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JOHNNY NERI

-Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Harmonica

Johnny Neri lives and breathes music!

He started singing when he could talk and shortly after learned to play drums at the  age of five. He was given his first harmonica at eleven and started studying and practicing guitar and piano at eighteen. When he was sixteen he started singing at churches all over the South Bay . He continued this while playing professionally at coffee shops. After hundreds of shows playing Acoustic Rock and  Folk music, Johnny picked up an American Fender Stratocaster and gradually switched to Classic Rock as his main genre. He started playing at local clubs and private parties and has been for over thirty years.  Johnny is also available as a solo act or trio .

His infectious smile, raw energy and spine tingling passion on stage ignites crowds all over the  Bay Area and makes people  get up and dance. Soulful, gritty, melodic, intense vocals pour out of him with the sweet and bitter memories of the songs that have been a sanctuary for him throughout his life.

With over a thousand songs in his repertoire Johnny can cover  seven decades of Classic Rock, R&B, Pop Rock, Soul,  Country and Rockin’ Blues as well as other genres.

Johnny has been listening, playing and or studying music every day for thirty-six  years. His attention to detail and continuous drive for excellence is what sets him apart from other band leaders. He truly loves to make people smile and wants to please everyone.    It is what he lives for. ” Connecting people one song at a time is my mission in life”…… 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.