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New Orleans band ‘lets it all hang out’ in Vail Valley

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com
Vail Valley, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –If you forget any of the names of the bandmembers in Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, just guess Johnny and there’s more than an 80 percent chance you’ll be right.

Five of the six band members go by Johnny, at least on stage. There’s Johnny Sketch, the lead singer and guitarist, Johnny Rico on trumpet, Dirty Johnny on drums and Johnny Rocket and Johnny Sauce both on saxophone. Bass player Busta Gnutt is the odd man out.

“Early on the band decided we wanted to have different personas to hit the stage with,” said Andre Bohren who goes by Dirty Johnny. “Having a stage name frees you up to act the fool or whatever. For me, mild-mannered Andre becomes wild-man drummer Dirty Johnny. We get on stage and let it all hang out.”



And while wild and rocking on stage, in real life the band members are “pretty regular guys,” Bohren said during a phone interview from the road this week. The band was just pulling into Albuquerque, N.M. on the way to a show in Santa Fe on Wednesday night. New Orleans-based Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes performs at the Wolcott Yacht Club from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday.

Though the band performed at 8150 in Vail a few times before its demise, its the boys’ first time playing at the Wolcott Yacht Club.



“I think we played one of the last shows at 8150 actually,” Bohren said. “We’re looking forward to getting back in that area.”

The biggest stop on this New Mexico and Colorado tour is the Mountainside Mardi Gras Music Festival at Red Rocks on Aug. 8, Bohren said.

“It’s a whole New Orleans festival and we feel pretty fortunate to be included in it,” he said. “That’s big news for us.”



Yacht Club owners are billing Saturday’s show, which is the official Moos and Brews after party, as their biggest music event of the summer.

The band, which got its start eight years ago in New Orleans, plays eclectic funk rock, Bohren said.

“It’s a pretty big sound. We have a big horn section and lots of singing and loud guitar,” he said. “There’s definitely a lot of dancing on and off stage.”

Attendees of Saturday night’s show can expect lots of dancing, mostly original songs and a few surprises.

“Lately we’ve been sneaking in a lot of Michael Jackson in, out of tribute,” Bohren said. “It’s hard to deny the power of his music.”

People have been going nuts when they hear some of Jackson’s hits.

“Johnny Sketch will do the ‘Black or White’ rap and people who haven’t thought about that song in 15 years scream and start rapping along with him because everyone learned that song when it came out.”

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or cschnell@vaildaily.com.


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