Archive for May, 2012
Trillium Connect in Highbridge Hills, Wisconsin was such a FUN time- with heat wind and Sunday rain washing away the dust coated cars and tents. Everyone Jon Eric chatted with was geared up for the summer festival season which is now upon us. HUGE thank you’s sent out to Useful Jenkins (Mankato, MN) — Dead Larry (Minneapolis, MN) & Smokin Joe Scarpellino (of Dead Larry) for having the “Banjo Ninja” sit in, along with doing his own solo set. Such a giving time to friends who attend when notes can be shared with others.
THIS weekend holds exiting and brand new places Jon Eric has not played yet— LAWRENCE, KANSAS!
Jon Eric will be giving a FREE show to those who wish to attend at Barnyard Beer
Also there is a press write up HERE
Doors @9pm on 5/25/2012
There will be fun times for those seeing 1st hand how these tunes are constructed and built from the ground up.
Texturing one instrument or voice into another until the end result being an all out “SONIC BLISS”.
Friends of The Opera House and Future History are kicking-off a benefit concert series at the historic Clermont Opera House. The goal being to raise funds for stage and light renovations; so that the arts can be just as much a draw for Clermont as our river and bike trail system. These will showcase diverse local as well as national talent. By coming together for the enjoyment of music and art we can save and continue to benefit from this piece of our history.
The inaugural event is scheduled for Saturday May 12th. All ages show starts at 5pm, doors at 4pm. Ticket price is $10 available at the door. All proceeds go towards stage renovation. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.
A nationally touring independent artist based in Chicago,
Jaik plays 200+ shows per year! And has had his songs
written about in the Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune,
and featured on Neil Young’s website. His 4-octave voice
stretches out in vocal solos, scatting & beatboxing; over
his high-energy acoustic guitar work on songs which are
both accessible and lyrically intriguing. www.reverbnation.com/
Best known for his banjo skills, this multi-instrumentalist has
become a legend in pushing the boundaries of what the banjo
can sound like. Jon’s expertise also includes guitar, vocals,
dobro, and percussion. Currently residing in Iowa City, Jon is
closely involved with community activities as well as being a
nationally touring artist. Jon WILL change your perception of
how the banjo should “sound.” www.jonericmusic.com
Having a singing and song writing career that
spans decades, Patsy is a jewel of northeast Iowa.
Always on tour playing festivals, bars, & community
events her real-life sounds have touched the hearts
of thousands she has met along the way. Her voice
is beautiful and her guitar work is fierce. Do not miss
Art Installation by Andrew Phelps of Warped Gallery
All of his contemporary, abstract paintings are original pieces, and are either U.V. light reactive or are self-illuminating. Paintings will be available for purchase.www.warpedgallery.com
Big thanks to KPVL The Blend for providing air-time and support to promote this event! Check them out, and all their events, @ www.891theblend.org
Sound, lights, and engineering provided by Future History Productions, Clermont, IA
Remember MOTHER NATURE on Mother’s Day!
The 5th of May was the biggest full moon of the year. Jon Eric started that day with music in mind as he drove to Grinnell, Iowa to play at Saints Rest Coffee House (which supplies the “Jon Eric Banjo Blend” Coffee). After starting the music off around 10am challenges of adding the instrumental parts and vocal harmonies were met with ninja like accuracy. The concert was only supposed to last a few hours but Jon Eric was in a “zen like- sonic bliss” . 6 hours and 25 min later after creating songs from the ground up. As Jon Eric packed the equipment up and found a 7 year old little boy named Peter come through the door of this Grinnell, Iowa coffee shop with his mother. Seeing the boy needed a smile, Jon Eric signed one of the posters then played a few more tunes just for him. The banjo can bring smiles that no other instrument matches.
After packing up then driving to Pella, Iowa for Tulip Days, Jon played for 3 MORE hours from 7-10pm at the Lamp Post Lounge! Jon really enjoys playing for people that have seen him for the very 1st time. Changing their perceptions of “how the banjo should sound”.