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Johnny Nevin
Johnny Nevin is an independent music producer, a music and dance writer at, and a member of the musical group 'ohana Dreamdance.

Original compositions and sound designs by Johnny Nevin have been featured in the repertories of a broad range of professional Dance Companies, and have been performed all around the world.

Johnny writes about Music and Dance the same way he produces music, by learning to understand how other artists sees the art that they make.

Entries by Johnny Nevin

The Last Three Guys You'd Ever Think Would Start a Band Didn't, They Started The Wild West Songwriters Festival

(2) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 8:27 PM

Suppose just for a minute that you were a music writer, somebody who writes articles about music and musicians, and one day you found out about The Wild West Songwriters Festival.

This may be more likely than you think. Considering that you just started reading a story about a music...

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Ruthie Collins: Discovering the Old and the New Together

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 9:11 AM

If Ruthie Collins turned out to be one of your favorite artists, which is entirely possible, there are probably two different ways that it could end up happening. How likely is it? Well, that depends. If you already like musical artists who are brightly imaginative, truly gifted singers, Country Music,...

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How to Imagine a Symphony Orchestra: Mina Zikri and the Oistrakh Symphony of Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 1:56 PM

Mina Zikri is a lot like other artists, or at least he's a lot like other promising, new artists who you might not know about.  When you see him perform, for example, not only is the intensity of his dedication immediately clear, but as is often true with very creative...

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Real Music, Real Country, And What's Important to Mo Pitney

(4) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 2:55 PM

Mo Pitney knows a couple of really important things about being Country, real Country. For that matter, Mo Pitney knows a lot about a lot of things Country, not least of all about Country Music. It's not just that the songs he writes, and the effortlessly authentic way that he...

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Dylan Scott and Where It All Comes From

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 7:37 AM

Dylan Scott says he's fired up, but even if he didn't say so, that's the impression you would have gotten anyway. He's so enthusiastic about so many different things that you could get the exact same impression, whether he was talking about songwriting, touring, recording, or even just being back...

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What to Expect From Wray

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Wray performing at The Empty Bottle (Photo by Johnny Nevin)

If you'd like to hear some good new music, here's some news. There was a really good album made this year that you might not have heard, by a talented band...

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Question Bedtime: The MC Frontalot Uprising

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Unless you already know who MC Frontalot is, it would be all to easy to miss out on his new album Question Bedtime. As a matter of fact, it would be all to easy to miss out on the entire MC Frontalot adventure, and that would be a shame, because...

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New Music From the Old School: Bob Eike, Billy Thompson and Soul Stew Records

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Bob Eike playing a 1931 National steel guitar (Photo by Johnny Nevin)

There's an art to being an independent label, but the heart of the art isn't exactly what most people might think. It's not so much the ability...

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How to Be Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 4:38 PM

There's a band out of Detroit called Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas, and just about everybody who sees them thinks they're seeing a promising new group with a cool new singer, but that's not quite all of it. When you take a good look at Jessica Hernandez and...

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Balancing a Vision: Hubbard Street's Alejandro Cerrudo and One Thousand Pieces

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 6:22 PM

Not long ago, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago presented the return of Alejandro Cerrudo's full evening work One Thousand Pieces, premiered in 2012 for the company's 35th anniversary. When the work was originally performed, the response to it from Hubbard Street's audiences was even more enthusiastic than expected, and expectations were...

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Morgan Frazier Shares a Secret

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2013 | 8:23 PM

It seems like Morgan Frazier must have a secret, not just because she does so many different things so well, but because she makes it all look so easy, as if it's just a matter of being who she is. Whatever her secret is, it probably isn't one of those...

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Always We Became Found: Lizzie MacKenzie and Chicago Dance Crash Make Some Connections

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 8:44 PM

Anyone who knows Lizzie Mackenzie's choreography is probably surprised that she's not better known as a choreographer. She's widely known as a truly exceptional dancer, from her performances with Giordano Dance Chicago and then with River North Dance Chicago, as well as her many guest appearances in high profile special...

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One City, One Symphony: Louis Langrée and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra

(1) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 6:09 PM

On a warm summer weekend last August, something happened in Cincinnati that you would have to call a remarkable accomplishment; in complete defiance of anything you would ever realistically expect, thirty-five thousand people went to see the Symphony.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, with their widely admired new Music...

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Dance Production and Management: All About the Art of Dance

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:48 PM

When you think of the art of dance, what you're likely to think of depends on who you are; the way that dancers and even choreographers are likely to see the art of dance can be quite a bit different from what their audience sees. Most of the time when...

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Whose Country Is it? Aaron Lewis Questions the Answers

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 12:11 PM

There's a lot of different kinds of music in this big wide world, so many different kinds of music that nobody could even name them all. Everybody could name a few though, and two kinds of music that almost everybody can name are Rock and Country. Each of them is...

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Inspiration and Creativity: Dancemakers Inspired by Martha Graham

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 5:43 PM

Creativity is an enchanting word; in the arts you could even say that it's a glamorous word. With its dreamlike promise of uncompromised originality, it conjures an alluring collage of romantic images, images that depict the drama of an individual's struggle to discover, and then construct from nothingness, something that...

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Hubbard Street's Pablo Piantino and Penny Saunders Talk About Alonzo King's AZIMUTH

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 12:54 PM

You could definitely say that Penny Saunders and Pablo Piantino have had a front row seat for the making of some of the most important choreography of the last decade, except that if you did, it would actually be a pretty serious understatement. In fact, it's quite possible that neither...

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The Years It Takes to Make a Moment: Pascal Rioult Premieres Iphigenia

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 5:36 PM

Pascal Rioult is a choreographer, but he constructs his works from materials that very few others know how to find. Like an artisan with his own secret resources, he's the maker of a rich and complex cloth; he weaves moments in time from threads of imagination and makes them into...

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See for Yourself: Michelle Dorrance, BAM! and "Push Past Break"

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 3:52 PM

Michelle Dorrance goes to a lot of places, and every time she does, she brings something. Just about anybody who sees her perform, checks out her choreography, or just reads about her in a magazine sees it right away, but If you asked every single one of them what it...

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A Light in the Dark: Telling a Story in Dance

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 5:23 PM

It's remarkable that telling a story, one of the things that people everywhere do most naturally, can be one of the most challenging to do well. That's probably the reason why, after dominating the world of concert dance for centuries, it's not really that common any more. Even in ballet,...

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