Jungle Gardens Presents: Music Under the Oaks featuring Johnny Nicholas trio with special guest David Greely
To see Johnny Nicholas perform is to hear a passionate singer with a rich warm baritone, singing a song he wrote that expresses feelings you know very well. His guitar shimmers and purrs with skills absorbed firsthand from masters of the Golden Age of the blues. They were his close friends. He pours those same skills into his harmonica, his piano, AND his mandolin. Conversation stops. Every head turns, and every eye focuses. Every ear drinks his music in- moved and refreshed by the spell he weaves.
Johnny’s history and pedigree are enormous. The list can be distracting. His years with Asleep at the Wheel earned him a Grammy Award. Big Walter Horton, Johnny Shines, Lazy Lester, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and Robert Lockwood Jr. were his pals. He made pilgrimages to South Louisiana to visit and play with Nathan Abshire and Dewey Balfa and all their friends. To Johnny, Nathan Abshire was more than a great Cajun accordionist and singer- he was the quintessential blues man. But Johnny does not need this list to validate what he does onstage. He pulls it all together into his spell so that the music of real Texas cowboys and oil workers, Mississippi expatriates in Chicago, and South Louisiana dance hall heroes are all channeled into his sound.
Maybe you haven’t heard of him. Eric Clapton has, as well as Jimmie Vaughan, Marcia Ball, Delbert McClinton and many others who follow every move he makes. Johnny Nicholas, a performer’s performer, will be at the Jungle Gardens "Music Under the Oaks" concert series at Avery Island on Thursday, March 16. He’ll be joined by his band of elite Austin sidemen and David Greely on fiddle. Take a ride and be amazed by Johnny Nicholas.
Time: Open (lawn-style) seating will begin at 4 pm.
Location: Jungle Gardens
Ticket Price: $20.00
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