Conan O’Brien Musicians Perform at JBG Fundraiser
Before they joined Conan O’Brien’s television band, guitarist Jimmy Vivino, bassist Mike Merritt, and drummer James Wormworth toured internationally and recorded with Johnnie Johnson.
All three have been interviewed for the documentary and in the spirit of supporting the project these world class musicians will perform at The Sheldon Concert Hall for “Johnnie’s Jam: A Tribute to Johnnie Johnson”, a fundraiser for the music documentary-in-progress JOHNNIE BE GOOD. Vivino, Merritt, and Wormworth have performed with the likes of B.B.King, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Branford Marsalis, Robert Palmer, Pete Townsend, Bruce Springsteen, Tony Bennett, James Brown, Phoebe Snow, Cissy Houston, Al Kooper, The New York Rock and Soul Revue with Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald, Levon Helm, Wynton Marsalis, Cyndi Lauper, Keith Richards, Rufus Wainwright, Bo Diddley, Trisha Yearwood, Michael McDonald, and Isaac Hayes.Opening musical act is LA singer/songwriter Dona Oxford with The Johnnie Johnson Band. Dona was a protege of Johnnie’s. Oxford has performed with such legendary performers as Keith Richards, Buddy Guy, Levon Helm, Bob Weir, Hubert Sumlin, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Sam Lay, Jimmy Vivino, Kenny Neal, Shirley Dixon, Shemekia Copeland, Popa Chubby, Bernard Allison, Willie Kent, Jody Williams, Jimmy Johnson, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti, and her idol, Johnnie Johnson!Every musician on stage that night will have a direct link to Johnnie Johnson and they’ll share their stories about the man behind the legend. It promises to be a special night. Filmmaker Art Holliday will discuss his seven year documentary project about the life and music of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician Johnnie Johnson and show excerpts from the film-in-progress.Details and ticket info coming soon. Hope to see you September 19 at The Sheldon!The journey be good!Art Holliday/Director JOHNNIE BE GOOD