Johnny A. Just Me...And My Guitars
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JOHNNY A. JUST ME...AND MY GUITARS
DATE Saturday, October 13, 2018
TIME 8:00PM (Doors 7:00PM)
VENUE
9 Wallis (see map & parking)
9 Wallis Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Venue Details
TICKETS ALL AGES RESERVED SEATS $35.00, $40.00
WATCH VIDEOS

20th Anniversary Homecoming Show
Celebrating the British song book of the 60's

To quote the London Free Press (Johnny A. is...) "a musician who resists easy categorization and that's always cool by us."

And as JAZZIZ Magazine so perfectly stated, "Johnny A. has eclectic musical vision and the skills to realize it... A.'s music is both accessible and sophisticated."

Don't miss this rare and unique opportunity to see Grammy Nominated, Boston Music Hall of Fame Inductee and one of America's finest instrumental guitarists, Johnny A., up close and personal.

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JOHNNY A. Just Me...And My Guitars

Lots of folks throw around the phrase "let the music do the talking," but only a few have the fortitude to really do it - to just go out there and play, shunning flash, shrugging off image and reeling in the listener on the strength of the songs alone.

Johnny A. is that kind of performer. For the better part of three decades, the Massachusetts--based guitarist and bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from working--class bars to international amphitheaters - and every sort of venue in between. And when the house lights are turned up, he's just as adept at captivating serious students of the six--string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name placed on a signature Gibson® guitar.

"I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist," he says "You can be a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while...but what people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody."

For nearly 20 years Johnny A. has travelled the world effortlessly gliding through, bending and blending, musical genres to deliver his own unique style of guitar instrumental music.

While Johnny has been a bandleader for most of his career, he opted to work alone on this outing. That take-no-prisoners attitude has been ingrained in Johnny A. since he first set foot on a stage, whether as leader of locally-acclaimed Boston acts like Hearts on Fire or in the company of acclaimed artists like J. Geils frontman Peter Wolf - whose band he anchored for more than seven years. It fully came to the fore in 1999, when he independently issued his first solo album, Sometime Tuesday Morning - a disc that eventually went on to sell 100,000 copies and spawn "Oh Yeah," a single that topped the AAA charts (a feat no instrumental song had accomplished in more than a decade).

"When I was in my early bands, I sang, but when I was with [Peter Wolf], I came down with a severe bronchial infection resulting in an extreme case of laryngitis and my singing voice never recovered completely," he says. "I made a conscious decision at that point to focus on instrumental music. I re-evaluated how I played, redefined my approach completely."

That new approach won plenty of accolades from outlets like the Boston Phoenix, which dubbed him "a singular presence on the Boston rock and pop scene, winding jazz, blues, popular tunes, rock, and flourishes of psychedelic improvisation into a tight, passionate ball." The success of Sometime Tuesday Morning led to a second release, Get Inside, which brought forth a radio hit in the form of the title track and earned a spot on the Grammy ballot that same year- and drew the folks at Gibson®, who approached Johnny to collaborate on a custom guitar, the second best selling signature model in the company's illustrious line of instruments.

Ever the restless spirit, Johnny A. continues to glide across genres effortlessly, exploring elements of jazz, soul and even a bit of Chet Atkins--styled country on his instructional DVD Taste, Tone, Space, which was released in 2006.

That stylistic fluidity got front and center placement on Johnny's 2010 release, the live CD--DVD package One November Night, which captures just such a riveting evening for posterity and proves that, in the words of Premiere Guitar Magazine, " Johnny A.'s magic crosses over because, like [Bill] Frisell, he doesn't just play guitar -- he plays music." That year he earned a Blues Artist of the Year award at 2010's Boston Music Awards.

The journeying continues on the 2014 appropriately--titled Driven, a veritable sonic travelogue that takes the listener from the mists of the hypnotic opener "Ghost" through the rough--hewn terrain of "The Arizona Man," before fading out in the mysteriously lovely sepia tones of "Gone (Like a Sunset)."

"My goal was to make a really lyrical album that would stay with people, not an album that would make people think 'wow, that guy's a great guitarist,'" he says. "I'm not interested in blowing someone's head off with my playing, or showing how I can shred. With my favorite guitarists, I always tried to put my finger on how I could pick them out of a crowd. You can have all the chops in the world and be voiceless - I always want to have a voice." And in 2014 Johnny A.'s "voice" was inducted into the Boston Music Hall Of Fame.

Never content with complacency, and always up for a challenge, Johnny again takes an adventurous musical left turn with his "Just Me...And My Guitars" performances to present his distinct, instrumental guitar approach for the very first time in a completely "solo" intimate atmosphere...combining his keen arrangement instincts and guitar skills with his adept understanding and use of effects for a high--wire, one man tour de force, performance in real time without a net!

