Hampton History Museum

Posted on: March 12, 2018

HM Johnson Band - Wednesday, April 18, 6-8 pm


One of the most prolific bands in Hampton Roads, the HM Johnson Band, graces the Great Hall stage for their first appearance as part of the Hampton History Museum’s monthly music series on April 18, 6–8 pm. The band was originally supposed to perform on January 17, but the event was postponed due to snow.

Known for their versatility, this electrifying ensemble of fun-loving, experienced entertainers brings with them an extensive repertoire of original music and their signature stylistic interpretations of favorite songs from a wide-range of genres, including R&B, funk, pop, jump, swing, soul, beach, reggae, blues, jazz, and rock & roll.

Together for almost 19 years, the group is under the leadership of Henry (H.M.) Johnson, a highly respected and experienced music veteran, a superb writer, musician and sound technician. Johnson began playing over 40 years ago. While he doesn't remember exactly what started him down the guitar-playing path, he knows that it was something he just had to do. The first recording that he ever bought was by Chuck Berry, which he quickly wore out. Soon after, he began listening to Wes Montgomery, Albert King, Albert Collins, Pat Martino and B.B. King. These influences have directed Henry over the years of his life, and having brought him to where he now stands.

Johnson has successfully recorded two solo releases: “Feel It” and “Everybody Wants Control of You,” and is currently working on a new project. He also contributed guitar tracks to CBS after school TV specials as well as worked with the CBN cable network and has received high praise from Guitar Player Magazine. In his career, he has toured and performed in many countries and around the United States with artists such as singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, Delbert McClinton, and national jazz trumpeter Tom Brown, among other recording artists.

Held in the museum’s Great Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, the “Front Porch” Music Series presents different genres of music that have shaped the American soundscape and influenced talent in Hampton Roads’ vibrant music scene. Admission is free to museum members, $5.00 for non-members. Doors open at 5:30 pm.The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is plenty of free parking in the garage across the street from the museum. For more information, call 757-727-1102.

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