Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 7:30 pm
One of the most revered guitarists working the scene today, Boston’s own Johnny A.
has created a 3 plus decade-spanning career built on his virtuosic playing,
compositional fortitude and distinctive style. Sure, lots of folks throw around the
phrase “let the music do the talking,” but only a few have the fortitude to really do it –
to just go out there and play, shunning flash, shrugging off image and reeling in the
listener on the strength of the songs alone.
Johnny A. is that kind of performer. This Massachusetts-based guitarist and
bandleader has proven himself capable of generating heat at venues from workingclass
bars to international amphitheaters – and every sort of venue in between. And
when the house lights are turned up, he’s just as adept at captivating serious students
of the six-string with a virtuosity that earned him the rare honor of having his name
placed on Signature Gibson® and Epiphone® guitars.
That take-no-prisoners attitude has been ingrained in Johnny A. since he first set foot
on a stage, whether as leader of locally-acclaimed Boston acts like Hearts on Fire or in
the company of acclaimed artists like Bobby Whitlock (Derek and the Dominos) or J.
Geils frontman Peter Wolf – whose band he anchored for more than seven years, and
most recently (2015-2018) as the touring lead guitarist for the iconic British Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame band, The Yardbirds - occupying a seat previously held by Eric
Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
“I want to create instrumental music and deliver it like a vocalist,” he says “You can be
a great player, on any instrument, and people will take notice for a while…but what
people really remember is someone who brings them a great melody.”
It fully came to the fore in 1999, when he independently issued his first solo album,
Sometime Tuesday Morning – a disc that eventually went on to sell 100,000+ copies
and spawn “Oh Yeah,” a single that topped the AAA charts (a feat no instrumental song
had accomplished in more than a decade).
Now with four solo releases under his belt, this Grammy nominated artist was also
voted “Blues Artist of the Year (2010 Boston Music Awards) and was inducted into the
Boston Music Hall of Fame (2014).
The journeying continues and ever the restless spirit, Johnny A. continues to glide
across genres effortlessly. His current offering “Just Me…And My Guitars” celebrates
songs, in a solo intimate presentation, that influenced him as an aspiring young
A considerable influence on the New York music scene for over 40 years, Kasim has
toured and recorded with artists as diverse as Meat Loaf, Todd Rundgren, Ringo Starr,
Joan Jett, Hall and Oates, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Mick Jagger, Celine Dion and
Jon Bon Jovi. He has also played and or sang on over 150 albums as well as writing
the Top 20 Hit ‘ Set Me Free ‘ that appears on the Adventures In Utopia record.
In 1981, Kasim signed with EMI America and recorded his first self titled album. Taking
a brief leave from his Utopia duties, he formed his own band and played to audiences
across the US. Through the 80’s and into the 90’s Kasim toured and recorded with
Joan Jett, Patti Smythe, Hall & Oates and Cheap Trick.
After lending his vocals to the million+ selling album Bat Out Of Hell II Kasim was
asked by Meat Loaf to join his band as the rhythm guitarist and keyboard player. He
switched from that position to Musical Director and Bass player in 1998, Producing the
Meat Loaf VH1 Storyteller’s record in 1999.
Kasim never stopped writing his own songs and has released three critically acclaimed
Often described as ‘a musicians musician’, Kasim continues to maintain a strong
presence in the music industry.
His current solo shows are a combination of original material complimented by
memorable selections from the myriad of artists he’s worked with throughout his
The audience is always treated to behind-the-scenes stories for a glimpse into a life
spent touring and making records with some of the best known artists of our time.