MARK LENNON with JOHN VESTER
VENICE BEACH FESTIVAL 7/29/18 4 pm Venice CA
Ocean Front Walk at Windward
Here's a sound that the world hasn't heard for a while
it will be fun to play & sing with Mark again at this mellow beach event,
a couple of blocks from my house, we'll walk over there from here
See you there Venice CA friends!
RON SACHS & JAN HUNTER with JOHN VESTER & JILL SHULTZ DENTON
AWAKENINGS 2734 Erie Ave Cincinnati Ohio 45208 FRI. 9/817 7-10 pm
7:00 RON & JAN
8:00 JV with RON & JAN & JILL
9:00 RON & JAN
Looking forward to playing right there in the heart of my original neighborhood Hyde Park
always great to play with Ron & Jan & Special Thanks to Jill for singing with us!
See you there, old friends in Cincinnati
RON SACHS & JAN HUNTER
JILL SHULTZ DENTON
AWAKENINGS 2734 ERIE AVE CINCINNATI OHIO 45208
JOHN VESTER with MARK LENNON & STAN BEHRENS
ABBOT'S HABIT FAREWELL SHOW 6/23/17
|Thanks to friends who played & friends who attended this sad event
& Thanks Again to Mark & Stan for joining me
Nina the owner mgr. of Abbot's appreciated us sending my song
FROZEN IN TIME WITH YOU out to her
Thanks AGAIN to Nina & Abbot's
JOHN VESTER with MARK LENNON & STAN BEHRENS Abbot's Habit Farewell Show 6/23/17 Venice CA
JOHN VESTER & STAN BEHRENS
ABBOT'S HABIT FAREWELL SHOW 6/23/17 9:30 pm
|Stan & I will play my new original song about what's happening
to Venice & to Abbot's &....FROZEN IN TIME WITH YOU
tomorrow night at the sad occasion of the Abbot's Habit Farewell Show
along with a long list of artists who all Love Abbot's & hate to see you go
Here's a link to solo live JV video of
FROZEN IN TIME WITH YOU
It will be better with Stan
& maybe Marky Lennon will join us
JOHN VESTER & MICHAEL NOW Venice Art Crawl 5/19/16 7-9 pm Venice CA
|Thanks to all who stopped by The Venice Art Crawl event
at Letelier Studio showing the work of Venice artists
MARYBETH FAMA, FRANCISCO LETELIER, MERYL LEBOWITZ & more
with live music by JOHN VESTER & MICHAEL NOW
Thanks to FRANCISCO for inviting us to play
MICHAEL LENNON for tech support
& MICHAEL NOW for joining me, playing & singing great as always
JOHN VESTER & MICHAEL NOW Venice Art Crawl 5/19/16
photo by FRANCISCO LETELIER Thanks FRANCISCO!
photo by MERYL LEBOWITZ Thanks MERYL!
JOHN VESTER with MICHAEL NOW
|Playing at LETELIER STUDIOS for Venice Art Walk Venice CA
Thursday May 19th 2016 7-9 pm
(location + details on invitation below)
JOHN VESTER with MICHAEL NOW
Venice Art Crawl Invitation
STARDUST HOUSE CONCERTS Welcomes VENICE!
Saturday September 19th North Hills CA
Opening set by JOHN VESTER & CATHY BRANDOLINO SCHREINER
|rsvp via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
JV hasn't opened for great friends VENICE
for a while, or sung with special friend Cathy for a LONG while
so this will be fun & this show will sell out
Contact Jaynee at Stardust email address above
to reserve your seat!
JOHN VESTER with MICHAEL, MARK & KIPP LENNON of VENICE
JV with '52 Martin o15
CATHY BRANDOLINO SCHREINER
STARDUST CONCERTS cool outdoor venue with guitar shaped firepit
Tall Man Group shown in photo performing at STARDUST) Yep, they're tall
JOHN & MARIA VESTER with RON SACHS & JAN HUNTER
Playing live on THE CINCINNATI DINNER TRAIN 7/12/14 Cincinnati Ohio
|Thanks to Cincinnati Dinner Train
& Special Thanks to Ron & Jan for playing with us, that was fun!
Mom Eileen joined us on this cool sunset train ride around Cincinnati
with nice dinner + live music by US! Featuring my original song about
jumping on freight trains RIDIN' THE RAILS © 2014 JOHN VESTER
All aboard THE CINCINNATI DINNER TRAIN! 7/12/14
Mom & Maria waving in 3rd window from right
JOHN & MARIA VESTER with Mom EILEEN on board THE CINCINNATI DINNER TRAIN
JOHN, MARIA, RON & JAN with the nice Conductor
Mom with the friendly Engineer & Conductor
KYLE KAMPE Senior Recital Showcase
Beyond Baroque 1/3/14 Venice, CA
Live music set at Beyond Baroque in Venice
showcasing the guitar & vocal work of
KYLE KAMPE, 17 from Austin, Texas
with great support by MARK LENNON vocal
MARIA VESTER vocal
NANCY KAMPE (not pictured) piano & vocal
JOHN VESTER (musical director) guitar & vocal
Nice job Kyle!
Thanks again Mark & Maria for singing with us,
that was fun!
I like the venue too, Beyond Baroque is cool
& right around the corner from our house
we'll play there again
Thanks to JIM FLECK at Beyond Baroque
Thanks AGAIN to Mark Lennon for inviting
all the guests attending our live set
to a fun after party at Mark's house,
a few blocks from the venue
At Mark's we continued playing & singing
around the fire until late
that was fun too!
Hand printed & illustrated VESTER font sign to greet guests attending Kyle's showcase
KYLE KAMPE & JOHN VESTER Beyond Baroque front entrance
MARK LENNON, MARIA VESTER & JOHN VESTER
in concert with KYLE KAMPE 1/3/14 Venice, CA
2nd Annual Holiday Lighting of the VENICE SIGN 12/6/13 6:40 pm
Venice, CA USA
JOHN & MARIA VESTER with JIM WEST
will play a short live set at 6:40 pm friday 12/6/13
at the 2nd Annual Holiday Lighting of The VENICE sign
(event poster below)
We'll debut a brand new JV original Christmas song:
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS (lyric sample below)
& we'll play the title song on the latest JOHN VESTER CD
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST (my song for Venice, CA)
Our great friend JIM WEST will accompany us on guitar
then Jim will end our set with a solo instrumental
Hawaiian Slack Key guitar version of a Christmas standard
(Poster for Jim's new Hawaiian Slack Key Christmas album below)
Please join us here in the heart of downtown Venice CA
for this free outdoor event, open to the public
(streets blocked off/stage in front of the sign)
to help us continue this new tradition of lighting The VENICE sign
in holiday colors, it's fun! (& very close to our house!)
