Freedy Johnston

E/C & Evolve Productions presents:

Freedy Johnston

Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets, David George

Tue, March 12, 2013

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Czar Bar

Kansas City, MO

$8.00

This event is 18 and over

Freedy Johnston
Freedy Johnston
Johnston's songs are often praised for their literary quality – and deservedly so – but they also hit you on a gut level. Splitting his time between New York City and Madison, WI, Johnston is currently writing and recording songs for his next album, tentatively titled Neon Repairman. In an age where the internet has greatly diminished the power of radio to dictate artistic success, Johnston is poised for perhaps the most exciting stage of his career.

At this point, though, it isn't about destiny. Johnston fulfilled that a long time ago. Now, it's about joy – both for Johnston and his fans.
Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets
Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets
This band will be backing up Freedy Johnston.

The Okemah Prophets (Oh-kee-mah) are a band out of Minneapolis, led by singer/songwriter Kevin Bowe. Bowe has a long history as a guitarist/writer/producer, landing 3 platinums and songs on 2 Grammy winning albums working with Jonny Lang, Etta James,Paul Westerberg and others. The group came together for a showcase of Kevin's songs at a SXSW a few years back and worked so well they started doing live shows (including bookings with BR549, Jonny Lang, Peter Case, Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie, Semisonic, Jayhawks, Los Lobos and Bob Mould), and released a CD, RESTORATION which sold over 5000 copies. Their second release Love Songs & Murder Ballads joined "Restoration" on Miles Of Music's bestseller list. The band signed a European recording contract with Corazong Records which released the compilation "Angels On The Freeway".



But the big story is the new CD "Natchez Trace"; after a long break spent touring/recording with other artists the band has released an album that is getting raves from Rolling Stone to No Depression. Featuring contributions from Westerberg, Nels Cline (Wilco), Chuck Prophet, Freedy Johnston, Scarlet Rivera (Dylan), Tim O'Reagan (Jayhawks) and Meat Puppets, these songs transcend Americana, singer-songwriter, or any other label and take classic Minneapolis garage rock to a whole new level. Live shows behind this record are proving that the Prophets time has come, beyond being a "wrecking crew" for great artists this band has a thing of their own. Peter Anderson on drums (Polara, Honeydogs) and Steve Price (Rex Daisy) on bass round out the trio. Both the St. Cloud and Duluth papers have already called it the best CD of the year.



A SXSW show and East Coast tour are planned for spring '13, and Europe awaits after that. Kevin and Peter just played on the Replacements session (with Westerberg and Tommy Stinson) to benefit the Mats ailing guitarist Slim Dunlap, the band also backs up Freedy Johnston and Alison Scott.



"A sturdy cross between Tom Petty and Band Of Horses, these songs sound like they've been circling around in the ethos indefinitely, Bowe and co. lasso them down to earth. In a word…. outstanding" (No Depression)
David George
David George
David George spent his youth in Kansas City listening to top-40 radio and fighting with his sisters over their parent's 45's and vinyl records. It makes sense that David's recent and first solo effort has brought him back to his roots. After nearly ten years of in-your- face Rock and Roll with bands Moaning Lisa and Culture Killers, David has put down the Les Paul and picked up the acoustic, and has delivered twelve extraordinary pop songs about love and life.

Woven into this record is David's journey through music. Encouraged by winning talent shows in high school, David formed bands in college, and began touring the country. His first break arrived when his band Moaning Lisa signed a deal with Veronica Records, releasing their first CD in 2000.

This CD (Wonderful-Veronica Records 2000) would eventually chart in the top 200 of CMJ (College Music Journal). The album cover was nominated by Playboy Magazine as one of the sexiest covers of all time, alongside albums by Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Jimi Hendrix, and others. Moaning Lisa's hit song, "My Life Is A Landslide" was featured on the drama series Judging Amy. From his new CD "Love/Life" the song "Lover In Me" has been added as the theme song for a new TV series called My Cover Girl.

Other songs written by David can also be heard on the TV show Party of Five and in feature films Fear House and Candy Stripers. His recent band Culture Killers have remade the classic rock staples "Born To Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride" for the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, where it is viewed by 18 million visitors annually.

Between composing new material and recording his new album, David writes and develops screenplays, most recently a TV Pilot and a film about the life of Brigitte Bardot. In addition to writing, his love of live performance keeps David in constant motion. He recently performed at Denver's Mile High Stadium (Invesco Field) where he debuted songs off his upcoming release, "Love/Life." The title references the dual sides of his parent's old vinyl. One side, LOVE, features songs of the heart. The other side, LIFE, tells the oftentimes-tragic story of falling out of love. "Love/Life" is being produced by David George and George Johnsen, who has worked with Royal Crown Revue, John Fogerty, Pink Floyd, and others.
Venue Information:
Czar Bar
1531 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO, 64108
http://www.czarkc.com/