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A new spin on the classics

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Johan Wisneski
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Band Name: Jonah Wisneski

Date Playing: July 16 and 22 at Motherloaded Tavern, 103 S. Main, Breckenridge

Where’d the band name come from:

Using my own name, and drawing initially from several different musicians, the lineup was changing constantly, thus a band of randoms. However, now with a solidified lineup, and playing mostly original material with a new record on the way, I am embracing the solo band format even more and using my own name.

Home base: Denver

Who are you/type of music you play: My name is Jonah Wisneski and I have been a professional musician in the Colorado music scene for over three years now. I played as a session musician in various bands touring, recording, and working in many formats, but was realizing how much my own music was ready to go public. I started a record a while back enlisting members of Leftover Salmon, Rose Hill Drive, Fox St All Stars, and Kinetix to help me in the studio, and eventually my own project came to life. It is a mix of blues and Americana, with rock/psychedelic and some funk elements thrown in for good measure. The shows have been well recieved in such short time, and both the material and band have been on fire across Colorado with high-energy shows that put a new spin on classic material.

If your music was a tangible item, what would it be and why? A cool drink after a long day. We can ease your troubles, help you relax when life stresses you out, and we’ll get you to have a good time.

Why do people love ya? I have shown people that the blues is alive and well, and has a lot of new places it can go. We mix up setlists, covers, and the original material is often the fan favorites. A good song is what people want to hear, and top notch musicianship combined with great songs is a winning formula.

How do you keep it fresh? Mixing up setlists adding new originals as well. We currently have three new originals, and a slew of new covers to keep it interesting for both the fans and the band. We like to improvise as well, so even the old songs take on new life with each show.

Craziest thing you’ve done/weirdest experience: Touring experiences in the past have led to some pretty long drives. My most memorable was last day of tour, finished the show, and drove straight from 1:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. as the sun was rising. Eight straight hours driving with no sleep or break will certainly lead to your mind playing tricks on you!


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