Robert Downey Jr. was the celebrity guest who threw the switch
to light the sign last year (VENICE played) not sure who
the celebrity guest is this year, live music begins at 6,
we're the 2nd act of the evening
New original JV Christmas song lyric sample:
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS
What I want for Christmas isn't for me
it's not a present under the the tree
it's a hope for the sprit of Christmas to be
the spirit of giving to all those in need:
A smile for the sad ones out on the street,
for the hungry, something to eat
a home for the homeless, shoes for their feet
for the orphans, a family
This holiday season,these are the things
I'm asking the spirit of Christmas to bring
© 2013 JOHN VESTER
12/6/13 Event poster
JOHN & MARIA VESTER
Poster for JIM WEST'S new Christmas album
JOHN & MARIA VESTER live set 10/11/13 Letelier Studio Venice CA at
MARY FAMA & FRANCISCO LETELIER'S Venice Art Block Salon
Thanks for having us Francisco & Mary!
That was fun! & Your paintings & the works of
other local Venice artists are beautiful!
Thanks again for fixing up your courtyard garden setting
stage so nicely, & for the widely varied, interesting,
bohemian mix of Venice folks who attend your events
Also Thanks to Don Barrozo for the sound system
& Thanks to all who performed at & attended the Salon
& One more Thanks for listening,
we mainly played new songs, several world debuts
ending our set with my new original Halloween song:
HAVE A VERY SCARY HALLOWEEN!
JOHN & MARIA VESTER 10/11/13 Letelier Studio Venice CA FRANCISCO & MARY'S Venice Art Block Salon
Thanks AGAIN to you all for helping to make our first ever
art & music garden party the fun event that it was
A PIECE OF THE SKY
Art & Music Garden Party 4/14/13 Venice, CA
Our old friends from Venice, CA (& the band VENICE)
joining our even older friends from Cincinnati
onstage for our encore at the end of our live set:
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST
JOHN & MARIA VESTER with Ron Sachs, Jan Hunter,
Stanley Behrens, Dann Gillen, Marky Lennon, Michael Lennon
& Kipp Lennon
Sound by Peter Valenzuela
Featuring the beautiful art & home of Marybeth Fama
Event produced by Francisco Letelier
Photo by Iris Debelder
Our 90 minute set of mainly new original JV songs was well received by an appreciative, listening crowd, in a very Venice, CA beautiful garden setting
The beautiful art of Mary Fama (Thanks AGAIN Mary & Francisco!)
Please Join Us For This Very Special First Ever Event In Venice, CA
A PIECE OF THE SKY Art & Music Garden Party 4/14/13
Featuring the beautiful paintings of MARY FAMA
& Live original music by JOHN & MARIA VESTER
with special guests RON SACHS, JAN HUNTER & STAN BEHRENS
See you there!
Invitation (with Mary's art) by Francisco Letelier
JOHN VESTER: THIS OLD GRINGO CORAZON
Early Versions Download EP Pkg. #2
Our 2nd in a limited series of pay for download EP pkgs. asking your help to continue funding
the production of my next album (#5 working title A PIECE OF THE SKY)
with a donation of $15 or more in exchange for a download EP of 5 more early versions of
new JOHN VESTER recordings selected from the best of unrecorded Vestertunes over the last 40 years
If you donated for EP download #1 we are simplifying our donate for download method
with EP download #2 by asking donators to simply donate then we will send you link to download
Please view our new 30 second video in support of downloading EP Pkg. #2
by clicking on the image below
Thanks for your donations!
Next Album Update: JOHN VESTER A PIECE OF THE SKY
Though there were multiple unofficial sessions leading up to it
our first official session working on the next JV album
with co-producer & old friend Bruno Coon was nov. 29th 2012
Hoping to complete my next album in 2013 with Bruno's help!
In an effort to generate more needed project funding,
we'll be introducing stage 2 in our pay for download series asap:
JOHN VESTER: THIS OLD GRINGO CORAZON
Early Versions Download EP Pkg. #2
Stay tuned for 5 more new early version recordings
still warm, fresh out of the oven in the Vestertunes song kitchen
here in the heart of downtown Venice, CA USA
Working with BRUNO COON 11/29/12 Venice, CA
JOHN & MARIA VESTER celebrating our first official session with BRUNO COON
11/29/12 Code Venice
JOHN & MARIA VESTER with RON SACHS, JAN HUNTER & JUDE JONES
Private House Concert 10/21/12 Oakley, Ohio
Thanks so much to Bruce & Judy (Scheurer) Evans
for inviting us to play this fun house concert in their beautiful home
in my original hometown of Cincinnati
Special thanks to old friends & hometown musical support section
Ron Sachs, Jan Hunter & Jude Jones
Our best concert in Cincinnati to date (in recent years!) 2012 edition
Photo below shows us ending our set with Happy Birthday
to my Mom, Eileen Vester on (the day before) her 84th!
JOHN & MARIA VESTER with RON SACHS, JAN HUNTER & JUDE JONES 10/21/12 Oakley, Ohio
JOHN VESTER: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS
Early Versions Download EP Pkg. #1
Our first in a limited series of pay for download EP pkgs. Asking your help to fund the production of my next album
(#5 working title A PIECE OF THE SKY) with a donation of $15 or more in exchange for a download EP pkg. of early versions of new JOHN VESTER recordings
selected from the best of unrecorded Vestertunes over the last 40 years.
Please view our new video in support of our download EP by clicking on the image below.
Thanks in advance for your donation!
As our St. Patrick's Day greeting this year
here's the original certificate (below)
from when I kissed the Blarney Stone (35 years ago?!?)
HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!
Have a green one! jv
(Click image for a larger version)
DECEMBER 2011: LISTEN NOW LIVE!
WELCOME ABOARD NEW WEBMASTER
Thanks to our new Webmaster Dann Gillen,
LISTEN is now fully functional for the first time!
Hear all tracks on all 4 solo John Vester CDs at LISTEN
All 4 CDs are now available at STORE via paypal
(CDs #1, 2, & 3 are currently ONLY available at LISTEN)
Get your Christmas orders in NOW!
Welcome Aboard new Webmaster Dann Gillen!
(& Thanks to Todd Roat for your work as webmaster in recent years, & Sidney Rutten before Todd & Linda Ranklin before Sid!)
2011 wasn't an easy year....but in spite of it:
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! & Here's to 2012! jv
JOHN & MARIA VESTER 9/26/11 Big Sur, Ca. USA
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST video shooting wrapped 10/31/11
Here's some photos from our video shoots for the title track on my latest release
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST, my song for Venice, Ca. USA
We shot our last local Venice, Ca. video shoot locations in the Venice Canals
& at the beach end of Rose Ave. & wrapped shooting 10/31/11
Editing stage begins in november, finished product by december 2011 (soonest)
Thanks AGAIN to Rene Kock for all your thoughtful work producing, directing
& shooting our fun video! (& Thanks in advance to Nadia Hennrich for editing)
& Thanks to Matt Levitz for your helpful input at the earliest planning stages
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST solo guitar/vocal video shoots 10/31/11 Venice, Ca USA
Special Thanks to all who helped to make it possible to include this cool truck in our video,
especially Tom, Emilio & Allie at Venice Alehouse, Kevin at Orbit In Palm Springs
& Rene for risking life & limb, shooting from the back of a speeding pickup....
