Benicia Historical Museum in association with Red Dragonfly Productions presents and all star line up of concerts for fall 2011. Don’t miss out on The Spenger Garden Music Series, celebrating its 3rd Season. Tickets can be purchased online with no service fees at beniciahistoricalmuseum.org, at Bookshop Benicia, at the museum gift shop or by phone at 707.745.5435.
Here’s is the schedule:
The Johnny Smith Group
“Sophisticated blues, jazz & rock fusion”
Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 8 pm
Doors open 7:30 pm
Benicia Historical Museum
2024 Camel Road
Benicia, CA 94510
$20 General Admission
707.745.5435 for tickets and information
The Johnny Smith Group Opens Outdoor Concert Series At Local Museum
Well known local guitar player and, Johnny Smith, kicks off the Spenger Garden Music Series at the Benicia Historical Museum with his special brand of sophisticated blues, jazz and rock fusion. The opening concert featuring The Johnny Smith Band is the third year for the series held in the museum’s scenic garden.
Smith’s sophisticated guitar driven blues is melded with upbeat rock rhythms and delivered with passion and gritty vocals. The artist’s three released CD’s are remarkable for their range – ranging from laid back swing jazz to lovelorn blues with reggae rock thrown in.
His CD’s include “Gentleman X” (2009), “San Francisco Bay Jazz” (2006) and “Just a Man” 2002. The hit “Love Is like a Rock” became #1 on radio request lines, and the song “Fortune Teller” received honorable mention in the Napa Valley Music Festival Song Writers Competition.
Johnny has won best performer 3 of 3 times at the Northern California Songwriters Association competition, and is a regular on live television and radio broadcasts.
Through all of his successes, Smith has never lost touch with his roots and still performs on the original Martin D-35 that he’s been playing since age 12.
Music is a family affair as Johnny’s aunt, Bonnie Bramlett, co-wrote and performs, along with Johnny’s cousin, Bekka Bramlett, on “Never even Thought About It,” on the 2009 album “Gentleman X.” With rocky legend Bonnie as his aunt, it’s no surprise that Johnny delights musical audiences as his sultry, soulful voice weaves through songs reminiscent of sophisticated blues melded with upbeat rock tempos.
The Johnny Smith Group
Sophisticated blues, jazz & rock fusion
High Octane Americana Music
The Great American Songbook
The Steve Freund Trio plus special guest
Classic Chicago Style Blues
Latin jazz and funk