The Johnny O. Band |

The Johnny O. Band

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Editor’s note: The Johnny O. Band plays at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Valley Restaurant and 5 p.m. Sunday at the Redstone Inn as a benefit for the Marble Charter School. The band’s full schedule and information is available at


John Ohnmacht, lead vocals and guitar; John Tendell, bass; and Marion Edwards, drums

We play high-energy blues, funk and soul. Our live shows usually include a number of originals from our three CDs, plus some classic blues covers, New Orleans-style funk and maybe even a reggae tune or two. We really like to mix it up and keep it fresh, so we’re always playing something new and different.

The School of Hard Knocks and 20 years on the road! Our bass player, John Tendell, and I (John Ohnmacht) have been playing together for about 10 years now and our drummer, Marion Edwards, joined the band five years ago. Between the three of us we have 90-plus years of on-stage experience. You really can’t beat that kind of experience when it comes to playing live music.

My dad’s from Austria, my mom’s from New York and I was born in Aspen. John T. is from North Carolina and Marion is from Florida.

Holland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Brazil and all over the U.S.

Playing live and feeling the energy from a great crowd of enthusiastic fans.

My Gibson Les Paul guitar

Our bass player, John Tendell

My blues-guitar style is influenced by B.B. King, Freddie King and Albert King. I also had the chance to see Stevie Ray Vaughn perform a number of times. Another big influence I’d like to mention is my guitar mentor since age 16, Howard Berkman, who lives in Paonia.

Whichever one we’re playing.

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