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST video truck shoot 10/15/11 Vasquez Rocks, Ca USA
Very Special Thanks to Herman Pettegrove at The Cadillac Hotel
for allowing us to shoot our video band on the rooftop of the Cadillac,
directly overlooking the subject of my song: Venice Beach
Optimal conditions, ideal location, great band & 2 HD cams
in the golden light just before sunset, it was fun!
Extra Special Thanks to our video band,
Michael, Mark, Kipp, Pat & Tom Lennon, Stan Behrens, Mark Harris & Rich Mangicaro
production team Rene & Nadia, crew Scot & Maria & catering Windward Farms
(& Greg Leisz for lending us the cool old Emmons steel)
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST video band shoot 8/18/11 Venice, Ca USA
MARCH 2011: JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS In Concert with Special Guest
BROOKE PERNICE 3/25/11 7:30 PM G2 Gallery Venice, Ca.
DECEMBER 2010: : JOHN & MARIA VESTER with RON SACHS & JAN HUNTER - 12/29/10 7:00 PM
Private House Concert At the home of Dave & Marcia Kucia Cincinnati, Ohio. Thanks to all our family & old friends who made it to our festive holiday houseconcert/gathering of friends who haven't seen each other for years.... It was great to play for you all, & to see everybody again!
Special thanks to Ron & Jan for playing, & to Dave & Marcia for having us in your beautiful house.....back home in Cincinnati
HAPPY HOLIDAYS & HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011! jv
DECEMBER 2010: Animal House Christmas Party - 12/19/10 from 5-7:00 PM
Animal House, 66 Windward Ave., Venice, CA 90291 | ph: 310-392-5411
Live original and seasonal acoustic music by John and Maria Vester with Michael Lennon, Rich Mangicaro, and the amazing return of Stan Behrens!
Download the flyer.
JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS, Tuesday Nights in December '09 - Residency at The Stronghold
12/1, 12/8, 12/15 - 10:00 PM
1625 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, Ca. 90291
Venice, Ca. Folk Americana songwriter
JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS: RICH MANGICARO percussion, CARL BYRON accordion, STAN BEHRENS harmonica, MARIA VESTER harmony vocals, with special guest MARK LENNON (when possible).
Will be in residence at the Stronghold in Venice the first 3 tuesday nights in December working out an eclectic mix of new songs that will become the next JOHN VESTER release
on Venetian Records, working title: A PIECE OF THE SKY (with selections from John's previous releases). Local/Global songwriter TOM FREUND played his special brand of Folk Americana to very appreciative, growing audiences in a residency at The Stronghold every tues. at 10:00 in November. Please come out & help us continue this new tradition in December of live original music at this great new venue, & catch the earliest stages of a fun developing underground speakeasy Folk Americana concert scene in Venice!
Opening acts at 9:00 PM:
12/1 ALANA SWEETWATER
12/8 BRUNO with TALKBACK
12/15 ADAM EZRA
$10 donation requested
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The latest release by JOHN VESTER on Venetian Records ALL THE WAY OUT WEST is now on CD Baby's Editors Picks (Folk Americana). Hear all tracks with nice editors review at: cdbaby.com/cd/johnvester
OCTOBER 2009: JOHN & MARIA VESTER 10/17/09 8:00 PM Zoey's Cafe Ventura, CA
451 E. Main St.
Ventura, Ca. 93001
We'll play a 30 minute set opening for Grammy nominated, great vocalist
PERLA BATALLA & master songwriter DAVID BATTEAU
8:00 JOHN & MARIA VESTER
8:45 PERLA BATALLA & DAVID BATTEAU
9:45 JOHN CODY
Please join us for a special evening of original music
at our first appearance at this very nice venue in Ventura, Ca.
JOHN & MARIA VESTER, Sunday 9/20/09 6:00 PM Allyn's Cafe Cincinnati, Ohio
JOHN & MARIA VESTER
3538 Columbia Pkwy.
Cincinnati Ohio 45226-2140
2 sets 6:00 & 7:00 before The Bluebirds at 9:00
Please join us for a special evening of original songs
(Folk Americana with widely varying influences)
by Venice, California songwriter JOHN VESTER
originally from Cincinnati, returning to play for
old friends & family for the first time in 35 years!
With MARIA VESTER singing harmony
& Special Guests sitting in!
SEPTEMBER 2009: JOHN & MARIA VESTER - 9/18/2009 HOUSE CONCERT AT EJ & JULIE GLASER'S, St. Louis, Missouri
House Concert at EJ & JULIE GLASER'S
E.J. and Julie are thrilled to present our first ever house concert.
Friday, September 18 at 7:30 PM at our house at 1506 Windridge Dr. Des Peres, MO 63131
You are invited for a very special evening of original music (Folk Americana with widely varying influences) by Venice, CA songwriter and close friend (yes, he’s originally from Cincinnati) John Vester. John will be joined by his new bride, Maria Vester who will be singing harmony along with some other friends sitting in. John and I have been great friends since the age of 15 and have had many escapades together that hopefully have not made it into any of his songs.
The evening will open with a few songs by Glaze and the Moonkings and then we’ll settle in for 2 great sets from John.
Beer and wine along with great Hors D’ Oeuvres will be in plentiful supply and the suggested donation for the evening is only $15.00 per person. All the money will go to the feature act (it’s a long way from California).
The house is open at 7:30 and the show will start at 8:00 PM. Please email email@example.com or call 314 965 7959 to RSVP. We sure hope you can make it for this special event. If you have any other friends you would like to bring – please do.
E. J & Julie
AUGUST 2009: JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS - SATURDAY AUGUST 29th 2009 7:30 p.m. Venice, CA
House Concert at RAY FLORES BOARD GALLERY
1510 Pacific Ave.
Venice, Ca. 90291
JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS will perform the first ever house concert
at RAY FLORES BOARD GALLERY 8/29/09
FOR RESERVATIONS email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: (310) 827-2256
Website: www. rayfloresboardgallery.com
Please join us for an evening of fresh new original Venice music,
& help us start up a fun new alternative concert venue at Ray's gallery
right here in the heart of downtown Venice, Ca. USA!
7:15 Doors Open ($15 Donation at door)
7:30 Opening set by MAETAR
8:00 JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS Set I
9:10 JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS Set II
JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS
(RICH MANGICARO percussion, STAN BEHRENS harmonica,
CARL BYRON accordion, JIM WEST guitar & lapsteel, MARIA VESTER vocals,
with Special Guest MARK LENNON of the band VENICE)
will play 2 sets of mainly new works that will become the next release
by JOHN VESTER on Venetian Records, working title: A PIECE OF THE SKY
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MAETAR, brothers Hagai & Itai Izraeli will open with their special brand of
'jazz/funk/world/mideast/classical/free/rock/other' original music,
that will contrast nicely from & lead well into the more rootsy 'surf cowboy'
Americana of JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS
JULY 2009: JOHN & MARIA VESTER 7/22/09 9:00 CLUB 705
Just back from some fun concerts in Holland, JOHN & MARIA VESTER
will play mainly new JV songs, continuing to work out their
new (Maria) & old (John) singing couple format,
at this weekly South Bay Songwriters Series hosted by
old friend ALFRED JOHNSON & new friend JODI SIEGEL
(30 minute set around 9:00)
705 Pier Ave. (near PCH [Sepulveda] & Pier)
Hermosa Beach, California 90254
(310) 392-9705 www.club705.com
Free parking---lot in back
First Ever JOHN VESTER DUTCH QUARTET 7/2/09 De Harmonie Edam, Holland
left to right: ANDREE MANUSAMA dobro, MARIA VESTER vocal, JOHN VESTER, and BEN BOUMAN harmonica
JULY 2009: JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS 7/2/09 9:00 p.m.
