August 26, 2017
JOHNNY ZAPP & BERNIE LEZOTTE
BLUES AND ROCK DUO
SATURDAY, AUG 26 @ 7PM
$20 AT DOOR
Huntington Beach native Johnny Zapp made his way on the Tempe, Arizona music scene in the late 1990s. As the go-to guy on guitars, bass and drums, Johnny was subbing and playing with many of the valley’s soon-to-be national acts. As the century turned, Zapp was taking calls to throw together local celebrity all-star bands for national celebrity events, benefits and just rousing good times in general. With revolving line-ups of LA and Tempe’s finest, the band – always under a different tongue-in-cheek moniker – consistently delivered, performing influential punk and rock covers that they all grew up on (Sex Pistols, Cheap Trick, New York Dolls, etc.)
In 2007, Johnny decided it was time to take a sabbatical from live performing (save for the occasional acoustic gig) in lieu of a lucrative career writing, recording and publishing rock music for film and television. With Johnny typically performing all guitars, bass, drums and vocals himself, his music is organic rock and roll deeply rooted in the 1970s. Some of Johnny’s television credits include Pimp My Ride; MTV 10 on Top, ESPN Coverage of the PGA Tour, various Red Bull promos and the Nat Geo travel/culinary/marine-life smash, Into The Drink, airing in 48 countries.
FM rock radio in major cities such as Phoenix, Los Angeles, Orange County, Philly and all over Europe also picked up a handful of Zapp’s singles. Additionally, he received honors across the 16th, 17th, and 18th annual Billboard Magazine Songwriting contests for the singles, “Alone Again, “Poor Pitiful You,” “Want You Need You,” and “Dirty Good Time.” This modest success would lead to worldwide distribution through Island Def Jam Music Group, with nearly two dozen Johnny Zapp singles available for purchase via iTunes and most major digital media outlets.
2017 welcomes Johnny Zapp’s return to the stage as bassist/guitarist for Tucson’s new blues-rock power trio, Mason. Mason’s remaining two-thirds are Tucson area respected and established players, Jacob Acosta and Andre Gressieux. Their debut record, Midnight Road, hits the streets April 14th, followed by a supporting tour.
Johnny is also a columnist for Vintage Guitar Magazine and the women’s fashion, lifestyle and fitness magazine, FabUplus. Likewise, he freelances for major motorcycle, music, fashion and art & culture publications.
Musician Bernie LeZotte combines a mix of blues, rock and bluegrass. Born in Detroit Michigan, he relocated to Phoenix in 1990, and now performs original music simultaneously playing guitar, harmonica, cymbals, singing and playing the drums with his feet. His influences include the music of his birthplace in the Motor City which included the sweet sounds of Motown, Bob Seger and the raucous Rock and Roll of Ted Nugent, MC5 and Alice Cooper.
Later influences would be the biggest turning point into uncovering a whole world of other music with the discovery of the Grateful Dead which led him down the path of Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, Folk and Americana.
Past projects have seen him as the lead singer in the hard rock group Dagger, the Rhythm guitarist and vocalist in the Caribbean band the Caribbean Cruisers, guitarist, mandolinist and vocalist with the Carey Slade band, mandolinist and vocalist with bluegrass band the High Grass Pickers and the lead guitarist, lead vocalist with Jam band Rockslide Jones.
With over 30 years of experience in all things music including writing, recording, singing, playing bass, guitar, drums, mandolin and dobro this artist has a truly unique yet familiar sound that combine to make a statement about his journey and discovery of music.
“I like to write music that is heartfelt and I write about what I know; love, love lost, life, the good, the bad and anything that stirs me to pick up a pen and a guitar,” LeZotte said.
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The Listening Room Phoenix is centrally located in midtown Phoenix AZ and is open to audiences who appreciate great acoustic music Some performances are ticketed and some are donation-based where participating audiences are encouraged to make at least a $20 donation to the artist and venue. This will go a very long way in keeping each artist on their path to success and keeping The Listening Room a healthy destination for great music in Phoenix. Audiences are participating in a live video recording of the performance. Your entrance to The Listening Room Phoenix is consent to be photographed and filmed.
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