When reflecting back on what this coming Thursday (THANKGIVING) means to me,
I am most thankful for LOVE, friends, and adopted family that has been there through
every step of my journey- unconditionally.
* Am also grateful my hands still work to serve musically or otherwise.
* Am thankful my most important tool can be once again used.
(spot repair to the banjo scroll down)
The next line up of shows can be found on my event page HERE
Thank YOU for being a part of my life!
To explain with a kind cool heart of the events may take some doing
so PLEASE read carefully.
Being that this was the anniversary of my father’s passing (USMC-ret. November 8, 2006) so there was almost giddy anticipation in seeing friends and fans I have not caught up with since July. Really looking forward to playing back up in Minneapolis, MN at a wonderful venue called the Whiskey Junction. Being all set up and ready to go I was approached by friends letting me know there was to be a warm up band. So I moved all the gear to the back of the stage so it was safely out of the way of the band doing music before my set. After their sound check they went upstairs to rehearse a few tunes. I went up got he stage, grabbed the banjo and climbed the stairs only to discover that the bridge had collapsed. Wondering instantly, “OK it dropped???”
Then I saw the break- 1st in the banjo then in my heart. See I had bought the banjo used out of my Mother’s memory after she had passed on as well. So doing music for a VERY modest living was about the ONLY way I found healing and loving energy in giving- Both in time & playing for ANYONE willing to listen.
The point to all this is that eventually I will be trying to obtain a NEW neck for it as it is being temporarily SPOT repaired so that the acoustic can make it through the rest of my tour. These necks are expensive and it unfortunately was uninsured do to most of the $ going into gas, “paying dues” & bills.
IF you wish to help in donating, The button is below.
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Until it gets fixed my tour and show WILL go on- but just be “modified”…
HUGE thank you to all the people coming together after Hurricane Sally.
My heart, and prayers go out to all of you on the east coast during these challenging times. If you can- PLEASE donate where needed.
Here is a video just uploaded to You Tube last night. “TOP LEFT”
Feel free to share and enjoy!
Also the UPDATED show schedule for NOVEMBER.
Hope to see all of you out and about before it really starts getting cold.
With all the bookings coming in for Jon Eric’s the fall season, here are the current updates
CURRENT dates Updated as of 10/31 (THIS date gets modified on the Face Book event page)Here’s to seeing you out and about at the shows below. There are some AMAZING line up acts at the festivals, so feel free to browse the links provided for all the information you need.
BUCKTOWN Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
November 2nd, 2012 @ 11:30 AM (MORNING) until ???
225 E 2nd Street
This event is OPEN to the public
Afterwards- They are going to allow me to play
***Note the SATURDAY date change
IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Chamber Work with Winds
BETTENDORF PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Whiskey Junction
IOWA CITY YACHT CLUB
Meadows Ave Tap
After doing so many shows this fall, it’s nice to get balance and advise from my musical friends and family as to the direction the music journey flows to.
This week is exiting with an interview on KRUI-FM this Tuesday evening
on LOCAL TUNES with Jason Larson! Jason was actually the one who coined
the phrase “BANJO NINJA” and with the solid, clean, playing accuracy &
sitting in with several bands throughout the U.S. on festivals – it stuck!
THIS Thursday October 4th, 2012
Iowa City Yacht Club
from 8pm-11pm (all ages)
Those wearing a Banjo Ninja or Peace Love Banjo shirt get in FREE!
Feel free to share or bring friends to this RARE solo Iowa City show.
Other Press on this show includes the URL links below:
FACEBOOK event page:
KCRG / Cedar Rapids Gazette – Hoopla section
The Iowa City Press Citizen
Here are some upcoming shows right around the bend.
Really hope to see you all out and about for some of these events!
Check the websites for the AMAZING line-up’s and all your details needed.
Cold Spring, MN
July27th – 29th 2012
(with Blue Martain Tribe)
Des Moines, IA
August 3rd, 2012
Southside Artisan Festival 2012
(NOTE-no website but Jon Eric will be playing 4 HOURS worth of music
in 2 separate sets along with local and regional artists in painting and print!)
2108 Grandview Ave
August 11th, 2012
Bettendorf Public Library
August 18th, 2012
11564 Kinfolk Road, Eldridge, MO 65463
August 31 – Sept 3rd 2012
Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival
Sept 7th – 9th 2012
So mark those calendars and keep checking back to see show updates as they come in!
Keep your ears out for and NEW tour & cd coming out in early FALL.
Thank you all so much for those that came out to the SLOW DOWN & SAVOR WASHINGTON event!
Jon Eric’s “formal” set at JP’s 207 from 7-9pm on 6.9.2011 was fun, but then he continued the after-party for those who worked so hard to bring you this event. After about 6 hours of playing and all the cds of “That Was Then- This Is NOW”
gone for those that wanted them- much fun was had by all who attended.
POSTED and Video recording by: Shave Hargas
I got the chance to hang with the banjo ninja a while back at a show in Chicago, and shot this groovy lil jam outside the venue during setbreak. Great times, great show, great people! Nuthin’ but love! — with Jon Eric at Reggie’s Rock Club, Chicago, IL.
See video below:
Dragonfly by Jon Eric
Jon Eric wants each and every one of you had a wonderful and SAFE summer!
There are many surprises right around the corner with live performances and BRAND NEW instruments brought into the mix of his live sound. This banjo work he has been up to for the past few years is just the taste of icing on the musical cake!
So gear up, spread the word, and as the circles shrink and cross- YOU will be ready for it!
He also wants to thank SYSTEMS Unlimited and the Iowa City Free Lunch Program for allowing him to play for the good folks there. He urges, “If you can afford to give (especially by donating your TIME), lives CAN be changed!”
Enjoy this Video from the Bucktown Revue”
1/21/2011 At The River Music Experience
While surroundings, friends, or situations outside ourselves change from year to year-
we evolve into the people we wish to be.
As there is just as much to be TRULY Thankful for, many of us loose sight of those who don’t have as much.
So here is your challenge everyone. Take a moment everyday and DO for someone. Could be as little as a smile or a sincere gift of your TIME. The best things in life can NOT be bought or require any kind of price. Try your best to bring out the positive in people. There are many in need in your own community. You walk by them and see them in your daily lives. Believe me the most important lessons learned this past 2 years for me is how much is in me to GIVE MORE.
Wishing you only LOVE, LIGHT, and MUCH RESPECT (anything else can only be built on those 3 truths)
Banjoistically yours, Jon Eric