De Harmonie Edam, Holland
Greetings to our friends & family in Holland! from Venice, California USA
Late Breaking News!:
JOHN VESTER will return to Holland in July & will perform a special one show only concert July 2nd 2009 9:00 p.m.
at De Harmonie, Edam. For reservations email to: email@example.com or call: 0299-371664.
Featuring the first ever JOHN VESTER Dutch Quartet! introducing MARIA VESTER on harmony vocals! with the return of ANDREE MANUSAMA dobro
& BEN BOUMAN harmonica Two sets with intermission will include a collection of very new songs that will become the next JV release---working title: A PIECE OF THE SKY
& some old favorites. Please join us at this beautiful old venue in Edam for a special evening of music, a one night only intimate update on John's latest ongoing works in progress,
& a happy celebration of the wedding of John & Maria Vester on our first return to Holland since our American/Dutch wedding!
See you soon! Proost!: jv
APRIL 2009: JOHN VESTER & Friends 4/4/09 8:00 Trilogy Guitars
143 Culver Blvd.
Playa Del Rey, Ca. 90293
For tickets/info contact Ryan at Trilogy:
JOHN VESTER & Friends MARK LENNON, MARIA VESTER, JIM WEST,
RICH MANGICARO, PAT LENNON & STAN BEHRENS
return to this special venue playing very new works in progress,
selections from the latest JOHN VESTER release on Venetian Records
All The Way Out West, & some old favorites
Featuring the return of JIM WEST on guitars & lapsteel
& introducing MARIA VESTER on harmony vocals!
w/Special Guest MARK LENNON!
Trilogy Guitars is a beautiful, intimate (60 max), triangular shaped,
great sounding venue, run by very nice people, at the beach in Playa
that will sell out, so call/email for tickets NOW!
JOHN VESTER & Friends 2/1/09 Hollow Body at TRIP
CARL BRYON, STAN BEHRENS (hidden), MARIA VESTER, MARK LENNON,
RICH MANGICARO (hidden), JOHN VESTER & JIM WEST
FEBRUARY 2009: Hollow Body at TRIP (2/1/09 9:30 pm)
JOHN VESTER & Friends:
MARK LENNON, JIM WEST,
RICH MANGICARO & STAN BEHRENS
playing songs from All The Way Out West
and some very new works in progress.
Please come out & help us ring in this very
promising new year at this new venue in
our hood with our first show of 2009!
DECEMBER 2008: First Annual Animal House Christmas Party!
Click image below for full brochure:
OCTOBER 2008: Folk Alliance Far-West Conference Premiere Showcase 8:15 PM
Phoenix Marriott Mesa Hotel
200 North Centenniel Way
Mesa, AZ 85201
Renee Bodie, Conference Coordinator
SEPTEMBER 2008: JOHN VESTER: All The Way Out West on CD Baby Editors Picks!
New release now available on CD Baby, itunes & amazon.com (full jv catalog will be available at CD Baby & affiliates asap).
Don't know why we waited so long to make John's work available on CD Baby --- but as soon as we did --- CD Baby responded
with the (brilliant!) review below & put us on their Editors Picks.
It's good to hear that someone out there (at CD Baby) is listening.
Thanks CD Baby!
From CD Baby:
We love your "JOHN VESTER: All the Way Out West" CD so much that
we're featuring it in our Editor's Picks section from now on.
We're *really* picky about what we feature. We get about 200-250 new
albums a DAY coming in here now, (about 200,000 total), and yours is
one of the best we've ever heard.
HERE'S OUR REVIEW:
With a seamless blend of Eastern and Western influences, John Vester
has created a delightful, thought-provoking album that's reminiscent
of George Harrison and Rufus Wainwright. Vester has Harrison's knack
for serpentine, sinewy melodies that are wonderfully melodic, yet
crafted with enough skill that you'll love to listen to the album on
repeat a few times, so that you can sing along. "Put All Your Heart In A Song"
features a droning tambura, wiry violin, and some backwards
guitars, all working together to give it a distinctly psychedelic
folk/rock, late 60s feel. The first five songs on the album continue
with the middle-eastern vibe, but the album takes a bit of a turn on
the title track, which is straight up countrified Americana, with
layered chorus harmonies, like we might hear from the Traveling
Wilburys. From there, the album continues with a stronger western
feel, with harmonica, pedal steel guitar, and luscious harmonies on
songs like "Warm & Tender Lullabye", while "I Wish I Was Back Home In Cincinnati"
feels like an early 70s Dylan track, in the best way.
We find dobro, violin, accordion, and even bagpipes adorning the rest of
the album, and the rich diversity of instruments help convey the
east-meets-west feeling of the album. Vester's vocals have an honest,
earnest quality that is, again, reminiscent of the latter days of
George Harrison. It sounds like Vester has spent a good amount of time
honing his craft, and this album deserves to be listened to.
We're very proud to be selling your music at CD Baby, so if there's
anything we can do to help, please let us know.
CD Baby Editors - Brad, Chris, and Peter
5925 NE 80 Ave, Portland OR 97218-2891, USA
SUMMER 2008: ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Holland Tour Report
The new release & first ever JV Dutch ensemble were warmly received by our friends in the
Netherlands---special thanks to Maria, Andree & Debby, Ben, Matthijs, Niek, Koos & Xenia,
to the venues, to our new friends we made in in Holland this trip & old friends who continue
to come to our shows over there. (JV Holland Tour #6) That was fun! Proost!
JOHN VESTER: ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Holland Tour Nijega 5/3/08: Featuring Andree Manusama on dobro & pedal steel guitar & Ben Bouman on harmonica
MARCH 2008: ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Holland Tour dates
- Sat. April 19, 2008 8:00 p.m.
Moluks Historisch Museum Sedjarah Maluku (Moluccan History Museum Theater)
Kruisstraat 313, 3581 GK UTRECHT
tickets E. 15,00
for reservations email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Thurs. Apr. 24, 2008 9:00 p.m.
or call: 0299-371664
Voorhaven 92-94, 1135 BT EDAM
tickets E. 15,00
for reservations email to: email@example.com
- Sat. Apr. 26, 2008 7:00 p.m.
