Johnnie Bolin is a self-taught drummer, who has been refining his art for the past 30 years. Growing up in the heart of the Midwest, where a basement was found in every home, gave him a place to play at any given opportunity, and he is still known to sit in with bands all over the Midwest. You could say he's played everything from Motown to Metal, but Bolin is basically a funky drummer at heart, with an emphasis on Rock and Fusion.
The Johnnie Bolin Band is comprised of Sioux City musicians Johnnie Bolin, John Bartle, Dave Napier and Sam Irish. Bolin, Napier, and Irish play regularly in Sioux City's Rockestra, with Johnnie on drums, Dave on saxophone, and Sam on the bass guitar.
In September of 2010, John Bartle, lead guitar and vocals, and drummer Johnnie Bolin were both inducted into the Iowa Rock 'N Roll Music Association's Hall of Fame with their former band, DVC.
Johnnie Bolin's personal view about drumming in this day and age is to perform in a pleasing variety of musical styles, and at the same time be persistent.
Johnnie always keeps his attitude positive and never loses sight of his goals.
The diversity of influences and artists such as Buddy Rich, Ian Paice, Narada Michael Walden, Billy Cobham, and Charlie Watts have helped Johnnie to maintain a balanced approach to drumming.
Johnnie has played with Sugar Cane Harris, Tommy Bolin Band, Richard T Bear, D.V.C., Dare Force, Chill Factor, and is currently touring and recording with Jim Dandy and Black Oak Arkansas, for whom he also played during the late 1980's.
As Vice President of the Tommy Bolin Archives, Inc. and President of the The Bolin Foundation, Johnnie Bolin is also involved in projects relating to tye music of his late brother, guitarist Tommy Bolin, such as supervising unreleased material and sponsoring tribute concerts and festivals.
The venues for the popular Pub Crawls ,scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights, are as follows:
The Northwest Iowa Musicians will appear at The Copper Cup from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Jimmy Davis and Friends with Kelsey Klingensmith and special guests Glen Alexander and Oria Aspen will be performing at The Gathering Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Chad Elliott will be at The Gasthaus from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Damon Dotson Band will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Ross William Perry Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
*Saturday, Jan. 14
The Mary Bridget Davies Group will be hosting the Saturday Jam Session at The Gathering Place from noon to 4 p.m.
The Lonny Lynn Orchestra will play from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Festival's Main Concert at Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center.
Glenn Alexander and Oria Aspen will be at the Copper Cup from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Bob Pace Band will be at the Cherokee Bowl from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Johnnie Bolin Band will be at The Other Place from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The Mary Bridget Davies Group will be at the Cherokee VFW Club from 9 p.m. to midnight.
The popular Student Music Clinic for invited area schools conducted by the Jim Oatts Sextet will be held at the Cherokee Middle School Friday, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ticket prices for the 12th Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival are as follows:
Friday night Pub Crawl $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday Jam Session is $10 for non-musicians. Students and kids are free. No advance sale of tickets are available.
Saturday night concert at WITCC $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Saturday night Pub Crawl $10 in advance or $15 at the door.
Saturday night combo ticket Concert and Pub Crawl $20 in advance and $30 at the door.
Advance ticket prices end at 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9.
Tickets for all events are available at The Copper Cup, State Farm Insurance, and the Cherokee Chamber of Commerce.
For more information on the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival , you can go to www.cherokeejazzbluesfestival.com.