Morley, the multi talented singer/songwriter, breathes sensuality into activism with her unabashed love songs, humorous takes on life, and worldly lyrical stance couched in her warm and soulful sound that ranges wide with influences from rock, soul, and world music. Morley has performed all over the world, and most recently had the distinct honor of presenting at TEDWomen. Her song “Women of Hope” (video by Damani Baker “Still Bill”) has been featured in several Nobel Women’s Initiative documentaries and has brought her before many world leaders and policy makers.
Country Joe McDonald, Woody Guthrie 100th Anniversary
In his highly entertaining Tribute to Woody Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald deftly conveys all the charm, talent, and social and political consciousness of the legendary folksinger from Oklahoma. This Tribute incorporates all the good stuff, and the hard stuff, including Woody’s sad decline from the disease he inherited from his mother, union struggles during the Great Depression, migrant life on the trail from the Dust Bowl to California, where you’re in trouble if you don’t have the “Do Re Me,” a great Woody tune McDonald sings in the show. Country Joe brings to life Woody Guthrie, his fath
Bees Deluxe is a full-tilt, acid blues/funk/rock collective comprised of Boston-based musicians. Their unique repertoire includes over three sets of floorboard-stomping originals and 60s, 70s, and 80s covers from Little Feat, The Meters, Billie Holiday, Derek Trucks, Donny Hathaway, Steely Dan, B.B.King, ZZ Top, Robben Ford, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Mayfield, Albert King, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Jimi Hendix, SoulLive, Roy Buchanan, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Herbie Hancock, Derek & the Dominoes, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
The Boston area has been a haven for blues enthusiasts for as long as anyone can remember. And, for over a quarter-century, the longest running area Blues Jam takes place right here at Johnny D’s. Young and old, veteran or just starting out, there is a spot for all on our Sunday afternoon jams. And because the Blues is a wide spread idiom, we make a point of welcoming both electric and acoustic, Delta, Chicago, Piedmont, rural or citified, all are invited. There is always a host to help coordinate the activities and take a few laps.
Booty Vortex’s knack for performing vibrant high energy funk, soul and disco precedes their reputation as the craziest party people you can cram on a stage. Lots of fun with this retro disco funk band tonight- they nail the stuff, and do it with great good humor and gusto. Come check out their elegant threads, too! Guaranteed to have the place in an uproar by the second song.
The old adage "big things come in small packages" has perhaps never been more fitting for an artist than in the case of jENNiNGS, the one-name moniker of New York-based singer, songwriter and pianist Mary jENNiNGS.
Mango Blue blends an exciting mixture of musical styles to create a refreshing new sound in Afro-Latin and World music, through songs of celebration and social conscience. Mango Blue is a high-powered, all original music ensemble based in New York City, that has delighted audiences and promoters alike, throughout the Americas with its infectious sound.
Khaira Arby is the reigning queen of song in Timbuktu, Mali. She’s been writing and singing in the indigenous languages of her Sahara Desert region — Sonrhai, Tamaschek, Bambara, Arabic — for decades. Her robust voice, roiling grooves and direct lyrics, often addressing sensitive issues, have made her a legend in her own time. Arby’s debut international CD release (Timbuktu Tarab) and her first U.S. tour are giving Americans their first glimpses of a desert rose. But, as they’ll discover, that rose has both a beautiful crimson flower and razor-sharp thorns.
Magos is one of Hungary’s brightest and upcoming bands in the Hungarian folk music scene. They are a part of the generation of folk musicians who may be the last links to the line of great masters of folk music who lived and preserved folk music for centuries, in the remotest villages of Hungary and Transylvania. Now it is their generation who are called to keep the authentic folk music alive and pass the heritage to future musicians. The musical philosophy of Magos is to learn and present Hungarian folk music in its archaic form and share it with future generations.