Houseboat Concert in BEEMSTER
tickets E. 25,00 (including dinner, drinks & concert)
dinner 7:00 concert 8:00
(limited seating order soon!)
for reservations email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fri. May 2, 2008 8:00 p.m.
Kafee De Splinter
Dominicanenstraat 6-8, 5911 KA VENLO
tickets E. 15,00
for reservations email to: email@example.com
or call: 077-3516029
- sat. may 3rd 8:00 p.m. Kommissiehuys
Kommisjewei 1, 9712 RL NIJEGA
tickets E. 15,00
for reservations email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or email@example.com or call: 0512-372972/ 06-46212207
APRIL 2008: ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Holland Tour
John Vester will return to Holland in april 2008 for his next solo concert tour
in support of his new release: ALL THE WAY OUT WEST
In addition to his 4 previous solo tours since 2002, John also toured Holland
in 2003 with his friends in the band Venice & in 2005 with the John Vester Mark Lennon duo tour
The John Vester concerts during the upcoming ALL THE WAY OUT WEST
tour will feature songs from his new release, along with a colorful mix
of songs from his previous releases, songs co-written with Venice,
& some very new works in progress
Some shows on the tour will be solo guitar/vocal & on some shows John will be
accompanied by Andree Manusama on dobro & or Tollak Ollestad on harmonica
Thanks in advance to all my friends in Holland for coming to my
concerts in april/may 2008 at the venues listed below -- I look forward to seeing you all again --
& playing my new (& old) songs for you! Proost!: jv
MARCH 2008: ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Release Concert
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Release Concert
Featuring special guests Michael, Mark, Kipp & Pat Lennon, Rich Mangicaro, Mark Harris, Carl Byron & Stan Behrens
Sun. 3/30/08 7:00 p.m.
3101 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, Ca. 90405
Tickets available at McCabes
or by phone (310) 828-4497
or online at www.mccabes.com
Celebrating the 3/30/08 release date of John Vester's best work to date ALL THE WAY OUT WEST. Playing with good friends who played on the record at one of the coolest venues in the world! We'll play songs on the new record, dust off some chestnuts, & reveal some very new works in progress This will be a fun show!
The best JV concert ever! & The Release Concert at McCabes is the send-off to the upcoming ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Holland Tour apr. 16th-may 6th 2008!
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Release Concert at McCabes 3/30/08
The release concert at McCabes was even more fun than than Trilogy --- a really good band, best range of songs old & new, best gathering of friends & musicians, great sound at a great old venue, best JV concert to date---a great send-off to the upcoming ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Holland Tour (APRIL/MAY 2008). From left to right: Michael Lennon, Mark Harris, Mark Lennon, Rich Mangicaro, John Vester, Carl Byron, Kipp Lennon, Stan Behrens
FEBRUARY 2008: ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Pre-Release Concert
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Pre-Release Concert
Featuring Special Guests Michael & Mark Lennon, Stan Behrens & Rich Mangicaro
Sat. 2/23/08 8:00 p.m.
143 Culver Blvd. Playa Del Rey, Ca. 90293
For tickets/info contact Ryan at Trilogy either by phone (310) 305-7577 or by e-mail at
This promises to be a special evening of introducing new songs on the 2008 John Vester release ALL THE WAY OUT WEST. Produced by Michael Lennon & John Vester. We'll dust off some old chestnuts --- and we'll debut some very new works in progress. Trilogy Guitars is a beautiful, intimate (60 max), triangular, great sounding venue that will sell out quickly - call/email for tickets now!
ALL THE WAY OUT WEST Pre-Release Concert at Trilogy Guitars Playa Del Rey, Ca. 2/23/08
John Vester with Michael, Mark, Kipp & Pat Lennon (not pictured: Rich Mangicaro & Stan Behrens). On a very rainy saturday night in Playa Del Rey---jv doesn't look happy in this shot---but he is: his lifetime favorite concert so far
JANUARY 2008: NOVATUNES LAUNCHED!
The cool new label that John Vester has signed with NOVATUNES officially launched 1/14/08.
Go to: novatunes.com & click on John's photo in artist directory (pg. 3) to get to his artist pages at the label. You can do that without signing up. Sign up at novatunes to download the new DP (digital version) of ALL THE WAY OUT WEST!
JANUARY 2008: VESTERTUNES!
As of January 2008 the sign up for VESTERTUNES email list is now working again. Please sign up by clicking the VESTERTUNES icon to the right. You will then receive an automatic response requesting to send your e address to VESTERTUNES to be notified of upcoming concerts, releases, and news.
DECEMBER 2007: ALL THE WAY OUT WEST NOW AVAILABLE!
Advance copies of John Vester's 4th solo release now available at STORE -- prior to official release date TBA!
AUGUST 2007 - ILLUSTRATIONS FOR NEXT CD COMPLETED (MIXING IN PROGRESS)
Originals of illustrated lyrics and paintings for CDs #2 and 3 (plus several Venice songs) -- 8/5/07
w/originals of hand printed lyrics w/watercolor pen and ink illustrations
for The Devil's Playground
JUNE 2007 RECORDING NEXT CD COMPLETED
Recording Pat, Kipp & Michael Lennon - night session 6/19/07. Work in progress: All The Way Out West (Fittingly---all 4 Lennons in the band Venice lend their voices to this new snappy little tune about Venice, Ca. USA --- & give it a rousing hometown chorus!). Thanks again to Michael, Mark, Kipp & Pat---Great to have all 4 of you on this record!
After a long, late night session of getting quick mixes of all 14 work tracks 6/27/07. On 1 CD for the first time---John Vester & Michael Lennon toast to: the next John Vester CD: THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND RECORDING: COMPLETED!
w/a few fixes before beginning to mix in july when Michael
returns from the road w/Venice)
VENICE FEST 6/24
Venice Fest 6/24/07 John Vester & Friends (left to right): Mark Lennon (vocal), John Vester (guitar, vocal), Stan Behrens
(harmonica), Carl Byron (accordion) live debut of 4 new songs on the next JVCD
John Vester merchandise available at Venice Fest left of Venice The Band merch): 3 solo JVCDs (#4 soon!)/JVML DVD/CD (PAL format only!)/JVML promo CD/ JVCD art prints (nice Venice merch girl in photo: Amber)---thanks Amber1
Joined onstage by members of the band Venice---to debut the new John Vester song about his hometown of 20 years---Venice, Ca, USA: All The Way Out West
It was a fitting song for the occasion & location of the The Venice Fest & lighting of the new Venice sign over Windward Ave.---left to right: Pat Lennon (vocal); Kipp Lennon (vocal); Michael Lennon (drums!?!); Mark Lennon (vocal); Mark Harris (bass); John Vester (guitar/vocal); Stan Behrens harmonica); Carl Byron (accordion)
SUNDAY JUNE 24th 2007:
Free outdoor concert in downtown Venice, Ca. stage at Windward & Ocean Front Walk.
