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).
View our Weekly Events for Kids Stories & Song, Farmers' market, food trucks and more!
Sunday, October 2nd: The Young Novelists, Folk Rock, 7:00-9:00pm
Simon & Garfunkel meet The Civil Wars -- Toronto-based Americana husband and wife duo The Young Novelists have been keeping busy. Fronted by Graydon James and Laura Spink, they are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. After the release of their second full-length album "made us strangers", they have been touring Canada and the US relentlessly and earning accolades wherever they go. They were recognized as New/Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, and Graydon received the Ontario Art Council’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting award for his song “Couldn’t Be Any Worse”.
It's your turn to see the duo the Asheville Times called "folk-rock at its best" (2015). Go here to find out more and listen to their music!
Here's some of what the press has to say about this phenomenally talented musician:
All About Jazz:
“The compositions are excellent and Larmer's playing has that riveting quality that makes people pay close attention...Inner Circle is a studio recording, it's true, but one that encompasses the unbridled vigor, gift of chemistry and profound impulsiveness of a live recording.”
Miami Arts Review:
“The album doesn’t fall victim to the emotional stiffness one grows accustomed to in other examples of self-proclaimed 'math-music.' The performances are interactive and organic, and the tunes always maintain a foot-tapping groove throughout.”
Miami Arts and Entertainment District:
“Larmer injects an encyclopedia-like knowledge into his sonic creations — a calculative technique that smacks you square in the face and wakes you up out of whatever trance you had fallen into.”
“Zach Larmer is a bright new star on the jazz scene with an absolutely smoking debut album.”
October 5th & October 6th: WRAP Pop-up Studio
with Marguerite Gignoux
12:00 - 3:00pm
Join us for this incredibly special pop-up studio event.
Wrap Your Head Around It is an interdisciplinary arts project that links text with textile through community action. Wrap’s fundamental goal: the making of 200 hand dyed and printed scarves with and for the cancer community. In this community arts project, I developed partnerships with cancer patients and survivors; hospitals; community artists and individuals; universities and colleges; textile businesses; galleries; and cancer patient support organizations. The first edition of 200 scarves was funded by a Kickstarter campaign, Autumn 2014. The project began with 10 weeks of creative writing sessions at the Cancer Center, Duke Hospital, Durham, NC. Subsequent surface design activities included silk dyeing, printing, and stitching in pop-up studios in Greensboro, Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, NC.
"Fabric when properly activated has remarkable social and spiritual range. Its very structure contains the inherent power to combine and connect."
Find out more about Marguerite and this project here.
Want more? We know we do! Head over and check out their music and more here!
Friday, October 7th: TWO AMAZING PERFORMANCES!
Accidental Seabirds, Indie Folk, 5:00-7:00PM
from Asbury Park, NJ
Did you miss these guys the last time they were here? Do not do that to yourself again. While you can often hear our baristas rocking out to their albums, this is a show you have to see for yourself. It's sure to be a fun, super-intimate performance. We are among many who love these guys:
"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
Stephen Chopek, Indie Rock, 7:30-9:00pm
from Nashville, TN
We are not being greedy with the great music tonight. A former apprentice of legendary jazz percussionist, Leon Parker, Stephen Chopek has traveled across the country playing drums for Charlie Hunter, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Jesse Malin, The Alternate Routes, The Pimps of Joytime, Todd Carey, The Everymen, John Paul Keith, and Shannon McNally, to name a few.
No stranger to the solo tour, Stephen's acoustic sets are dynamic and engaging. Skin Back Alley calls his latest album, “A skillfully crafted tapestry of folk, roots, punk and pop, it’ll be a delight to see where the musician’s muse takes him next.” We couldn't be more thrilled to host this crazy talented musician!
Head over here to learn more about Stephen's incredible career and check out his music!
Saturday, October 8th: Travis Attwell, Indie Folk, 7-9pm
Travis Atwell is a passionate believer in the power of storytelling and language. He has been writing songs for nearly a decade, capturing the highest and the lowest emotional and experiential images of youth and young adulthood.His music is designed to create an intimate, refined, and emotional experience that glides seamlessly between introspective melancholy and unbridled fun.
Preview Travis's music and find out more here!
Sunday, October 9th: Pop-Up Broadway Chorus, 5-7pm
Your host, Glenn Mehrbach, is at it again and ready to run another fantastic evening of Broadway singing.
The first half will be in the style of a Broadway Open Mic and then, together you'll learn:
• “Summer Nights” from the musical “Grease” by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
• “Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better” from the musical “Annie Get Your Gun” by Irving Berlin
and a special 3rd song as we head into the baseball playoff season:
• “Heart” from the musical “Damn Yankees” by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Find out more about your awesome host, here!
