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Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience at the Pearson Lakes Art Center September 13

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Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience will perform at the Pearson Lakes Art Center Thursday evening, KUOO's Becky Thoreson has the story:

Shaun Johnson's Big Band Experience at the Pearson Lakes Art Center September 13 

Shaun John's Big Band Experience will take the stage at the Pearson Lakes Art Center Thursday evening.

An Emmy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Johnson is well-known for his work with Tonic Sol Fa, and says the Big Band started as a side project.  "We started it as a charity, something for me to do, I think that was fun when I was off the road because I just love performing.  I love being on the road, so I just found all these musicians from around the Midwest and took it on the road at Christmas, just saw each other at Christmas every year, but then it grew, and now I split my time about half between Big Band and Tonic Sol Fa."

He adds that the band honor the classic style, but add its own flair.  "You start out, I think, doing a lot of songs that  people would be familiar with, but as you keep growing, hopefully, you start introducing other styles of music and mixing things and putting it all in the big band stamp.  Still a nod to the classics, but hopefully something that's more yourself, more individual."

He notes that the group will be putting out a new album in the spring.  "We actually got our first manager out of Nashville, first agency out of Nashville, we've been doing showcases around the Country.  Our new album comes out this spring, so there's a lot going on in the big band world.:

The show starts at 7:30 at the Pearson Lakes Art Center Thursday evening.

Listen to the full interview:

 Becky's Interview with Shaun Johnson 

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