Short set at 5:00 p.m. before Mark Lennon w/Brig Band at 5:20 then Venice at 6:30
MAY 2007 RECORDING NEXT CD CONTINUES:
Recording the amazing Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar and dobro, 5/8/07. Work in progress: Lucky You
MARCH 2007 - Recording Next CD with Michael Lennon
2/27/07: Happy to be working w/Michael Lennon again who is co-producing The Devil's Playground
And introducing our new 'little friend': Tacoma 12 string papoose
2/27/07: Work in progress - I Don't Want To Say Good-bye
Michael Lennon is great to work with - a serious, no nonsense, nose to the grindstone co-producer who doesn't monkey around in the studio.
HOLLAND DECEMBER 2006
Utrecht, 12/22/06: Moluccan History Museum Theater
Utrecht, 12/22/06: w/Andree Manusama (Dobro Bro) on dobro
Utrecht, 12/22/06: w/Wim Manuhutu (Moluccan Museum) & Andree Manusama (Dobro Bro)
Nijega, 12/23/06: Fond Farewell to t'Kommissiehuys Concert.
JV was the first artist to perform at t'Kommissiehuys in Nijega when they opened in 2002, and the last to perform there at the Fond Farewell Concert 12/23/06 --- closing in 07.
Farewell Concert was 5th JV appearance at t/Kommissiehuys since 2002....
Nijega, 12/23/06: I Don't Want To Say Good-Bye to good friends Joke & Rienk Vroegop (owner/proprietors of t/Kommissiehuys in from 2002-2006).
Amsterdam, 12/24/06: Christmas Eve in Old Amsterdam upstairs window seat at Cassa di David overlooking the Christmas lights on the bridges across the Singel Canal.
Beemster, 12/27/06: Houseboat Concert outside canal view at sunset w/Maria Manusama (Special thanks to Niek & Maureen for the Indonesian feast and for having the [first ever?] houseboat concert on your boat).
Beemster, 12/27/06: Houseboat concert w/Andree Manusama.
Kinderdijk, 12/31/06: w/Maria Manusama.
Schiphol (Amsterdam Airport), 1/1/07: w/Maria Manusama and Koos and Xenia Groot pre-return flight after a very successful December 06 mission to Holland.
Extra Special, heartfelt thanks to Maria, Koos and Xenia (December 06 jv Holland team) for everything.... and thanks to everybody who came to the December 06 Holland concerts!
... & Thanks to Maria for (most of) these photos
... & Thanks to Todd for posting (all of) these photos
DECEMBER 22nd, 23rd and 27th 2006, HOLLAND:
Friday December 22nd 8:15 P.M.: Moluks Historisch Museum Sedjarah Maluku
After Solo Concert Tours Of Holland In 2002, 2003 & 2004
& A Duo Tour Of Holland withMark Lennon In 2005,
John Vester Will Return To Holland
For Several Solo Concerts In December 2006:
Saturday December 23rd 8:30 P.M.: ’T Kommissiehuys Fond Farewell Concert
Wednesday December 27th : Private Houseboat Concert, Beemster, NL
- Kommissiewei 1, 9712rl Nijega
- For Reservations call: 0512-372972 Or E-mail To: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tickets € 15,00
For Reservations E-mail To: email@example.com
ADDITIONAL DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
John Vester CDs/DVDs available at shows in Holland and www.johnvester.com (Via Paypal):
John Vester Is Also An Illustrator & His Solo Cd Packages Are Hand
Printed & Illustrated By The Artist (Including A Booklet With
- My Heart Is In Your Hands (Jv Solo 1998)
- Half A World Away (Jv Solo 2002)
- Things I Wish I Would Have Said (Jv Solo 2004)
- JVML Tour Promo Cd (Duo With with Mark Lennon 2005)
- JVML holland tour Live Concert Dvd/Cd (Duo With
Mark Lennon 2006)
John Is Currently Recording Jv Solo Cd #4: The Devil's Playground
OCTOBER 28th 2006 VENICE BEACH CARNEVALE
JOHN VESTER & FRIENDS
View the program
4:15-5:00 pm Grand Stage
Free music/arts street festival!
Rright here in downtown Venice, CA
Carl Byron - accordion
Troy Reigleman - guitar
Rich Mangicaro - percussion
John Vester - vocal/guitar
Michael Now - vocal/guitar
Stan Behrens - harmonica
OCTOBER 1, 2006
MARK LENNON & JOHN VESTER HOUSE CONCERT CARPINTERIA, CA.
October 1, 2006, 4 PM
Special House Concert On The Lawn
501 Concha Loma Dr., Carpinteria, CA.
[Click Here] for the full size brochure
our performance was intense (in tents)
singin' in the rain
RECORDING THE NEXT JOHN VESTER CD: THE DEVIL'S PLAYGROUND
Working at Chris Horvath's Jamnation Studio in Mar Vista, Ca. - 8/23/06.
New work in progress: Beeswax Is My Beeswax.
LONG OVERDUE SITE UPDATE 2006
Thanks so much to Todd W. Roat and my sister Eileen Vester for updating this site 8/22/06
JVML Holland Tour 2005 Thank Yous
to our promoter Frits Tuijn---for making our JVML Tour 2005 possible
to Mark Lennon for doing our
great tour w/me
(& to Venice for joining us....)
to Stef & Cindy Geurtzen
(Design Line Doetinchem, NL)
for tour graphic design
to Hans Veldhuizen for
all your help....
to Maria Manusama for all these great photos
& for all your help w/tour merchandise---
& for travelling all those miles w/me---& more....
to Sidney Rutten
for so patiently posting all these photos
JVML AUSTIN HOUSE CONCERT
Maria Manusama & John Vester
at Woodmagic cottage, Austin
for the 2nd time
in Fort Worth, Texas boot store
On the long drive back
from Austin to LA---(Mark flew)---
We stopped at the Grand Canyon---
Maria Manusama & John Vester
back in Venice, Ca.
after driving from LA to Austin & back
(3, 400 miles)
jv w/Texas sunset
John & Mark
at Wood Magic Cottage, Austin
Kampeground House Concert #3
10/22/05 Kampeground House Concert
Maria w/JVML merchandise
at Mark Lennon's, Venice, Ca.---
Mark's House: show 1st set
JVML Private gathering
jv Malibu sunset
Malibu: Mark w/John
JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON
(10 JVML concerts---
3 JVML live radio shows
Venice concert w/jv)---
Rehearsing in the room at the
Amsterdam Renaissance Hotel
Grote Kerk: Venice show w/jv
Grote Kerk: Mark w/John
de Duif: soundcheck
Michael, Kipp & Pat Lennon
Apeldoorn Bluescafe 9/14/05 soundcheck
Special thanks to our JVML HOLLAND TOUR crew:
(left to right) Frits, Mark, Sylvia, Harma, jv, Xenia & Maria
de Splinter: soundcheck
de Splinter: show
w/Michael Lennon & Nick Bult
de Duif: show
de Duif 9/18/05 sounddcheck
JVML w/Michel Lennon & Nick Bult
de Duif: show
w/Michael, Kipp & Pat
2 live radio shows:
Ruud Hermans & Cappucino
Live radio show Muziekcafe: interview
SEPTEMBER 1st & 2nd
JVML Additional Tour preview appearances
JVML (short) tour preview show
at Flip's 9/2/05
Mark w/John sitting in
at The Blue Parrot
kid watching Mark: Tommy
John Vester w/Maria Manusama Avalon Harbor
(photo by Mark Lennon)
AUGUST 20th, 2005
JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON
TOUR PREVIEW SHOW AT McCABE'S ---
REHEARSING FOR THE FIRST EVER
JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON
2 Voices, 1 Guitar Holland Tour 2005
at home in Venice, Ca. ---
JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON KAMPEGROUND HOUSE CONCERT
AUSTIN , TEXAS
SAT. OCT. 22nd 7:30 P.M.
