Johnny’s welcomes our community and visiting performing artists to come to share their songs and tell their stories. We'll have plenty of cafe drinks, sweets, paninis, baked goods, premium homemade ice cream and more to enjoy during the show! Shows are free to attend with donations suggested for the performer(s).
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Friday, July 1: Big Celtic Fun - Celtic tunes and songs, 7:00-9:00pm
from Chapel Hill
Big Celtic Fun is on an eternal quest for “The Big Fun” from the music of Ireland, Scotland, New England and Canada. The band consists of Eileen Regan (fiddle, vocals), Tim Smith (flute, tin whistle, piano, English concertina), percussion whiz Drew Pilant. The band has played for contra dances and festivals and all kinds of private events, and features driving traditional instrumentals, lovely singing of mostly Irish and Scottish
songs by Eileen and an occasional original song from Tim.
Preview Big Celtic Fun sound here
Saturday, July 2: Amy Kucharik - blues-infused ukulele originals, 7:00-9:00pm
from Somerville (Boston), MA
About Amy Kucharik (/kuh-CHAR-ick/) -- Drawing from blues and Dixieland traditions and with a street-smart stagecraft honed in the subways of Boston, Amy’s "modern vintage" grooves have earned her comparisons to Lake Street Dive, Maria Muldaur and the Asylum Street Spankers. The 2015 Kerrville New Folk winning songwriter explores the full range of her ukulele, both exploiting and defying its reputation as a novelty instrument. Amy performs as a one-woman-band with foot percussion and mouth trumpet, while her Vaudevillian charm and infectious, danceable swing transport her audience to a place both timeless and familiar, but nevertheless innovative. Her catchy, edgy, sometimes haunting lyrics recount tales of reluctant love, heartbreak, revenge, and grit. Texas Outside said Amy “…stole the show with the light, upbeat sounds of her instrument and voice against the dark humor of her lyrics.” Amy has been touring for the last couple of years, sharing stages with the likes of Rod Picott, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, and fellow 2015 New Folk winner, Wes Collins.
Preview Amy Kuchanik sound and video here
Sunday, July 10: Accidental Seabirds, Indie Folk, 11:00am-1:00pm
from Asbury Park, New Jersey
Accidental Seabirds are a nationally touring indie folk act based out of Asbury Park, NJ. The band are a hard working DIY outfit, booking their own tours, recording their own albums, designing and printing their own merchandise.
This will be a special solo performance by the band's founder and songwriter, Jesse Lee Herdman. Expect to hear new songs, stories and a super intimate performance.
"Herdman and percussionist Alex Letizia have a knack of making one feel like they have invited you in for your own private listening experience. As if they are performing right there in your living room. It is not easy to create indie-folk that sounds as fresh as the Accidental Seabirds have managed to do here." -Ed Magdziak, YouDontKnowJersey.com
"Accidental Seabirds is one of the top groups that continue to demonstrate excellence and musical growth that is taking them further and further into their musical stratosphere and the world beyond." -John Pfeiffer, The Aquarian Weekly
Preview Accidental Seabirds video here.
Friday, July 15: Dennis Cash - Original and Traditional Folk, 7:00-9:00pm
from Harnett County
North Carolina Bluegrass, Gospel, Folk and Old Time music song man, Cash is a native of Lynchburg, VA. In his early twenties, Dennis took his first paying job as a musician as lead guitar player for a local country band. His musical endeavors crossed many genres, but he kept returning to the music he grew up with: the roots music of the Carter Family; traditional bluegrass, country, and the gospel. Dennis and Wayne Ratley launched Carolina Sonshine in 1997. The band toured from Canada to Florida and as far west as Missouri. Cash has emerged a strong songwriter, regularly co-writing with 2014 IBMA Songwriter of the Year Louisa Branscomb Encouraged by bluegrass legend Bill Clifton, Cash recorded Sing Me A Carter Family Song, which contains his interpretations of many fine songs introduced by the Carter Family. The title cut was written for the project by Tom T. and the late Dixie Hall. In August, 2014, Cash was inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
Preview Dennis Cash sound here
Saturday, July 16: Simone Finally - Singer-Songwriter Folk, 11:00am-1:00pm
from Washington DC
Simone Finally is a singer-songwriter based in Washington DC. Her music is lyrically-driven, and explores the relationship between foot-stomping, harmonica wailing, and melodic guitar tunes. Simone is interested in music as a means to foster human connection and plays simple tunes which are meant to stimulate conversations in and around her audience.
Preview Simone Finally sound here
Sunday, July 17: Austin Miller - Americana Singer/Songwriter, 7:00-9:00pm
from Orlando, FL
Austin Miller is a singer/songwriter from Florida, USA. Guitar, voice, no frills. Road tested and road proven. Americana from someone who's actually seen all of America; spontaneous and heartfelt tunes that lead you into an Iron & Wine / Neil Young - flavored reverie.
"Miller’s great triumph is that his effortlessly flowing songs don’t get bogged down in much of anything, especially try-too-hard purism or obliqueness. The result is a well-pitched sound that comes on with little to slow its roll and appeal." ~ Orlando Weekly
Preview Austin Miller sound here or video here
Friday, July 22: My Cousin Skinny - Acoustic Duo, 7:00-9:00pm
Mixing soaring harmonies with inventive jams, the acoustic duo My Cousin Skinny – otherwise known as Mike and Jeff - brings energy, spontaneity and many styles to live performances.
The duo has been performing and writing music together for twenty years. Their original songs are often intricate, but accessible, and feature a strong interplay between the guitars. At times, the duo incorporates bass loops and percussion to nearly emulate a “full band” sound. Lyrically, the songs focus on themes like regret, loss and love – but most often always with a humorous or quirky undertone. They also cover a wide range of artists, from the Avett Brothers to Zeppelin.
They have played in full-piece bands, traveling up and down the east coast, but for the past few years have stayed close to home and to their roots.
Preview My Cousin Skinny sound and video here
Friday, July 29th: The Porchmen- Bluegrass; 7:00-9:00pm
Hailing out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina - The Porchmen. Producing a sound which embraces the vibe and attitude of traditional Old-Timey, Folk, and Bluegrass music along with modern melodies and catchy riffs, their song writing style has been described as "reflective," "upbeat," and "real."
The Porchmen formed when Andrew Ellis and Cornelis Verkerk began writing and playing music on the porch in the summer of 2012. Andrew thunders in on the upright bass and lead vocals, and Cornelis picks and hammers on the banjo whilst occasionally providing backup hollerin’. Guitarist, Jonny “Big Jon” Pineda, joined The Porchmen shortly after its founding, adding not just guitar but also beautiful lead vocals and dulcet harmonies to contrast his rugged image. The newest member, the talented Jessica Tufte out of Buffalo, New York, has added a new dynamic to the band as a classically trained violinist gone fiddle-player.
The Porchmen started by playing at the events of friends and family, where they discovered a love for playing for people. Before long, they began booking shows in venues in the greater Chapel Hill/triangle area bringing in big crowds and playing good music for fans.
Check out their music here
Saturday, July 30th: Michael Daughtry- Folk Rock; 7:00-9:00pm
Michael Daughtry is a singer/songwriter from North Carolina. He graduated from Berklee College of Music where he was recognized for infectious song crafting. He remained in Boston for a few years to play in various bands in that area. His current songs reflect the trials and joys of life. The songs drive with syncopated rhythms and melodies that are both refreshing and familiar.
Check out Michael's sound here