Donovan Johnson With Cathy Oakes Are At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Age Pianist Donovan Johnson with Cathy Oakes will perform at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 7 p.m.  The coffeehouse is located inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road.  There is a $10 suggested donation at the door.

Review for Donovan Johnson:

"I tell the stories of my life, as they relate to every one of us," said Donovan Johnson.  "And I play the piano. Let me tell you a story, then I'll play you song that expresses it." From Donovan's roots in rural Midwestern America to the streets of London England, his original piano music has been an inspiration to people from around the globe. Combining a unique mixture of Contemporary, Classical, and Country styles, Donovan's original piano compositions have a signature that is clearly one of a kind.  

His first original piano disk, "Pieces Of Life," was recorded in 2008 as a collaboration of songs that Donovan had written throughout the years and leading up to a "fork in the road." The following year he released an album of Holiday originals and favorites in "Winter Solstice: Celebrate The Season!" His next two albums, "Road To Home" and October," are both featured on Pandora radio and have received a great deal of critical acclaim. His 2014 release, "Infinite Beauty," is already showing much promise.

Donovan has studied music all his life. He's been a student, a teacher, a music director, a church musician, and a fill in for bands and jazz combos. He transcribes sheet music, reviews CD's, operates an online radio station, and travels all over the United States with his renown piano stool. As he'll tell you, "I like to bring a piece of home with me when I'm on the road." 

At home Donovan plays a refurbished 1893 Steinway upright piano with removable panels. On the road, he's performed at the Steinway Piano Galleries of Birmingham, Nashville, Knoxville, and Roseville Ca. He's performed at national historic sites such as the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, Mn. and the Corning Opera House in Corning, Ia. He's performed for audiences on Oxford Street in London England and in the town of Macclesfield, also in the UK. In Omaha Nebraska, where Donovan resides, he's held concerts at Witherspoon Hall in the Joslyn Art Museum and at Strauss Recital Hall on the UNO campus, two of the cities finest musical venues.   

Donovan has opened for and performed with many popular names in the original solo piano genre, including David Nevue, Matthew Mayer, Cathy Oakes, Louis Colaiannia, and the list goes on and on. "It's just what I do," said Donovan.  "I've always known that music is the means by which I fulfill my purpose here. I'm not a glamorous person, and the word "classy" means little to me. I'm just an average guy, living an average life, and like anyone else I have my own work that needs to get done."


Ponder Anew Play Is At Charles And Myrtle's Saturday

Ponder Anew, a Reader’s Theater play with music based Herschel Ponder’s 1989 memoir about his experiences as the pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt in the European Theater during World War II, will be at Charles and Myrtle's Coffeehouse on Saturday at 8 p.m.  The coffeehouse is inside Christ Unity Church at 105 McBrien Road.  There is a $10 suggested donation at the door. ... (click for more)

Alice Smith, Lookout Mountain Poet, Reading At The Hunter Museum Of American Art

The Southern Lit Alliance hosts Alice Smith, a poet from Lookout Mountain, Tn., at the Hunter Museum of American Art on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., for “An Evening with Alice Smith.”  Mrs. Smith will read from her work and will be available for a book signing. Her two volumes of poetry will be available for purchase at the event. Currently, Ms. Smith lives on ... (click for more)

City Receives $400,000 Federal Grant To Study Passenger Train Service

The United States Department of Transportation has announced Chattanooga has received a $400,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to study the potential use of existing railways for a passenger rail system in Chattanooga. There were 72 awards announced in 46 states and Washington, D.C. Out of numerous grant applications across Tennessee, ... (click for more)

Former Assistant Police Chief Eidson Not Charged In Shooting Of Stepson On Englewood Avenue

Former Chattanooga Police Department Assistant Chief Kirk Eidson was not charged in the shooting of stepson Robert Ingle, 18, on Sunday morning in North Chattanooga. However, Ingle was charged with domestic assault and vandalism. In the incident shortly after 9 a.m. at 1049 Englewood Ave., Mr. Eidson said Ingle came to the house asking him to take him to their other house ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye To My Scooter

The month of August turned out to be unkind, with my dog, my favorite aunt and my magnificent mother all dying within three weeks’ time. As I finally begin to push out the three newest dents in my soul, my habit has been to write something akin to a goodbye note to those I have loved. I’m not ready for Aunt Martha and Mother yet – not by a stretch -- but I remembered Scooter with ... (click for more)