Private House Concert
JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON Y BAR & GRILL AUSTIN, TEXAS
FRI. OCT. 21st 7:30-10:30 P.M.
Y BAR & Grill
7720 Highway 71 West
Oak Hill, Texas 78735
JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON WELCOME HOME FROM HOLLAND TOUR
BACKYARD HOUSE CONCERT
SAT. OCT. 15th 4:30-7:00 P.M.
(Concert will start promptly at 5:00 P.M.)
Poolside at Mark's (Venice, Ca.)
contact: <darylmark's firstname.lastname@example.org>
JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON Tour in Holland september 8-18th 2005
After many performances together in & around Los Angeles through the years, John Vester & Mark Lennon are taking their show on the road for the first time & will be touring in Holland september 8-18th
THE JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON 2 VOICES, 1 GUITAR
Concert Tour will feature new, recent & older works of both American artists
Both artists live in Venice Beach, California & both have a long history in music....
originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, started playing in bands there in the early 70s, moving to L.A. in 1978. For the next 20 years he worked in L.A. as a singer/songwriter/guitarist developing his craft---finally delivering his first cd in 1998:
My Heart Is In Your Hands, followed by
Half A World Away in 2002
& Things I Wish I Would Have Said in 2004 John has also written & co-written a number of songs on the last 5 album releases by the American band Venice
(including: Venice 2 Meter Sessies which earned a gold record award in Holland in 2003)
was born & raised in Venice, California & has been lead singer for the band Venice since 1978---This multi-talented artist has co-written many of the songs on Venice albums & is also well known for his great vocal sound as a session singer---with an extensive track record of albums by other artists featuring his special voice Mark has sung with Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Cher & many more....
* ABC in CONCERT
* ABC in CONCERT www.abc-opleidingen.nl
* De Troubadour www.de-troubadour.com
* De Avenue www.avenue-venlo.nl
* Het Bluescafé www.bluescafe.nl
* Dorpstheater www.dorpstheaterwormer.nl
* Kommissiehuijs www. Kommissiehuys.nl
* Kommissiehuijs www. Kommissiehuys.nl
* Kerkgebouw De Duif www.stadsherstelamsterdam.nl
Organization and management:
Stichting HNB Events, Nieuweweg 8, 1531 AE Wormer,
The concerts start at 8:30 p.m. (afternoon at 3:30). The shows can be attended after ordering an entrance ticket from the organization. The entrance fee is Euro 15 including service costs.
A maxi-single cd featuring the 2 voices & 1 guitar ofJohn Vester & Mark Lennon has been recorded & produced exclusively for the tour. This cd is only available during the concerts & can be ordered with tickets for Euro 3 (before july 1st) or separately for Euro 5 after that date.
It contains the songs:
Blue Window (NEW) lead vocal John Vester backing vocal Mark Lennon
You’re The One lead vocal Mark Lennon backing vocal John Vester
The Devil’s Playground (NEW) lead vocal John Vester backing vocal Mark Lennon
Matte Kudasai lead vocal Mark Lennon
No Bone To Pick w/Jesus (NEW) lead vocal John Vester backing vocal Mark Lennon
All songs written by John Vester except Matte Kudasai (King Crimson)
JOHN VESTER MARK LENNON 2 Voices, 1 Guitar Holland Tour 2005
PREVIEW CONCERT AT McCABE'S AUGUST 20th 2005
McCabe's Guitar Shop
3101 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, Ca.
sat. august 20th 7:30 p.m
McCabe's box office: (310) 828-4497
JOHN VESTER & MARK LENNON at VENICE CARNEVALE JUNE 25th 2005
5:00 p.m. (30 minute set)
Annual free outdoor festival
right here in the heart of downtown Venice, Ca.
JACKSON BROWNE, OZOMATLI & VENICE w/JOHN VESTER
SANTA MONICA HIGH SCHOOL GREEK THEATER
JUNE 5th 2005
John Vester joins Venice w/Jackson Browne & Ozomatli
Benefit Concert for Santa Monica High School
Sunday Afternoon 2-6:00 p.m.
Santa Monica High School
Santa Monica, Ca.
Tickets available at Tower Records/Ticketron
Bluebird Cafe Nashville Tennessee April 21st 2005
On April 21st 2005 John Vester played at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville for the first time---
to a nearly full house of very good listeners....
Thanks to Jeff Pearson for booking me at The Bluebird, Jimmy Stewart for joining us
in the round, & Special Thanks to Robin Wiley for inviting me....It was fun playing there: jv
John Vester received a Gold Record (Holland) in 2004
For his work with the band Venice on their cd:
Venice: 2 Meter Sessies (Universal) John Vester wrote one song---co-wrote 4 songs w/Venice & plays guitar on 2 tracks on the cd
Thanks very much to my good friends Michael, Mark, Kipp & Pat Lennon, the Band Venice & to their Mgr. Marcel Albers for my first gold record award which now hangs proudly on my wall & Special Thanks to Maria for delivering the gold record in person all the way from Holland to Venice--- it's heavy!
"Featuring first ever series of John Vester concerts in Austin, Texas:
Click on the photo to enlarge.
Recording in LA (10/3/04)
Austin House Concert crowd
House Concert in Austin, Texas (10/9/04)
At Woodmagic Cottage, Austin
with Maria Manusama
John Vester with cactus in Southern Arizona en route from Austin back to Venice, Ca. (10/17/04)
Photos from the House Concert in Austin ,Texas (10/9/04)
Dutch tour finished successfully
[Friday, Juni 18 2004] John Vester successfully finshed his tour for the promotion of his new CD in Holland. Below you'll find photos of this tour. Click on the photos to enlarge.
John in The Netherlands
[Friday, May 31 2004] John Vester has arrived in The Netherlands for the promotion of his new CD.
"Very Exciting", says John, who has been to Amsterdam before, many years ago. Yesterday (Saturday) John and some friends checked out Amsterdam all day and a great part of the night. "We had a great time", says John. "Many things changed, but the atmosphere is still the same. You get a great feeling of freedom in that city..."
Tonight (Sunday) he will do his first show in The Netherlands at The Troubadour in Hardenberg.
You can find more information about the dates and details on the venues on our tourdates page. Click here to go there.
