Danielle Nicole performs with Sterling Koch and Freeway Jam at 8 p.m. Friday at Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 7 p.m.


Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returned with a follow-up release via Concord Records.


Like fellow Kansas City-based rocker Samantha Fish, Danielle Nicole’s roots are blues. Nicole’s distinctive, inventive bass work — which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass — is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot’s bassist, now she can’t imagine life without it.


Sterling Koch and Freeway Jam is a three-piece instrumental, blues/jazz/rock band based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. The band has opened for such national acts as Lita Ford, Rick Derringer, Johnny Winter All Star Band, Savoy Brown, Shemekia Copeland and Popa Chubby.


Tickets are $25. Information: 570-325-4009 or 570-325-0249.