn’t have felt so alone. In terms of the subject, I don’t
understand how and why the people around me choose to be around me. I’m saying, ‘I don’t get it because I
have all of these flaws. Explain it to me’. It’s so personal and scary to share, but it needed to be the first step
out. It pushes us into a place we’d never been sonically or lyrically.”

The feedback of a radio dial flickering between stations gives way to the kinetic “Slip.” With a driving rhythm
and upbeat refrain, it crashes right into an unpredictable, yet undeniable refrain.

“It’s the feeling of being at a party with your ex,” he reveals. “You look at each other, know you shouldn’t get
together, but you both threw common sense out the window 15 minutes ago. No negative thoughts enter
your head. It’s fun, sly, and coy.”

The story continues on “Real House” with its cinematic crescendo. “This is the same relationship,” he goes
on. “I love her very much, but she deserves a very real thing. The first line was a bummer, ‘We were playing
house until the rent went up,’ but the rest of the song poured out of it.”
Then, there’s “30 Somehow.” The stark soundscape underlines heart-wrenching emotional lyrics as he
outlines a turning point in his life.

“It’s about me in my thirties,” he notes. “It’s not good, it’s not bad, but it is the oldest I’ve ever been. I was
thinking about my life. My dad and I don’t talk anymore because of his drinking. He has cancer, and my
grandma has cancer. I’m still not where I want to be professionally. However, I’m becoming more aware and
appreciative as to how incredible my mom is. I appreciate my sister and niece. Here are the negative things
and here are the positive things. I didn’t think I’d live to be thirty, but I’m romanticizing a long life.”
In the end, you won’t be able to turn away from Nicotine Dolls.

“The music is uncomplicated and unpretentious,” he leaves off. “It’s also unapologetically romantic. It’s just
life.”

Please correct the information below.

Select ticket quantity.

Complete the security check.

Select Tickets

All Ages
limit 10 per person
Sanctuary
Meet and Greet Upgrade
$50.00
General Admission
$28.00

Delivery Method

Will Call