Sign up for John's mailing list 'VesterTunes'in order to receive last-minute information about tourdates and other interesting Vester news.
'Happy Holidays' from John Vester
(and a very special XMas gift for you all...)
[Wednesday, December 24 2003]
On behalf of John Vester himself we wish you all happy holidays... If you're on the VesterTunes mailinglist, you will probably have received John's personal message by e-mail.
John has big plans for the new year that's almost here. At any case there will of course be a new CD, the long awaited 'Road To Where You Are'... Early january he will go into the studio again with Michael Lennon, to record a couple of tracks that were still missing on the wish list. Also they will add additional instruments on previously recorded tracks.
If all goes well, the third 'John Vester Tour of Holland' will take place around May or June...
For now: download John's very special XMas-present for you: a free mp3 of the prolific song 'John Christ', recorded live at the Crossroads Radioshow in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands, on January 9, 2003! Click the link below to download the song!
Download Jim Christ
[Tuesday, December 17 2002]
John Vester will do some shows in The Netherlands again. He accompanies his friends of the band Venice on their trip to the lowlands by the sea for their traditional Christmas Holiday Shows. But with one big difference: John will stay a week longer to do four solo shows in 2003!.
Of course John will be at the Venice shows (and who knows he may even play a tune with them), but more important are his own shows: he's eager to let you hear the new material he's written the last couple of months.
Of course he hopes to see his Dutch fans at the Venice shows and at the fanmeeting in Hardenberg. Starting on January 8, he will do four shows in Enschede, Bergen op Zoom, Nijega and Arnhem. There may be one more show, possibly in Amsterdam, but seating will be limited. See the Dates Page for more information of dates and venues.
Apart from this, other good news is that John's first CD "My Heart Is In Your Hand", which was out of print for some time, will be available at the Venice shows, as well as at the solo-performances. And if you don't have "Half A World Away" yet, you can get that one also at the merchandise stands...
'Vester Unplugged in Holland' project:
sign up for "VesterTunes" to learn more!
[Sunday, June 30 2002] During his trip in The Netherlands John Vester recorded twelve songs at the Murekla Studios in Alphen aan den Rijn, or as John called this city: "Alphen in the Rain"... These recordings will be made available for download in MP3-format in the upcoming weeks.
There are some simple "terms and conditions" for everyone who wants to download these songs and - if you have them all - burn them on a CD. You can read about that in John's email newsletter "VesterTunes". If you did not yet sign up for "VesterTunes", please do so: there's no other way you will be able to join the project.
Every week we will upload two wonderfull MP3's. We will let you know where you have to go to download these files through "Vester Tunes". The songs recorded at the Murekla studios were:
1. Against The Wall
2. Grateful For The Rain
3. Genius Of The Heart
4. Last Of The Red Hot Lovers
5. Where Is My Woman
6. Happy Landings
7. Life Is So Short
8. We're Still Here
9. Little Boy Blew
10. The Right One
11. White Trash Paradise
12. When I get Over You
We will add two more songs that were recorded live and unplugged in The Netherlands:
13. Keep The Homefires Burning
14. The Family Tree
Later this week all subscribers will receive a VesterTunes edition with more information. Click the button on the homepage to sign up.
John with Axel and Arjan of the Murekla studios after the recording session.
Vester Returns to The Netherlands: four solo shows in January 2003.
John Vester joins Michael Lennon at recording studio in Bahamas
[Saturday, June 29 2002] John Vester travelled to the Bahamas yesterday with Michael Lennon's wife Danielle. He was invited to come over to join Michael and Mark Lennon who are still working with producer Terry Manning on the new Venice CD at the Compass Point Studios, near Nassau in the Bahamas.
John: " We narrowly made it through both overbooked stand-by situations with Danielle, but we're finally here with Michael & Mark in this beautiful tropic island paradise. Yoday is a day off, so the four of us spent the first part of today at the amazing white sand beach across the street from the studio, swimming in the warm, crystal clear turquoise blue water under the hot sun with gentle tropic breezes. Tonight we'll go take a look at Nassau and mixing begins tomorrow".
Dutch mini-tour finished successfully
[Wednesday, June 11 2002] After a succesfull mini-tour of the Netherlands, John flew back to the United States on Tuesday. It was hard for him to go: he loved the country, the atmosphere and the audience. The enthousiastic reactions to his performances were ecouraging: John will certainly come back to The Netherlands.
After recording the Two Meter Session, last Friday, John headed to the northern part of The Netherlands, to the village of Nijega in the province of Friesland. He performed at the Gallery 't Kommissiehuys, a beautiful old inn, that was filled with music lovers.
John before his show at the gallery in Nijega, with owner Joke Vroegop and her husband.
Saturday, June 8, John performed in 'Onder De Toren' (Below The Tower) in Terborg. He was accompanied by guitarplayer Michael Geurtzen of the band Boogie Trap. Sunday John played at 'Down Under' in Doetinchem, where he was also joined by Michael.
John in 'Twee Meter Sessies'
[Friday, June 7 2002] This afternoon John Vester will be in Hilversum (the Dutch Radio & TV-City) to tape a Two Meter Session. John was invited by Jan Douwe Kroeske, who was also responsible for the Venice Two Meter Sessions.
Jan Douwe met John for the first time when the TV team was in California for a "Venice TV Special."
Earlier this week, last Tuesday, John recorded twelve songs at the Murekla studio's. These songs will be made available for download at this site in the near future. Sign up for the John Vester email newsletter "VesterTunes" for more information about these high quality MP3's.
John Vester performing at the
BRTO studio's in Bergen op Zoom.
Yesterday (Thursday night) a radio show was recorded at the BRTO-studio's in Bergen op Zoom. This show, including an interview will also be made available through this website, after it is broadcasted. We will let you know more soon about this.
Great show at De Waag in Amsterdam
[Wednesday, June 5 2002] About 40 people attended the invitation only Vester show at De Waag in the center of Amsterdam. De Waag is one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam. The show was in the "Theatrum Anatomicum", a beautiful round room in the top of the building. At that very same location the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt painted his "Anatomical Lesson."
John played two sets for a quiet, but enthousiastic audience. And some funny things happened during the show... You can find a couple of reviews at the review page. Click here to go there.
First Show in Hardenberg
[Monday, June 3 2002] John Vester did his first ever gig in The Netherlands at The Troubadour in Hardenberg last Sunday (June 2). About 70 people attended the show. Many of them fans of the band Venice, who knew John at least by name, because of the songs he wrote and co-wrote. But it must have been somewhat unclear for them what to expect.
John performing at The Troubadour in Hardenberg. It was a perfect start for his promotion tour of Holland.
But after the first song they knew: here was a guy who could sing and play. John did two sets and kept close attention from start to end. And everbody bought at least one copy of the "Half A World Away" CD. The last copies of John's first CD "My Heart Is In Your Hands" sold out at the spot.
Several fans wrote reviews of which we took the liberty to publish them at our our first Review & Photo Page. Click here to take a look...
You can find more information about the dates and details on the venues on our tourdates page. Click here to go there.