Johnny Keener Music | Songwriting * Performance * Recording Sidecar Studio - Johnny Keener & The Bells

Sidecar Studio

What stories sound like...

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A full-service analog and digital recording studio dedicated to helping people make great records. We pride ourselves on providing a comfortable, creative atmosphere for our clients. We are located in North Portland’s Arbor Lodge neighborhood. Contact us for rates and to arrange a visit. We look forward to discussing your project with you. Past clients include: The Shaky Hands, The Bevelers, Future Historians, Justin Power, Mo Phillips, and Brendan McCracken (Neighbor Wave).

Kid Stuff

Music for kids and their grown-ups...

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A long-time player in the kindie music scene, Johnny has been playing for Portland families for well over a decade. You can catch him performing solo, rocking with Johnny & Jason, or playing guitar in Mo Phillips’ Spaghetti Pants Dance Band. Upcoming projects include Kink and Ernest, a story book with companion music (a Johnny & Jason production, coming summer, 2016) and a musical instrument petting zoo (at the Portland Children’s Museum, December 2015). Contact Johnny to book him or Johnny & Jason at your school, library, party, or other kid-space. Johnny plays every Thursday at the Portland Children’s Museum (shows at 10am and noon). Johnny & Jason play at Mississippi Pizza Pub every second Thursday of the month (5-7pm, with Mo Phillips and Red Yarn).

Johnny Keener & The Bells

Fast songs for slow walking...

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Johnny’s songs for grown-up people can invoke a late-night car ride through the country, a secret spot for secret things, ordinary moments of near-danger, or a bonfire on the beach with endless possibilities. It can sound like Lou Reed and Gillian Welch and Jonathan Richman started a garage band and got a gig at the sock hop. Catch Johnny solo or with the Bells (Jason Greene and Wilson Carr, usually, but your grandma if she decides to hop on stage). You will have a great time. If you pay attention. The album release party for Johnny & the Bells (featuring an all-star cast of Portland talent ) is on October 9, 2015 at The Old Church. Check out our Facebook page for the latest updates on shows, and to keep up with what’s going on.