bestnom1000x50

johnny d's

Latest Articles

GIANTCONCERTS_IRB_list

More jazz to catch live

Here are just a few upcoming jazz events that should be on your calendar.
Mark your calendars
By JON GARELICK  |  October 28, 2011
hambridge-list

Tom Hambridge | Boom!

Roots rock is the new country and ex-Bostonian Tom Hambridge is the style's current MPV.
Black Rose Records (2011)
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  August 26, 2011

[live review] Swamp Dogg @ Johnny D's


The word around the room was that SWAMP DOGG hadn’t played in these parts since the Lowell Folk Fest of 2010. Before that, no one...
By Jon Garelick  |  July 15, 2011
MP3 of the Week: The Macrotones "Flutenbier"

MP3 of the Week: The Macrotones "Flutenbier"


Although the MACROTONES aren't niche snobs who get aggravated with the “world music” label often thrust upon them, vague pigeonholes hardly do justice to this...
By Chris Faraone  |  June 02, 2011
FOTO_021811_Godfathers_list2

Photos: The Godfathers at Johnny D's

The Godfathers play Johnny D's on February 16, 2011.
The Godfathers | Johnny D's | February 16, 2011
By K. BONAMI  |  February 18, 2011

Mitch Easter brings his old-school Pro-Tools

Could some of rock's greatest albums possibly be produced in somebody's home studio, a by-product of the Garage Band generation? Underground-rock producer/nerd Mitch Easter doesn't think so.  
Studio affects
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 18, 2011


The English Beat at Johnny D's


The English Beat peppered their two-hour-plus show with comments about the ’80s at Johnny D’s Tuesday night, but you wouldn’t call what they had to...
By Jon Garelick  |  January 05, 2011
MUSIC121010_Jansch_list

The historical strum of Bert Jansch

There was a time not too long ago when British folk-music titan Bert Jansch would have been remembered mostly as a footnote in pimple-faced Led Zeppelin mythology.
Folk lure
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  December 10, 2010

MP3 of the Week: Debo Band "Lantchi Biye"


Few Boston bands can look back on as crazy a year as Ethio-pop consort DEBO BAND — two trips to Addis Ababa and Zanzibar, a...
By Matt Parish  |  November 18, 2010

[live review] Luísa Maita @ Johnny D's


It's a funny thing about live music. Where's the added value over a recording? Sometimes it's being in the physical presence of a hero. Sometimes...
By Jon Garelick  |  November 11, 2010
102910_GIANT_list

Cuban and Brazilian imports, plus homeboy Ran Blake

Groove isn't everything, but it'll do.
Groove again
By JON GARELICK  |  October 29, 2010


1010_fewell-list

Variable density

To call what Garrison Fewell does with his Variable Density Sound Orchestra "free jazz" doesn't quite fit the bill.
Garrison Fewell, live at Johnny D's, October 13, 2010
By JON GARELICK  |  October 15, 2010
Eric Hofbauer and his Infrared Band at Johnny D's

Eric Hofbauer and his Infrared Band at Johnny D's


Known in part for his collaborations with fellow guitarist Garrison Fewell and as a member of Charlie Kohlhase's bands, Eric Hofbauer has for the latter...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  September 09, 2010
Love in Stockholm at Johnny D's

Love in Stockholm at Johnny D's


In the coming months, Allston funk-fusion band Love in Stockholm have big plans that include a regional, multi-city tour and a debut full-length out October...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 18, 2010
Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club and Sonic Explorers at Johnny D's

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club and Sonic Explorers at Johnny D's


It's a night for musical explorers - in this case, a really sweet one. Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club, from the avant-leaning saxophonist, is one of...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  August 11, 2010
OTR070210_peterparcek_list

Peter Parcek | The Mathematics Of Love

Blues musicians have been recycling the same ol' same for so long that it's easy to forget just how exciting blues can be. Guitarslinger/singer Peter Parcek's thrill-a-minute The Mathematics of Love is a reminder of that.
Redstar (2010)
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  July 02, 2010


Sleepy LaBeef returns to Johnny D's

Sleepy LaBeef returns to Johnny D's


The genre name doesn't begin to do justice to the human jukebox born Thomas Paulsley LaBeff in Smackover, Arkansas, nearly 75 years ago (birthday July...
By webteam  |  June 30, 2010
Ben Monder with Bill McHenry at Johnny D's

Ben Monder with Bill McHenry at Johnny D's


Guitar wizard and equally talented composer Ben Monder - profiled in the June 18 "Giant Steps" - comes to Johnny D's for a performance of...
By webteam  |  June 22, 2010
1006_monder-List

Guitaristic

As guitar heroes go — even jazz guitar heroes — Ben Monder flies under the radar.
Ben Monder's unique space
By JON GARELICK  |  June 18, 2010
1006_subcult_list

Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
Variable Density Sound Orchestra at Johnny D's

Variable Density Sound Orchestra at Johnny D's


An excellent double bill of poised avant-jazz at Johnny D’s: guitarists Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer in their by-now well-honed duo format, followed by Fewell’s...
By webteam  |  June 09, 2010


Richard Buckner at Johnny D's

Richard Buckner at Johnny D's


We're not sure we'd ever want to hang out with the great, if perpetually sad, songwriter Richard Buckner for the long term - too depressing,...
By webteam  |  May 26, 2010
Carlos Varela at Johnny D's

Carlos Varela at Johnny D's


A man sometimes called “Cuba’s Bob Dylan,” Carlos Varela has been in the news in recent years as much for his activism as for his...
By webteam  |  May 05, 2010
Graham Parker & The Figgs

Graham Parker & The Figgs


Legendary UK songwriter Graham Parker is at Johnny D’s in Davis Square to celebrate the release of his new Imaginary Television, which offers theme songs he wrote for...
By webteam  |  April 21, 2010
Mr. Something Something at Johnny D's

Mr. Something Something at Johnny D's


Mr. Something Something play good ol’ fashioned Afrobeat — rockin’ horn section, chunky ju-ju guitars, sing-along vocal choruses. The Toronto band — who made headlines a...
By webteam  |  April 14, 2010
MP3 of the Week: Michael Tarbox, "Have You Been to the City?"

MP3 of the Week: Michael Tarbox, "Have You Been to the City?"


 Best known for the stomping blues and Appalachia-tinged roots rock of his Tarbox Ramblers, MICHAEL TARBOX takes a bit of a detour with his new...
By webteam  |  March 19, 2010


Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club expands at Johnny D's

Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club expands at Johnny D's


The two-drummer septet Charlie Kohlhase's Explorer's Club expands to include trumpeter Jerry Sabatini and percussionist Mike Connors (adding timpani, glockenspiel, and vibraphone to the mix)....
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010
Big Sam's Funky Nation at Johnny D's

Big Sam's Funky Nation at Johnny D's


In our estimation, you can never get too much New Orleans funk - in this case, Big Sam's Funky Nation, who, fronted by former Dirty...
By webteam  |  February 03, 2010
NYE-2009-cat-thumb

52 ways to leave 2009

Your usual lackadaisical approach to New Year's Eve — just see what happens and go with the flow — is not going to cut it this year. Sure, the end of this decade may not have the same kind of new-millennium pressure riding on it as the last one, b
Get your New Year's Eve down to an Auld Lang science.
By SHAULA CLARK  |  January 01, 2010
Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra Residency

Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra Residency


One of the sweetest developments on the Boston jazz scene of late has been the first-Sunday residency of the Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra at Johnny...
By Ian Sands  |  December 30, 2009