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What were your 5 favorite shows at Johnny D’s?
Please feel free to add a couple lines about why these were special to you. AND…, if you are so inclined, list your favorite ALL TIME shows at Johnny D’s and why, or any special memories to share about it like; on the way back to your car, your Aunt Tessie walked into a telephone pole and had to have a plate put in her head.
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Thanks — JJ at Johnny D’s it’s never too late to respond…
Funny thing, one night I decided to celebrate my birthday at Johnny D’s and I met a guy from Plymouth who drives up at least once a month to see a band!! We started to date and we always met for dinner and the show. Well he’s gone and I’m still coming to Johnny D’s!!! My two favorites are Milo Z and Funky White Honkies!! See you Friday night.
I love the Porch Party Mamas, and I’m glad you’re bringing them back! There’s always some moment during the music, usually during "Killing the Blues" or "Love Bug," where you get that flash of nirvana that comes only with truly sublime music.
JD’s: The Graham Parker show of 9-11-08 was brilliant.
Over and Out.
From: Paula & Danny
Ok so this may or may not be my most favorite show but whenever I think of JD’s I think of the New Year’s Eve show with Mike Welch and Susan Tedeschi.
Other strong memories are:
- Maria Muldaur
- Geoff Muldaur
- Mike Welch at 11 years old at the Blue’s Jams
- Mike Welch any time
- Tiger’s Baku — WOW is all I got to say!!
- James Montgomery
- Micky Bones
- Pinetop Perkins — another WOW!
- 8 To The Bar — ended up becoming a groupie of that band!
- Tom Hambridge with all his band mates (many who are locals and show up when he’s in town) — always a treat to see him locally cuz we usually have to travel an hour away WC Handy Award Party
- Bruce Bartlet — haven’t seen him in ages but loved him
- CJ Chenier of course
Wish you’d get John Eddie — now he has a following!
Biggest regret — NOT seeing and hearing Ted Hawkins at JD’s
Thanks for asking!
5 Favorite Shows:
- TOP OF MY LIST, and my all time favorite…Milo Z !!! These guys just bring out the MOVES in the house! Ain’t no better funk to shake it to! Totally hot, totally tuned in to the crowd, and totally sexy-Milo Z’s the best show …can’t beat ‘em! They really add to your romance meter!!!! My husband and I leave Johnny D’s drenched in sweat every time they play!
- The Mystix…super fabulous sound! Joe’s voice reminds me of Dylan…kind of sultry and MYSTICAL! A great band to let you groove…. real smooth!
- Funky White Honkies…BIG entertainment here! CRAZY FUN! How can you not love a band that gets down on the floor with the crowd? Great mix of favorite funk,soul,R&B that keep us on the dance floor all night! And I love their clothes…very eclectic!!! Very funky white!
- Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles..love this band! They have a great rapor on stage and their tunes are cool. BIG sound outta them! We always love groovin to their music.
- James Montgomerey…CLASSIC…Super professional entertainment. James is hot harmonica blues perfecto! I get lost in the groove and hold my husband a little closer when James is in the house!
While it is hard to have favorites (for me) — I want to tell you that I enjoy the blues most of all. And once in a while — when a name act like Ricki Lee Jones or Allan Holdsworth or even Beatle Juice play — those really work well for me too.
All in all, I can only come weekends, so keep the best for those nights.
And get more blues players. How about Bonamassa or Johnny Winter? Love those blues guitar players…
I hope you never go out of business.
Keep up the good work.
I have the greatest Johnny D’s memory of ALL TIME.
Ronnie Spector playing… somehow… instead of a nice oldies band opening… we get… the "PEECOCKS"… playing rude, loud punk to a room full of suburbanites waiting for "Be My Baby".
When the singer came out… in a robe… with… shall we say… an "extention"… sticking out it… there was no Olympic sprinter faster than the legendary Carla DeLellis running from her seat at the bar to shut down the lights and sound, while screaming at the band… "Thats ENOUGH!"
Subject: Garifuna collective was a GREAT show
I only made it JD’s once in 2008, but it was memorable. Though Andy Palacio, their leader and founder, had died just a few months before their appearance, the band (Garifuna ) was wonderful, sharing this infectious music from Belize, involving the audience warmly with great musicianship and genuine pleasure of playing before such an appreciative crowd (a number of whom were Belizians). There were even a couple of guys from the crowd who helped out on percussion. Lots of audience dancing, singing and sweating — my kind of show!
— Harry, Needham.
The best show at Johnny D’s for me was the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Kim Wilson was incredible. Also that night he called up a special guest Ronnie Earl, wow what a night! I was representing the Boston Blues Society that night and was doing a review for our old magazine. I live on the South Shore and as you are well aware many good places have come and gone, I’m glad? Johnny’s has weathered the storm, probably because the food is great, you always have a variety of music, and well just everyone there is so delightful. Thanks so much!
Subject: My Favorite Show of All Time
My friend Elaine and I always try to see James Montgomery whenever he plays at Johnny D’s. Several years ago (5 or more I think) we showed up for a show and asked if we could join 2 guys who were sitting at a table right next to the stage. They graciously allowed us to join them. They were Blues fanatics, and the funniest guys to hang out with. We danced every dance, and they wrote some notes for me about suggested music venues to check out in New Orleans. Elaine and I went to New Orleans and took the list- we laughed and laughed remembering those guys and how much fun we had. Nothing romantic, just people who love Blues and love to dance!
That is what I love about Johnny D’s, everybody is so normal, they are there for the music, it is friendly and fun — thanks for each and every show!
- Harp blow out
- Duke Robillard
- Paul Rishell and Annie Raines
- Rupa and the April Fishes