Lighting industry house band The Swingin’ Johnsons once again performed at the Lighting Dimensions International trade show in Las Vegas. This year the group played outside the hall as part of the LDI Outdoors Celebration following the first exhibition day. Although it was a short set, there were many epic musical moments, and The Johnsons secured their spot as a band that will bend over backwards to entertain the industry. Singer / guitarist Bruce Jordahl commented, “It was a short gig but I think one of our better ones overall. Thanks to LDI and the crew for making this happen!”
The Swingin’ Johnsons are recovering nicely after playing an epic gig last weekend at Sidelines Sports Bar in Cedar Park, TX. Joining the band and the venue’s regulars were many members of Leander High School’s Class of 1982 graduates, on hand to watch fellow Leander Lion Robert Mokry lead the band through a tasty mix of introspective classics, feverish dance opuses(es) and other musical gumbo. The band played late into the evening, closing with ‘Play That Funky Music’, which caused the entire stage and bandstand to levitate and shake, rattle and roll. Stay tuned for more Johnsons gigs on the patio this summer, and thanks to all that came out!
The Swingin’ Johnsons will be performing live on the patio Friday night, July 1st at Sidelines Sports Bar in Cedar Park, TX from 7-ish to 10:30pm.
According to sources close to the band, the Johnsons are really going to mix it up a bit at their next gig. First, they are unveiling a host of material that will be largely unfamiliar to the regular crowd, including new dance material sure to please the ladies. Next, the group will be utilizing a new state-of-the-art Class D powered PA system for an even cleaner and more balanced sound. They have even brought in noted lighting designer Chip Bullock from India to focus the LED PARs for a classic ‘Studio 54’ look. It’s also been rumored that the band will no longer smoke or eat red meat on the bandstand. Finally the group is offering a ‘direct to the public one day only’ sale of CDs and apparel.
Sidelines is located at 200 Buttercup Creek Cedar Park, TX 78613. They offer great food and drinks, and a splendid time is guaranteed for all. The Swingin’ Johnsons are Robert Mokry (guitar, vocals, keyboards, harmonica, dobro and mandolin, harmonica, etc.), Bruce Jordahl (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Jason Rasberry (bass) and Spencer Clarke (drums and percussion).
The Swinging’ Johnsons will play their first gig of 2016 at Sidelines Sports Grille in Cedar Park, TX. The gig is this Saturday, March 12, from 7:00 to 10:30 PM. Sidelines has good food and is kid friendly, so feel free to bring the whole brood, as the Johnsons take over the patio for an evening of rock n’ roll, roots rock and tasteful, subdued guitar solos. Dew rags are optional. The Swingin’ Johnsons are Robert Mokry, Bruce Jordahl, Jason Rasperry and Spencer Clarke. For more information visit the venue’s website at www.sidelinescedarpark.com.
The Swingin’ Johnsons entertained audiences at the Robe stand both Friday and Saturday afternoon at LDI 2015 in Las Vegas, continuing a long tradition of performance at the show. The group closed the show both days, playing material from their ‘Size Matters’ and ‘Everything’s Bigger In Texas’ CDs. Drummer and Robe employee Thommy Hall replaced the screaming females on his drum kit with Robe logos, while LightParts owner and guitarist Robert Mokry rep’d his company colors in a clean LightParts shirt. Guitarist Bruce Jordahl was at the show on behalf of the Calzone/Anvil Case Company, who were celebrating their 40th anniversary at LDI. 4 Wall VP and bass player Scott Church was in fine form wearing little else other than a Tito’s pint bag. Church’s penchant for playing with his teeth caused Bruce to remark that “4 Wall must have one heck of a dental plan!” It was The Johnsons’ first time to play inside the exhibition hall, which was much more dense with smoke and atmospherics than usual. The Swingin’ Johnsons wish to thank all their friends and fans that turned out for the concerts.
ting industry musical group The Swingin’ Johnsons have announced they will play two live gigs at LDI 2015 in Las Vegas. The Johnsons will play Friday and Saturday from 4:30pm to 5:30 pm on the Robe booth (#2521) in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Opening for the group are The BRobes, a band comprised entirely of Robe employees.
