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 strongly suggested for the performer(s).
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Friday, Sept 16: Michael Burch, Original Acoustic Folk, 7:00-9:00pm
Michael Burch has been writing and performing for over 40 years. His "1st Wave West Coast Folk Rock Kinda Vibe" creates a throwback sound distinctive of the 60's and 70's. Michael has opened for The Byrds, Tom Rush, and others. Michael locally hosts the NC Songwriters "Songwriters Circle".
Michael Burch, Original Acoustic Folk
Preivew Michael Burch sound here
Saturday, September 17: Open Mic Night, 6:30-9:00pm
Bring your friends.
Bring some covers, or originals.
Bring your tambourines, guitars & voices - whatever you can find!
It will be a casual setting, and whether you're a veteran musician or a brand new poet, we want you there.
Open Mic sign up - 6:15pm
Wednesday, Sept. 21: Sissy Brown, Country, 7:00-9:00pm
Sissy Brown is a classically trained musician who traveled all the way from her hometown of Lawton, Oklahoma to Europe to hone her craft. It didn't take long for her to turn towards her country beginnings and find her own sound to be rooted in such country greats as Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn & Chris Stapleton, to name a few.
After being in successfully touring bands such as The Ramblin Resonators, playing high profile venues like The Viper Room in Los Angeles, living in many of the country's musical hotspots, and touring for 10 months straight in 2015, Sissy is happy to have found her roots again. This time they're on a small ranch in north Texas with her dog Jesco and some cows.
Check out Sissy's music here!
Saturday Sept. 24: CMF Kick Off w/ Andy Ferrell & Alexa Rose
Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Andy Ferrell's music "..hand crafted roots and Music City polish find balance in plangent guitar and a plain-spoken poet weaving his hypnotic spell." (2016) His new album, At Home and In Nashville, is aptly named, for it points to a long lineage of artists traveling between their homes in rural Appalachia and the neon lights of country music’s capitol, Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Boone, NC, Ferrell grew up in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the birthplace of Appalachian traditional music and the home of the great Doc Watson. Growing up in Watson’s shadow, and with a folk guitarist for a father, Appalachian roots play a large role in Ferrell’s music. What’s surprising about his new album is how far he has reached beyond these roots. On this album he focuses on country songwriting with a bittersweet edge, much like his heroes Hank Williams and Townes Van Zandt. Recording the album between Nashville and Boone, he blends old-time roots and folk songwriting with a more polished country sound that verges at times on Paul Simon-esque balladry. Sweet pedal steel rings through his sound, mixed in with rich vocal harmonies and songs that look to the hard truths of a working man’s life as much as to the vagaries of love.
At 19, Alexa Rose released her debut album, "North," which spoke to her folk influences and featured simple renditions of handmade songs on piano and guitar. The album’s premier track, “The Bear,” was featured on WVTF Public Radio’s “Back to the Blue Ridge” program, as well as other regional radio stations. Rose's new album, titled "Low and Lonesome" is due to be released later this fall. The album features accomplished regional musicians like Matt Smith of the Honeycutters, and JT Linville and Timothy Fisher of Pretty Little Goat Stringband. Channeling artists like Gillian Welch and Joni Mitchell, Rose's performances range from whiskey heartbreak tunes to upbeat, sunny waltzes.
We are so excited to have such talent to kick off what is sure to be an amazing festival.
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Sunday, Sept. 25: Carrboro Music Festival! 1:00 - 5:00pm
Johnny's is excited and proud to announce that we will be a part of the 19th Annual Carrboro Music Festival! This is sure to be a phenomenal event. We will have incredible food all day long. Worried about parking? No need. We will be a stop on the bus! Park and ride your way to a great afternoon of talented local musicians and the all-inclusive, family-friendly chill, quirky vibe that makes us who we are at Johnny's. We can't wait to celebrate with you!
For more info, go here!
Thursday, Sept. 29:Megan Saunders & The Driftless w/Katrina Barclay, Americana
This is sure to be a night of powerful & captivating performances. Megan and Katrina will play some solo material but they will also perform together on several songs. Megan's formidable songwriting and well-woven melodies combined with Katrina's emotional and dynamic vocals are sure to result in a not-to-be-missed experience.
On Megan, "Earplugs and a listening device and the plaintive original melodies of Megan Saunders can take you to an earthy, vintage, dreamlike setting. They will hold you there like a feast of comfort food with no bones to pick or rinds to peel or bitter tastes to distract--seamless pleasure. These are tunes evocative enough to enchant and warm and soft enough to cling to like sun dried sheets and a faded quilt fresh off a windblown line. They provide a portable alternate place to reside, a mind state that you want to take along even when traveling aimlessly, driftless."
On Katrina, "She fills each second with just the right amount of sound and emotion, finding a perfect balance between the communal relationships that the genre so often establishes and the deeper connections that the best singers manage to create with their audience. Her latest record, "Element," is full of these moments, and is a resounding success of emotional commonality and expansive lyricism." - Joshua Pickard
Friday, Sept 30: An acoustic sampling by The Plate Scrapers, 5:00-5:45PM
Check out this fantastic bluegrass band in an informal setting as they gear up for their show later this evening. Don't worry folks, it's all after Johnny's is cozied up and put to bed! Come on down to hear them play and find out where you can see more of them!
Check out more about them here!
Constellation - Contemporary Folk, 7:00-9:00pm
Constellation is the duo consisting of the husband and wife team, Eric Thomas and Helen Wolfson. Eric is a singer/songwriter/guitarist and Helen plays the hammered dulcimer. Together they play a mix of contemporary and traditional folk instrumentals along with a generous sampling of their original songs and instrumentals. The occasional country or blues tune might get thrown into the mix to make for a musically diverse and enjoyable show. Their original work includes lyrical and catchy instrumentals, topical songs, and ballads. Eric's very own genre, which he calls “Occupational Angst Music,” is a humorous treatment of life in corporate America. From the blues on the hammered dulcimer through high-energy instrumentals to a string-bending guitar leads played against folk and Celtic standards, Constellation covers a lot of ground!
Preview sound and video here
Friday Sept. 30th: Lost Boys Food Truck
After launching a successful catering company in 2014, Lee and Dustin Pollard have added a restaurant on wheels to the mix. Their food truck, Lost Boys, features international street food. Professionally trained culinary chef, Lee, and sous chef Dustin, have developed a menu offering food flavors from around the world, including Colombia, Asia, and Portugal, reminiscent of travels the brothers have taken throughout the years. The boys bring their southern hearts into their cooking, sourcing local, North Carolina ingredients whenever possible.
These guys love to cook, and they're really good at it. Taste and see. Never, never bland.
Check out their menu HERE!