Jimi Hendrix
Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters
Bono
Jim Morrison
John Mellencamp
Neil Young
Past Johnsons
(and sometimes current!)
Phinaeus T
Jeff
Seth
Robin
Tom
Kenny
Dick
Rufus
Clint
DZ
Reverend Ron
Reverend Willie B
Coach
Angus
Emanuel
Wormy
Kevin
Ryan
Skippy
Paul
Doug
Bomber
Dave
Bands We Like
(...and sometimes play!)
Neil Young
Cheap Trick
Blues Traveler
Foo Fighters
Jimmy Eat World
The Doors
The Gear Daddies
The Cars
U2
Jimi Hendrix
Better Than Ezra
The Cure
Smithereens
Gin Blossoms
Alice Cooper
Semisonic
Three Doors Down
CCR
Mathew Sweet
R.E.M.
Violent Femmes
The Proclaimers
Tom Petty
Black Crowes
The Replacements
The Doobie Brothers
The Clash
The Bodeans
ZZ Top
Eric Clapton
Foghat
Social Distortion
Green Day
Cracker
Georgia Sattelites
Brian Adams
Badfinger
The Romantics
The Rainmakers
Modern English
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Alice Cooper
AC/DC
Dead Eye Dick
Bob Dylan
Janitor Bob
Life Before Color
The Ramones


The Neo Johnsons is one of the longest running rock bands in South Daktoa having having formed sometime in the late 80's as just The Johnsons as two members of the 80's band Off Balance branched off.  It was Magic on lead vocals/harmonica/congas with Emmanuel on bass.  A few years later the Neos were born as the name was changed to The Neo Johnsons (neo meaning new) when Lyndon became the new guitar player with a new drummer, WormyRico filled in often as the Neo Johnsons backup drummer from the beginning playing more and more over the next 20 years then full time until his retirement in 2012.

The current lineup has original Neo Johnson, Lyndon Johnson, back in the band on guitar with occassional vocals. There's always Magic Johnson on lead vocals/congas/harmonica and the fabulous Jack Johnson on vocals & bass guitar.  Rounding out the lineup is our newest Johnson, Sean on drums!

Many musicians have changed their name to Johnson over the more than 25 years the Johnsons have continually played the area, and many return from time to time to fill in and play a gig or two.  Once a Johnson, always a Johnson!  Come out and see The Neo Johnsons at a bar, street dance, fraternity, hoedown, bar mitzvah, or party near you!

We'll play anywhere for a buck so give Magic (Dan) a call or email.  Full band or smaller acoustic gigs for private parties and events.
For bookings call 605-553-8247
 Click HERE to Email Us  -  neojohnsonsband@hotmail.com
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2017
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NOV
22 The Attic, Sioux Falls  SD 6P
(Night before Thanksgiving!)
24  Ness' Hilbilly BBQ, Menno SD (Friday)
25  Sporty's, Rock Rapid IA
DEC
02  Waddy's, Hudson SD
  6  The Attic, Sioux Falls  SD 6P 
Acoustic-Unplugged
  9  Hidden Hills Cafe & Hideaway Tavern, Hills MN 7P Acoustic-Unplugged
16  Sterlings, Luverne MN Acoustic-Unplugged
23  Alpine Inn, Sioux Falls SD
30  Sterlings, Luverne MN
Acoustic-Unplugged
JAN
  6  Jet Lanes, Presho SD
20  Up The Dam Creek, Beaver Creek MN 6P
27  Shore Store, Swan Lake/Viborg SD 6P
Acoustic-Unplugged
FEB
10  Valley Corner Bar, Valley Springs SD
MAY
12 Valley Corner Bar, Valley Springs SD

A History...
Rico relaxing at the Cue
A rare Emanuel sighting
Early Neo Johnsons mid 90's Lyndon, Wormy, Emanual and Magic
The Neo Johnsons at Chebs
Rico actually working at the Beer Garden
Beno Parker Johnson at the Desert Inn
The Reverend Ron Johnson at the Alpine Inn
Rufus Johnson at the Alpine
Neo Johnsons
To the left are the original Neo Johnsons circa the mid 90's with Lyndon, Wormy, Emmanuel and Magic....note how Wormy looks like the Johnsons's head!  We are not the most photogenic band as evidenced by the only handful of pictures we could scrounge up the last 25+ years to put on the webisite.  If you have any photos of the Johnsons, send them to us by email HERE and we will see what we can do to get them added.
Neo Johnsons
The Neo Johnsons belly up to the bar at the Beer Garden - Magic, Ron, Angus and Rico
And now, a lyrical moment from one of our favorite songs...

Big Fat Blonde
By The Rainmakers

One
One, Two
One, Two, Three, Four!

I want a big fat blonde
To hold my hand
To keep this skinny boy from blowing over in the wind

I want a big fat blonde (Ooh-ee!)
A big fat blonde

Mama, mama, mama keep your skinny girls at home
'Cause this skinny boy wants a big fat blonde!