Thursday, Oct.13th: Robert Jackson & Alicia Best, Blues & Folk, 7-9pm
A soulful folk singer, harmonica player and guitarist from Birmingham, UK: Robert Jackson sings songs of his life and travels from Bristol to San Francisco and all the long roads in between. His distinctive voice, vibrato harmonica and driving acoustic guitar combine with edgy and cultured songwriting of adventure, bitter romance and synchronicity. He is joined by hometown artist and fellow traveler Alicia Best as she adds harmonies and fiddle licks to the mix, harking back to old Appalachian ballads and exploring new collaborations! The music will have you moving and the lyrics will take you away on a journey of your own!
Check out more here and see a video of them performing here
Friday, October 14th: William Hinson, Indie Rock, 7:00-9:00pm
William Hinson is a 20 year old singer/songwriter from Winston Salem. Influenced by The Beatles, John Mayer and The 1975, William's performance is sure to be fantastic. Come on out to see his skillful use of guitar pedals, looping techniques and cool vocal effects.
Want a preview? Yes you do! Head over to here to check out some of William's awesome originals and unique covers.
Need a little R. Kelly in your life? Check out William's cover of 'Ignition' on 107.5 KZL Radio show here.
October 16th: What's Your Story?, Hosted by Simone Fine, 7:00- 8:30pm
Theme - Tangled: Stories of the Intertwined & Caught
Come share your story! The first of a monthly series, this event creates a space for folks to share stories with one another in an informal setting. Other story telling events like The Monti or The Moth offer finely crafted performances, where their performers have often practiced a bit or taken workshops beforehand. For this event, our storytellers have not rehearsed, planned, or scripted their ideas-- they just tell them as they are! Every month there will be a different theme.
Sign up starts at 6:45.
Not all stories may be appropriate for children under the age of 16.
Come to listen, share, and talk to some strangers.
Community at it's best.
Friday, October 21st: Soul Cocina Pop-Up Dinner, 5:00-8:30pm
If you haven't tried the amazing tamales we keep in stock you have been missing out. Miss out no longer! Come to this incredibly special pop-up dinner by the amazingly talented Silvana Rangel-Duque of Soul Cocina.
These images reflect just some of the delicious and nourishing food that comes out of Silvana's kitchen. Be sure to read more about her philosophy and see more of Soul Cocina's scrumptious offerings, here at her website.
Thursday, Oct 27:Anne DeChant - Americana, on tour, from Nashville, TN
Anne E. DeChant is a Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. Anne E. began her career, which now spans more than 20 years, as the dynamic lead singer for the folk-rock band, Odd Girl Out. Since going solo in 1997, DeChant has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums.
Known for the power of her live performance as well as the craft and the empathy of her lyrics, now with her latest Nashville release, “The Sun Coming In,” she emerges as one of Nashville’s premier story-tellers, with portraits of small-town, working class America that are alternately edgy and tender – sometimes both in the same song … and always real.
"...a passionate prophetess who has come in from the wild, rough edges intact and ready to rock." -No Depression
Preview Anne DeChant sound here
Friday, Oct. 28: The Stardusters, Jazz, 7:00-9:00PM
It's always a great night when our friends from The Stardusters come and play their toe-tapping jazz favorites. A group of accomplished and talented musicians playing some of the best jazz tunes to get your Friday night going - who could ask for more? All that's missing is a flugelhorn, oh wait- They have one! Come on down!
Check them out here!
Saturday, October 29th: Renzo Ortega, Latin Folk, 7:00-9:00pm
Singing songs of love and social conscience, Renzo Ortega has been performing as a solo act and with his New York band R-Tronika for over ten years. He's played many different venues including museums, festivals, art galleries, and DIY art spaces in New York, Texas, Chicago, Lima, Peru, Berlin, Germany and México City, Mexico. After 16 years living in New York he relocated to Carrboro, North Carolina in early fall of 2016.
The acoustic songs he will present at Johnny's Gone Fishing are a selection of his music catalog.
Check out this video of Renzo performing with R-Tronika here
Monday, October 31st: Duane Mark, Roots & Country, 7:00-9:00pm
Happy Halloween! Join us for a very country halloween!
With his whiskey rasp, Duane Mark sings stories of American life, the old west, the craziness of love, and the good ol' hard working man.
With a versatile writing style, his heart felt stories are delivered with a personal take on American Roots music.
Duane's 2nd full length album was recorded at the all analog studio, Fry Pharmacy, in Nashville and released in 2015.
Check out more here!