Live @The Dock 10/7 6pm

 

                                                HAPPY HOUR at it’s most ironic

 

 

 

Johnny Dowd

“Sometimes music shouldn’t be easy, and instead should be mysterious, idiosyncratic and the work of a true maverick. So we should welcome the arrival of a new Johnny Dowd album. . . . Never a man to run from the truth, if there was any justice, this guy would be a legend.”

— Acoustic Magazine (UK), September 2016

“Imagine if Hank Williams had mutated into Captain Beefheart, acquiring a bunch of primitive electronic equipment along the way, and you’ll get some idea of where Johnny Dowd is at on Execute American Folklore. . . . Gloriously deviant.“

— Andy Gill, The Independent (London)

 

(Editors note: For those in the know, there’ll be a Party Here tonite!)

 

 

Live @PorchFest Sun. 9/24 4pm

John,Mike and Anna reunite to rock the neighborhood during PorchFest this week. at 304 E Marshall St.

Previous years:

PorchFest 2016

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PorchFest 2015

Johnny Dowd and The Sex Robots

“Dowd has dusted off the same drum machine that was the bedrock of 1997 debut Wrong Side of Memphis, concocting tart rhythms and overlaying them with distorted bursts of guitar and busy electronica.”- Uncut Magazine

2014

Additionally, Anna Coogan will be hosting three collaborative efforts on her porch (and handing out cupcakes!). The first set will feature Mary Lorsen performing old favorites and new songs from her new autobiographical theatrical project. Anna will sit in with her and possibly a visit from one or more Soubrettes. Then, Johnny Dowd takes the stage with a set that, in his own words, “won’t be for the faint of heart.” Anna’s hosting wraps up with her own project with Willy B. and Johnny Dowd that will feature songs from her upcoming CD “Anna Coogan & JD Foster: The Birth of the Stars” (CD Release November 15th). And, if you happen to wander by around 1pm, you might catch some vocal warmups with Anna and her students.

the southern tour

As a bit of a bloggish prelude to upcoming shows with Pere Ubu, here’s shots from John’s mini tour of the south in June. He played some crazy cool venues, and there were a few adventures…

 

First stop was Local 506 in Chapel Hill, a great show shared with local favorites Melissa Swingle and Ben de la Cour ( and that hot hamburger stand guy).

 

John and Mike had a whole day and night to recoup at the swanky Hotel BobNJackie. And no, they don’t take reservations.

123 Pleasant St. was a revisit (and reunion) for John.(Check out this CD of a previous show there). Once again he shared the stage, this time with The Furr and Captain Catfeesh.

It’s along drive to Nashville, so you gotta stop and eat in W Va. And if you gotta eat in W Va, you’d best go to Mama Kay’s.

In addition to food, there is employment, so John made a quick career change to tire salesman.

 

 

Hours later, having sold only one tire (to himself), profit margins proved slim,so it’s on to the Big Bucks at Mouthhole (F)ester.

 

You remember the Mouthhole, right, who had a fundraiser for Johnny’s fundraiser and wrote all those sick Name Songs for contributors? Johnny wrote a song for them, too,which you can find eventually if you scroll around his website

The Mouthhole (F)ester being dark and deep and awesomely funky, images were not so clear. As it should be in the best of underground venues.

(Johnny’s own take on the tour:

Just got back from a mini southern tour: Local 506 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown, West Virginia; and Mouthhole Festival in Nashville, Tennessee.All three gigs were a ton of fun. Mike Edmondson and I dubbed ourselves the Muggles Brothers for this tour. Jennifer Edmondson came with us and was a great help with the merch table. In Chapel Hill, I was able to visit with my sister and her husband who gave me an awesome madras jacket from the sixties! Thanks to the clubs for booking us and the people who came out to see us. Give yourself a big hand.

 

One of the highlights of the tour was an out-of-the-world lunch at Mama Kay’s in Princeton, West Virginia. The food was great, and the owners really made us feel at home. If you are in the area, check it out. Tell them Johnny sent you.)

 

In spirit of the upcoming Twinkle Twinkle album, here’s a thousand stars there’s plenty of time to make for yourself next time you drive from New York to Nashville and back. (Congrats to Ben & Jade).

JDF out!

 

 

Twinkle Twinkle Pere Ubu

important announcement?—my record of public domain tunes is now recorded[for the second time-the first version was awful]—it will be called [i think] TWINKLE TWINKLE–it’s pretty wack in a folky kind of way—look for me at the grammies—hang down yer head tom dooley yo

– Johnny Dowd

UPCOMING TOUR

Big news: I have some dates in November opening for one of my all-time favorite bands, Pere Ubu!

November 8: Club Cafe; Pittsburgh, PA
November 9: Hill Country DC; Washington, DC
November 21: Woodward Theater; Cincinnati, OH

Ticket links on my Tours page here.

Also, my new record, “Twinkle, Twinkle,” is being mixed and will be released in December. I’m heading to Europe in January.

See you down the road.

Johnny Dowd

Johnny Dowd: new album “Twinkle, Twinkle”

Johnny Dowd has finished recording an album with public domain tunes. It might be called Twinkle, Twinkle and will be released on his own label Mother Jinx Records:

Howdy all. I have finished tracking my new record, tentatively titled Twinkle, Twinkle. All the songs are in the public domain — “Tom Dooley,” “St. James Infirmary,” “Red River Valley,” “Rock of Ages” . . . you get the picture. It features Anna Coogan and Mike Edmondson on vocals. If you ever wondered what folk music would sound like in an electronic setting, this is it. I’ll release it on my own label, Mother Jinx Records. Not sure when. I’ll keep you posted.

