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About Johnny’s Cougar
Johnny’s Cougar, the self-proclaimed most epic-est cover band in the history of the universe was formed out of the alter egos of six local musicians that were undoubtedly birthed after sharing many years and many stages in the Indy music scene. Jeremy Vogt, Chad Mills, Chris Jerles, Curtis Cree, Jeremy England and Andrew Newport round out this powerhouse.
About Sadie Johnson
Sadie Johnson first picked up the guitar at the age of 6. She began playing blues at 13 during open mic nights at a local blues bar in her hometown. She quickly learned from the regulars, the art of improvisation, but could not be taught to play with the heart and soul, which she exudes on stage. During that time, she fell heard and fast for everything blues, including the music of Mr. Eric Clapton. Now 17, Sadie has become one of the most well rounded players in an alarmingly musical city. In addition to her jazz accomplishments, she has played with Samantha Fish, Kate Moss, Jimmy Carpenter, and Blues Traveler, to name a few, and her inspirations include Louis Armstrong, Doyal
Bramhall ll, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. This summer her band, The Sad Sam Blues Jam, will open the Blues from the Top festival in Winter Park, Co. before heading out on their inaugural US tour. She has just been named to the Brotherhood of the Guitar by Mr. Robert Knight.
In addition to her passion for music, Sadie is a compassionate leader with a heart for children and music therapy. She currently serves as a representative for Blue Star Connection, an organization that provides instruments to children with cancer and other illnesses. In a world where the gigs are usually about profit, Sadie herself summed it up best, saying “I play music not for the money, not for myself, not to be recognized. I do it because when I’m up on stage, there’s that one guy in the back corner who’s having a bad day … and he starts watching. And you entertain everybody, but you keep your eye on that guy the whole show. And by the end he’s having a great time.”
About Sarah Grain and the Billions of Stars
The primary home of Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars is Ark Barn Studio, home of Ryan Koch’s Ark Barn Productions and his family’s farm. The backdrop of their music is big sky … and billions of stars.
It was here that their story began with Sarah Grain’s 2010 album ‘Terrain’, a collaboration with Koch and bassist Nate Gray. Four years later, and joined by guitarist Doug Sauter and pianist/vocalist Mina Keohane, they quickly established their sound in the Indianapolis music community, and grew an impressive repertoire of original songs.
Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars have played every 4th Tuesday of the month at the Chatterbox Jazz Club since early 2014; beyond that, they have played the Hi-Fi, Union 50, The Warehouse (Carmel), The Sanctuary (Noblesville), Brews and Books (Carmel), The Harrison Center for the Arts and Grove Haus, among others. They have also taken part in Tonic Ball, the Virginia Avenue Folk Fest, The Indy Folk Fest, Feast of Lanterns, Indy Parks’ Summer Concert Series , the Earth Day Indiana Festival, and were honored to be featured on WFYI’s Small Studio Sessions.