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                                         -Lea

 

 JOHNNY NERIVocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica

-Johnny Neri lives and breathes music!

Johnny Neri was raised on Long Island New York. He moved to San Jose when he was 10. His father was an Italian opera singer so Johnny was singing when he began to talk. At the age of five he began playing the drums. He was given his first harmonica at 11 and began studying and practicing acoustic guitar and piano at the age of 18.

He became a music minister at the age of 16 and began singing in several churches around the South Bay. At the age of 21 Johnny began playing professionally at many coffee shops. He sang popular, nostalgic acoustic rock songs accompanied with his acoustic guitar and harmonica as audiences were captivated and transcended in time. This made him extremely happy and he knew it was his new calling.

Johnny now has  over 500 songs in his repertoire from many genres from the 50s to present.  A 100% live and pure sound without any distortion, from Bon Jovi to Bob Seger, The Beatles to Ed Sheeran and from  Led Zeppelin to Garth Brooks, Johnny has performed over 800 shows in the past 8 years with his solo, duo, trio, four piece and five piece band.  He can   please audiences of all ages and loves to take song requests at his solo acoustic shows.

Soulful, passionate, intense vocals pour out of him from the songs that have been a sanctuary throughout his life.

Each one of Johnny's shows is a powerful and emotional Journey. His passion for his music and his art shines through in the magic, intimacy and Nostalgia felt by the audience.

" Transcending the audience and seeing  their eyes light up when they hear a familiar song is what I live for."  Johnny Neri

The Band

 

Dennis Dove

-Drums and Vocals

There are not enough words to describe this extremely versatile and talented musician, Dennis Dove. His musical journey started at age ten when he began playing drums live on the radio and church with his brother Myron Dove (Santana) and guitarist friend Oliver Harris. In high school he furthered his talent in a variety of bands and in 1978 he picked up his roots and relocated to San Jose. 

His band the Tear Magnets experienced considerable success and a critically acclaimed CD.. He continues to entertain audiences with his invaluable musical and personal spirit and his efforts to promote live music are noteworthy. He has played live on the radio for a blues marathon and spends most of his time recording in the studio with various musicians releasing one of the best CD in Northern California.

He has opened for numerous bands; John Lee Hooker Sr, Kenny Neal, Pete Escovedo, War, Triumph, Ronnie Montrose, Dave Meniketti, Robben Ford and Tony MrALpine.

Dennis has performed at the San Jose Jazz Fest and Monterey Blues Fest also back stage with Y&T, Santana, and Tower of Power

 

Aaron Madsen

-Guitar, Vocals

Aaron Madsen has been playing guitar in original and cover bands for over 25 years. His performances have been written about in publications as diverse as Guitar Player Magazine and Business 2.0.  His playing and producing skills have been featured on over 100 releases in the past 20 years with his music heard throughout the world. 

 

Nat Shuirman

-Bass Guitar & Vocals

Nat has been performing and recording with Rock, Blues, Gospel, Soul and R&B artists throughout the Monterey and SF Bay areas for 25 years.

 

Erik Ian

-Keyboard & Vocals

Erik started playing piano at the tender and impressionable age of five, and was introduced into rock and roll shortly thereafter. Erik has been playing in original and cover bands for 15 years in the Bay Area and also spent time in Anchorage, Alaska.