 

HCTF review of Execute American Folklore.

 – Original Article

 

 

 

Live @ The Silver Line Fri. 8/25 8pm

Friday at the Silver Line Tap Room: 

One of Ithaca’s true legends, Johnny Dowd settled in town in the ‘70s and never looked back, creating a body of work, varied, progressive and sharp. His music ranges from open and free alternative country, to post punk, to wild experimental density. His newest album “Execute American Folklore” is bold and individualistic, with jaunts into electronic alt-rock, funk rage and avant-garde folk rock.

Live @ Casita del Polaris with Park Doing

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The Muggles Bros at Casita with Park Doing

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Cosmic Jokers @ Summer Concert Series

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Just like it wouldn’t be the 4th of July without fireworks, it wouldn’t be a tribute to Ithaca music without Johnny Dowd! Teaming up with family members and bandmates from Neon Baptist to the present including Michael EdmondsonJennifer Edmondson, and Ben Vanderberg to bring us songs by Bobby Comstock and the Counts, The Trailer Parks, King Harvest, and a couple of surprises.

Mike shares, “We’ve chosen a pretty mixed bag even going back to the Ithaca of the 1950s. A lot of local folks may not know about Ithaca’s own Bobby Comstock and The Counts. They were trailblazers and super hip in the early Rock and Roll days.”

Something old, something new, in Downtown Ithaca concert series

July 4, 2017 by Rachel Cera in 14850 Magazine

Something new this week for the CFCU Summer Concert Series in Downtown Ithaca. This Thursday features local musicians covering the classic music of local musicians! The “We’ve Got You Covered” show is hosted by the Cosmic Joke Collective.

CJC organizer Mickie Quinn says the collaborative live performance series, with monthly events upstairs at Lot 10, is an Ithaca outcropping of a monthly artists’ salon formed in New York City in 1999. It’s been running at the downtown bar for nearly three years. Last month, a series of Cosmic Joke Collective performers covered the entire “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”to mark the album’s 50th anniversary.

A concert at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Downtown Ithaca Commons. 14850 file photo.
This time around, CJC performers like Johnny Dowd, Jennifer Edmonson, Jennie Lowe, Vee Da Bee, Chris Bedell, Jen Cork, McKenzie Jones, Mandy Goldman, Samuel B. Lupowitz, and Dan Collins will be playing a musical tribute to other local musicians!

The free show is Thursday, July 6 at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Ithaca Commons from 6-8pm as part of the CFCU-sponsored concert series organized by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance. As always, beer and wine will be available for sale with ID, and if you buy a reusable cup for a buck, or buy a refill in your reusable cup, you’ll get a ticket in a drawing for a CFCU gift card at the end of the summer.

Which classic tunes from local musicians will be featured in the “We’ve Got You Covered” show? No one’s saying! Better come check it out.

Live @123 Pleasant Street

 

                                             123 Pleasant Street Morgantown WV 

 

<< Tragically, no Anna Coogan at this show, but the poster was too awesome to ignore,yes?

Internationally Acclaimed:
Johnny Dowd & Mike Edmondson
http://www.johnnydowd.com/

Return of Cosmic Fuzz Punks:
The Furr
https://thefurr.bandcamp.com/

Cryptobilly Alien Hunter:
Captain Catfeesh
http://captaincatfeesh.bigcartel.com/

Johnny Dowd: Live in Morgantown

On March 21, 2002, Johnny Dowd hit the stage at 123 Pleasant Street, in Morgantown, West Virginia. The ink for the lyrics of his new album The Pawnbroker’s Wife was still wet and the set featured five tracks from that record.

Aided by Justin Asher on guitar and longtime collaborator Willie B on percussion Dowd poured his heart out and thanks to release of Live in Morgantown you get a front row seat. His wavering voice will freak out vocal coaches, but you will have a hard time finding another singer who sounds as honest as he does. Leave it to him to turn a song entitled I Love You into a Fifties doo-wop ditty from Hell.

Got uptight family members overstaying their welcome at dinner? Put on Jingle Bells and they will be off in a hurry, covering their ears. Fans of warts-and-all garage rock Americana about rocky relationships, war, getting even and murder will love it.

Johnny Dowd: guitar, vocals
Justin Asher: guitar, melodica, vocals
Willie B: drums, drum computer, bass pedals

Live in Morgantown is released on Mother Jinx Records. Buy it from his website.

Tracks:

  1. Pawnbroker’s Wife
  2. Separate Beds
  3. Big Wave
  4. Billy Blu
  5. Jingle Bells
  6. We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, And Me)
  7. Lost Avenue
  8. Vietnam
  9. I Love You
  10. On Shaky Ground We Stand
  11. First There Was
  12. Vengeance Is Mine
  13. Mystery Woman
  14. Murder

Live @Quinn’s

– photo by Kat Dalton

Special Sunday Showcase: Johnny DOWD! wsg: Aging Womanizer

Tickets are $10 to see the legend himself, Johnny Dowd!
Stop by Quinn’s to reserve your ticket today!

“Imagine if Hank Williams had mutated into Captain Beefheart, acquiring a bunch of primitive electronic equipment along the way, and you’ll get some idea of where Johnny Dowd is at on Execute American Folklore. . . . Gloriously deviant.“

Andy Gill, The Independent (London)

http://www.johnnydowd.com/

Johnny Dowd supporting My Darling Clementine @The Dock

– HCTF reviews Execute American Folklore