Responsive image


JWJ December Shows

Some AWESOME shows coming up in December! Come out and let's get festive together...

  • 12/6 - Jesse W. Johnson & Coyote Scream at Subterranean in Chicago, IL
  • 12/9 - Jesse W. Johnson (solo) at Frankie's Blue Room in Naperville, IL
  • 12/10 - Jesse W. Johnson (solo) at South Park Tavern in Dayton, OH
  • 12/29 - Jesse W. Johnson (solo) at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL (Hemmingbirds Farewell Show)

I'll be playing songs from my upcoming album, American Dumpster, as well as some old favorites. Stay tuned for more info!


This August I'm doing a midwest/southern tour with my band JWJ & Coyote Scream. We'll be playing songs from the Primal Scream EP as well as some new songs from my upcoming album. The band features my friends Bradley Bergstrand (from Coed Pageant), Matt McGuire (from The Pitch Black) and Dane Marcussen (from As Hell). They all rule and we're gonna have a blast!

We're currently booking shows in the cities below. Hit us up if you have any contacts, want to play with us or have a place we could crash.

Chicago, IL
Peoria, IL
Springfield, IL
St. Louis, MO
Nashville, TN
Louisville, KY
Cincinnati, OH
Dayton, OH
Akron, OH
Cleveland, OH
South Bend, IN
Indianapolis, IN

Thanks and see you out at a show!

JWJ WINTER SHOWS - 01/21 & 02/20

This winter I'm playing some really cool shows and also working on a NEW record!

First up is Thurs. Jan. 21st at Empty Bottle for the Kerosene Stars EP Release Show. We play first at about 9:30pm. Click on the flyer below for a link to the Facebook page.

Then Saturday Feb. 20th I'm playing a special acoustic in-store at Pinwheel Records in Pilsen. I'll be joined by my friends from Joyeux and Jack Tell (Milwaukee, WI). The show is FREE and starts at 2pm.

Hope to see you at one or both of these!


I'm excited to announce the Primal Scream release show is happening Sat. Oct. 17th at Cafe Mustache in Chicago. That day you will also be able to find the EP on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp for purchase.

Stream the title track HERE.

A big thanks to Yoo Soo, Paul, and Zach for playing with me and helping make this all possible. We can't wait to share this music with you!

Click on the poster image to access the Facebook event.

Responsive image


Here's a sneak peak of the title track from Primal Scream. The 7" release show is happening Saturday Oct. 17th at Cafe Mustache in Chicago and it's gonna be rad!


This May I'm embarking on an acoustic tour of the Midwest w/ my friend Matthew Kennedy. I'll be playing songs from my upcoming Primal Scream EP and some brand new ones too. If you're around any of these cities we'd love to see you out at a show!

Click on the dates to be taken to the Facebook events.

05/14/15 - Chicago, IL @ Cafe Mustache

05/15/15 - St. Louis, MO @ Heavy Anchor

05/17/15 - Springfield, IL @ Bar None

05/18/15 - Bloomington, IN @ Rachael's Cafe

05/19/15 - Kent, OH @ Zephyr Pub

05/20/15 - Dayton, OH @ South Park Tavern

05/21/15 - Louisville, KY @ Gerstle's Place

05/22/15 - Nashville, TN @ TBA

05/23/15 - Atlanta, GA @ TBA

Then I'm going on a fishing trip right after the tour and playing one last show near the resort.

06/05/15 - Grand Rapids, MN @ Brewed Awakenings

03/11 - An Evening w/ Jesse W. Johnson @ Uncommon Ground

I'm excited to announce I'm playing a solo acoustic set March 11th at Chicago's Uncommon Ground on Clark. I go on at 8pm and I'll be joined by Sioux Falls band The Tinder Box. Come hear some songs from the new Primal Scream EP I've been recording!

Check out the facebook event HERE.

Responsive image

Las Vegas Show - Nightmare on Art Street Part II

I just wanted to post a quick update about the Las Vegas show I'm playing Oct. 18th. Its an art and music showcase at The Artistic Armory and its gonna be a blast! Here's what the Facebook Event says:

"For the month of October, we're celebrating one full year of events with a huge blowout. Our featured artists are Rebecca Kubla, and Derek Hernandez. Bogtrotter's Union, Alex and His Meal Ticket, Snap Murphy, Tony Savelio, Coed Pageant, Jesse W. Johnson, and 'Deadbeat Vultures' will be performing both inside and outside, with the biggest vendor list we have ever had, bringing Civilian ClothingCo, LV RTYC, Vegas Thread, Isi Grp, Zombie Zone, Dan Fortyfive, ADD Apparel, Nerd Wood Designs, Nerdlocker, Heartbroken Reality, Wasteland Gallery, The Ninjabot, Recycled Propaganda, Kc Wells, We Become Monsters, DAK, Tafoya, and more. Burlesque performance from the one and onlyAnnalee Belle, Charity drive for the heart foundation by RTY Promotions. Food brought to you by Abuela's Tacos (Best Of Las Vegas - 2014). Not to mention, live art by many local artists, as well as the art on display inside the gallery. Game Over Merch will be live screen printing some special shirts to commemorate. Celebrate us committing ourselves to music and art, and neglecting most other adult responsibilities!"

October Tour Dates

I'm very happy to be heading out on tour to CA and back in Oct. to support Cannon Rows! All of the shows will be solo except I'll be playing with a band (Paul - bass, Yoo Soo - viola/keys, and Zach - drums) for the first show in Springfield and the last show in Chicago. Plus starting with Flagstaff I'm meeting up with my super friends Coed Pageant to play a bunch of shows together. Check out the tour page for all the dates and I'll soon be flooding Instagram and Twitter with updates and road pics. I can't wait! And please let me know if you've got some travel suggestions around any of these cities or know somebody with a place to crash! -

Here's a sweet poster from the SF show by Nina Ragonese from Ivory Arrows.

Responsive image

Sept. 15th Show @ The Burlington

I'm playing a great show Sept. 15th at The Burlington in Chicago with my friends Kerosene Stars and Kansas band Vehicles. Vehicles is kicking off a midwest tour so come out and support them. I'll be playing the show with my friends Paul, Yoo Soo, and Zach on bass, viola/keys, and drums respectively. They rock hard and we're playing some songs from Cannon Rows, a few JWL songs, and some brand new ones. Join the Facebook event here and check out this awesome show poster by my friend Matt McGuire!

Responsive image

Site designed by Matt McGuire. © Copyright 2014. All rights reserved.