Fundraising Concert for the Completion of JOHNNIE BE GOOD
Before they joined Conan O’Brien’s band, guitarist Jimmy Vivino, bassist Mike Merritt, and drummer James Wormworth toured internationally and recorded with Johnnie Johnson. These world class musicians will perform at The Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, for “Johnnie’s Jam: A Tribute to Johnnie Johnson,” a fundraiser for the final stages of the music documentary JOHNNIE BE GOOD.
Tickets for “Johnnie’s Jam” September 19 at 7 p.m. can be purchased at Metrotix 314-534-1111 Metrotix.comJimmy Vivino, Mike Merritt, and James 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.On September 19, 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. On New Year’s Eve 1952, band leader Johnnie Johnson hired a guitar player he admired named Chuck Berry and they became two of the creators of rock and roll, influencing The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. JOHNNIE BE GOOD is the story of the complicated relationship between two Rock and Roll Hall Famers: Chuck Berry, the brilliant lyricist and businessman, and piano man Johnnie Johnson, a master boogie woogie and blues keyboardist, complimented each other perfectly and collaborated on hits such as “Maybellene”, “Rock and Roll Music”, “No Particular Place to Go”, and “Roll Over Beethoven”. Only Berry’s name appeared on the writing credits and it will always be contested how many of Berry’s songs should have been co-credited to Johnson. Not even a lawsuit settled the debate. Eight members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame conducted interviews for JOHNNIE BE GOOD: Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Guy, Bob Weir, the late Bo Diddley, Joe Perry, and John Sebastian.Opening musical act at The Sheldon Concert Hall September 19 is LA singer/songwriter Dona Oxford with The Johnnie Johnson Band. Dona was a protege and great friend of Johnnie. Every musician on stage September 19 will have a direct link to Johnnie Johnson and they’lll share their stories about the man behind the legend behind the music. Tax deductible tickets for “Johnnie’s Jam” September 19 at 7 p.m. can be purchased at Metrotix 314-534-1111 Metrotix.comThe journey be good…..
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