To quote the London Free Press (Johnny A. is...) "a musician who resists easy categorization and that's always cool by us."

And as JAZZIZ Magazine so perfectly stated, "Johnny A. has eclectic musical vision and the skills to realize it... A.'s music is both accessible and sophisticated." "Devotion to melodies, tight dynamics and succulent tones perfectly temper Johnny's balance of fire and ice."
-- Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World

"Johnny A. has his own signature guitar--and seemingly scores of signature guitar sounds at his fingertips. If he had trouble focusing on a particular style as a budding musician, the attention deficit is paying off handsomely now."
-- Mike Joyce, Washington Post

ABOUT 9 WALLIS

9 Wallis
9 Wallis Street, Beverly MA - next to the Larcom Theatre
National Touring Artists
Regular performances by national touring artists
9 Wallis Stage
The most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston's North Shore
Crescent shaped solid oak bar
Crescent shaped solid oak bar
Fine Wines, Local Craft Beers, Specialty Cocktails & Top Shelf Spirits
Serving Fine Wines, Local Craft Beers, Specialty Cocktails & Top Shelf Spirits
9 Wallis Stage
Comfortable cabaret-style seating at elegant tables
Corky Laing and his band
Up close and personal
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert
Feel like you're part of the band
Jon Butcher's SOLD OUT CD Release Concert at 9 Wallis
Jon Butcher's SOLD OUT CD Release Concert at 9 Wallis
9 Wallis Stage
High-Five from Grammy-nominee Jon Butcher [photo by Michael Sparks Keegan]
Eric Gales SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Eric Gales SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
BARRY GOUDREAU'S ENGINE ROOM SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Barry Goudreau (formerly of BOSTON) and his new band, Engine Room SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert w/ Grammy-winners Charles Neville & Amadee Castenell
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert w/ Grammy-winners CHARLES NEVILLE & AMADEE CASTENELL
Barrence Whitfield with former Savages
Local Soul Star BARRENCE WHITFIELD and former Savages rock a sold-out crowd! [photo: Ted Reed]
Rock Legend Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN
Rock Legend Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN kicks off his 2017 US Tour at 9 Wallis
British Blues/Rock pioneer Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown CD Release Concert
Savoy Brown CD Release Concert
Gary Hoey
Rock Guitar God Gary Hoey's SOLD OUT Show!
Davy Knowles w/ Johnny A.
Davy Knowles SOLD OUT Show with surprise guest Johnny A.
Loretta LaRoche - Dinner and Comedy at 9 Wallis
Loretta LaRoche - Dinner & Comedy
Drum Shop North Shore Drum Hang
Drum Shop North Shore's Drum Hang w/Fabio Pirozzolo and Steve Mossberg
Dancing
Best Dance Floor on Boston's North Shore
Rev. Bennett
The Rev. Andre Bennett speaks at Beverly's Martin Luther King Community Breakfast JANUARY 2018
Roomful of Blues
5 Time Grammy Nominees Roomful of Blues at our Grand Opening APRIL 1 2017
Quentin Callewaert
Young Rising Star Quentin Callewaert at our Grand Opening APRIL 1 2017
Elegant seated dinner party
Appetizers for a private party
Elegant Buffet Dinner

About 25 miles north of Boston, award-winning 9 Wallis is a gorgeous, fully restored, historic location conveniently situated in the heart of Downtown Beverly's Arts District at 9 Wallis Street, right next to the Larcom Theatre -- less than half a mile from the Beverly Depot rail station and 3 miles from Route 128, with plenty of nearby parking (see map).

In April 2017, after 4 years of presenting over a hundred award-winning concerts at Beverly's Larcom Theatre, we transformed 9 Wallis into most intimate, elegant listening room north of Boston with comfortable seating at tables, plus food & beverage service offering fine wines, local craft beers, specialty cocktails (featuring local distilleries and all-natural juices) and top-shelf spirits.

In August 2018, 9 Wallis owners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, were presented with the Boston Blues Society's Keeping the Blues Alive Award for their work at 9 Wallis.

Because of its beautifully restored, tremendously flexible space (including the best dance floor on Boston's North Shore) 9 Wallis has become a favorite venue for fundraisers, private parties and corporate events. Local charities have raised thousands of dollars at 9 Wallis. We can book world-class entertainment, including national touring artists, for your event. Our stage, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting plus Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) 4K Video, can accommodate any performance or presentation. If you'd like someone to contact you about raising money for your charity CLICK HERE. If you want to book a party or corporate event CLICK HERE.

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There is plenty of nearby parking at 7 lots from 150 feet away to 3 blocks away. Lots are 25 Cents/Hour (see map). Street parking is more. All parking is FREE after 8pm and on Sundays.

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