Me and my big fat blonde
We like to fight and scratch
I know I'll be the loser of the wrestling match

With my big fat blonde (Ooh-ee!)
Yes, a big fat blonde

Mama, mama, mama keep your skinny girls at home
'Cause this skinny boy wants a big fat blonde!

Well, I'm talking six foot three
Forty thirty forthy
Amazon bottom shelf
Tall damp and dirty
Talking six foot blonde (uh-huh?)
Ah Ha!

Well me and J D Salinger
Were sitting on your porch
I want a date with your sister, I know I need more!

A big fat blonde

Inside everybody there's a big fat blonde
If you don't believe me, take a look around!

Big fat blondes (Ooh-ee!)
everywhere, big fat blondes

Mama, keep those skinny girls at home
'Cause skinny little me wants a big fat blonde!!
Above, the Neo Johnsons at the last JonoFest 2017.  To the left, the original poster Magic made for the first JonoFest in 1993 after talking Jono into an outdoor event.
Rico!!
The Neo Johnsons at the Desert Inn - Parker, Magic, Rico and Jack
Abpve, Magic with Ryan on bass at the Beer Garden
The Neos at Cheb's - Parker, Magic, Rico & Angus
5 Guitar Players
Lyndon, Reverend Ron, Rufus, Parker and Clint
Magic on a table at the Beer Garden
Left, A rare Emmanuel Johnson sighting
Left, The Neo Johnsons belly up to the bar at the Beer Garden - Magic, Ron, Angus and Rico
To the right it's 4 of 5 in a rare sighting:  Lyndon, Clint, Parker & Rev Ron Dec 2013 at The Other Place in Sioux Falls
(Rufus not pictured)
Neo Johnsons Ribfest
The Neo Johnsons at
Ribfest 2014
Corey Ward Neo Johnsons
Doug Lund with the Neo Johnsons
The Neo Johnsons at The Alpine Inn Sioux Falls, with friends Mark from the Cartwright Brothers and KELO TV legend Doug Lund.
Corey Ward
Corey Ward Dan Sahr Neo Johnsons
Dan Sahr Neo Johnsons
Mark Richards Neo Johnsons
Corey Ward Neo Johnsons
Neo Johnsons Chebs in Canton
We play Chebs in Canton from time to time. The manager is a talented fellow with chalk and this fine piece of art on their chalkboard by the pool table proves it...
Rare Video: Fond memories of Phils Pub in Sioux Falls.  The original Johnsons in their last year together.  A young Dan Sahr (Magic Johnson) with other original Neo Johnson Victor Nemec (Emmanuel Johnson).  Lefty guitar player Paul Morstad and his cigarette with stand-up guy, Doug Renkly on Drums. Roadhouse Blues filmed by fellow fill-in Johnson (and fine drummer) Mark Pollard at Phils Pub on 3/26/90.  The future Lyndon Johnson (Corey Ward), got up late in a Phil's Pub night (perhaps this night, he can't remember) to jam on a song or two as a sort of audition for the band before being asked to join when Paul and Doug were leaving.  We love Phils Pub!








The other video is the last gig with Rico on drums at the new home base for the Neo Johnsons these last several years, The Alpine Inn in Sioux Falls.  This one has Magic in common with the other video, Lyndon on guitar and Jack on bass performng Closing Time.
Sean Larsen on the drums with Dan Sahr (Magic) and Jack Leslie at the Valley Corner Bar.  Corey Ward (Lyndon's) hand to the left.
Left, Neo Johnsons at J&L Harley for the 2016 Hot Harley Nights - Lyndon, Magic, Sean & Jack.  The Neo Johnsons have played every Hot Harley Nights at J&L since they started.  We play all day at the greatest Harley dealership on the planet!
www.neojohnsons.com - Official website of The Neo Johnsons band
Left, Neos with Jeff playing the 2016 Augie Vikings Days at the stadium.  The Neo Johnsons are the official tailgate party band for the Augustana Vikings.
Hot Harley Nights at J&L  Harley 2016
Lyndon, Magic, Sean and Jack at Falls Park 2016
The Neo Johnsons at the Desert Inn - Parker, Magic, Rico and Jack
Lyndon at RibFest
2014
Magic and Lyndon on St Patrick's Day  morning at Shenanigan's  2017
Neos in the background as the Stringer's crowd in Yankton partakes of some shots!
Above,
a summer schedule from 1998...interesting dates include the first or second Cinco De Mayo party at Rio Bravo (Chevy's now), another JonoFest (5th year playing those), The 2nd Ribfest opening for Indigenous, a two night Tent Party at Borowed Bucks, World of Outlaws Parking Lot Party, Ragbrai Kickoff Party in Hawarden, LHS 20 Year Reunion, The 3rd Van Meeteren Party near Hudson (those were the best!), and Yankton Riverboat Days with the Rude Awakening.  Looks like a good year...too bad Magic and Lyndon can't remember any of it!