The Swingin’ Johnsons have performed at more than a dozen LDI shows and events, including legendary performances at the Hard Rock Hotel, The House Of Blues, The Tropicana, The Glow Club and many other venues, but have not performed at the tradeshow since the LDI 25th Anniversary Party in 2012.
The band is comprised of Robert Mokry (LightParts), Bruce Jordahl (Calzone/Anvil Cases, High End Systems), Scott Church (4Wall) and Thommy Hall (Robe). PA and backline will be supplied by Yorkville. FOH Engineer Danny Garbett will be on hand to mix, while this year’s lighting design is by Nathan Wan.
Robe’s Thommy Hall commented, “This is going to really fun with an insane lighting rig. Hit me up for the after party information and have a great LDI!” For more information on The Swingin’ Johnsons, visit www.swinginjohnsonsband.com.
Last weekend, The Swingin’ Johnsons brought the PARTY to Sidelines Sports Bar and Grill in Cedar Park. Only the misters provided a cool-down from the patio heat. The crowd was awesome, and the band performed many bizarre requests throughout the evening. Furthermore, Jason played his first bass solo at a Johnsons gig. Bruce brought his True Temperament Franken-Telecaster and surf amp, Robert got pretty close to blowing up his amp, and Spencer didn’t sing any songs for his mom. In all fairness, he had significant A/C issues on his hands. Speaking of hands, lend us your support next month – the band returns to Sidelines on Friday, September 25th, so mark your calendars, put a reminder in your iPhone, and anything else to help us all remember! A splendid time is guaranteed for all.
The Swingin’ Johnsons will return to Sidelines in Cedar Park for their second performance at the best sports bar in Wilco. Sidelines Sports Grille is located at 200 Buttercup Creek Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613. The Johnsons (Robert, Bruce, Spencer and Jason) will take over the patio stage at 7:00 pm this Saturday, and will rock the house with the usual suspects and a few surprises. Word on the street is that Spencer will have a vocal mic this time around, so you know what that means …. backing vocal(s)! Come out and party with the Swingin’ Johnsons this Saturday; a splendid time is guaranteed for all!
There’s never been a better time to catch The Swingin’ Johnsons locally in the Austin, TX area. On Saturday July 25th the band is playing 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm at Sidelines Sports Grille in Cedar Park. The address is 200 Buttercup Creek, Cedar Park, TX 78613. This is the band’s first performance at the venue, so they implore you to come out and support the band. My advice to you is ‘Go North, Young Man’.
The ‘local’ Swingin’ Johnsons are Robert Mokry, Bruce Jordahl, Spencer ‘Beatle Paul’ Clarke and Jason Rasberry.
Swingin’ Johnsons drummer Thommy Hall has revealed that he has a new drum set. Known to change kits like some drummers change socks, Thommy’s new custom kit should come as no surprise; it is sure to make heads turn and eyes roll. Double kick drums with screamin’ Mimi graphics accentuate an otherwise sophisticated, reserved and professional set up. Hall commented, “I really like these drums, and you will too. When I hit ’em, you’ll get ’em. They’re Kentucky fried, so you’ll be mystified. And when I’m done you’ll be satisfied.” The band’s lead singer Bruce Jordahl said, “Why does Thommy need another drum set? Do we have a gig? Are we making a record? He doesn’t have a side project, does he? That’s not cool. And why does he sound like Jesse Jackson?” Bass player Scott Church added, “I am perplexed by this as well. We haven’t had a band meeting in a few years, but Thommy’s new kit makes me wonder if I missed one of them. It’s all good with me personally, and 4 Wall has no official statement – as of yet – on these developments. Bruce is really the paranoid one here.” The Johnson’s Robert Mokry points out, “Bruce is paranoid. He’s always accusing me of touching his knobs. Stay tuned for more hot news from your favorite lighting industry band The Swingin’ Johnsons!”