A hurricane can change your life forever, and no one knows that more than Shane Johns, local musician who is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana.
So this Saturday he is going to use the other powerful force of nature he has…..his music…. to help bring people together on Saturday for he victims of Hurricane Isaac. When I saw his level of enthusiasm and compassion about his fellow Gulf Coast residents….well, I had to share it with you.
I ran into Shane a couple nights ago at Hook’d Pier Bar and that is where he shared about a benefit he and some fellow musicians are a part of this Saturday, September 15th at C-Level Bar and Grill of Thomas Drive in Panama City Beach.
The family friendly event will have something all ages including raffle prizes, snow cones, and a bounce house for the little ones. The fun begins at 11 am on Saturday and doesn’t end until closing time.
There will be live, original music by Shane Johns, Faust, DJ Fatt and other guests.
Guests are encouraged to bring much needed items such as:
Cat and Dog food
If you are moved to help or maybe you can not go on Saturday but you would like to contribute in some way….call Celeste Sphar 850-303-5602.
I had heard of Shane before, but didn’t know a lot about him, so after he shared the event information for our wonderful PCB Daily readers, I asked him if he could answer a few questions and quench my curiosity.
Our little Q and A is below for those of you that are curious like me.
Q: Ok, so I know you have been a solo artist for many years but who have you been working with lately?
A: I have been performing with a trio called Lounge Act recently and while we work with featured artists as well, our main line up is myself, Shane Johns: Guitar, Vocals: Jordan Faust: Vocals, Guitar: Chris Peralta: Bass and Vocal. Jordan was born and raised in Panama City Beach. Chris was born and raised in Miami, while I was born in Atlanta but grew up in New Orleans. But we all have the same mission to bring original music to Panama City Beach.
Q: For those of us that are not familiar with your music, could you tell us about the style?
A: Our style is acoustic based alternative rock and beach rap but we do not have a specific genre, our music can go from jazz to blues to rock to rap.
Q: What inspired you to help Hurricane Isaac victims?
A: Being from New Orleans, I have close friends there and other coastal parts in Louisiana, they are like family. I was around for Katrina and Gustav and dealt with its’ aftermath.
Q: Have you done a benefit like this before?
A: Yes, I have performed for many relief benefits in the past. I enjoy performing with the purpose (sic) of helping people in need.
Q: So refresh us again , when are you playing on Saturday?
A: We open the benefit at C-level on Thomas Drive at 11 am and then we are on again at 6 pm at Hook’ed Pier Bar at Pier Park.
I found Shane to be a gracious young artist and am looking forward to seeing what he does in the future. He performs a lot locally in Panama City Beach and the tri-state area. You can hear his music on Reverbnation or check Faust out on Youtube.
If you can not make it to C-level this Saturday and want to help his Hurricane Isaac Relief Efforts, call Celeste Spar at 850-303-5602.