Celebrate the release of Ernie Johnson From Detroit’s self-titled debut album June 15th at MOTR!
Album art by: @bunknews
Since 2015, Ernie Johnson From Detroit have been performing their unique brand of Afrobeat, funk & jazz. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, this nine-piece group is inspired by artists like Fela Kuti, James Brown, Mulatu Astatke, Budos Band and Lettuce (as well as the Ohio funk tradition). The group recently recorded its first full-length album, Ernie Johnson From Detroit, at the legendary Cyberteknics studio in Dayton, Ohio. It was mixed by neo-soul pioneer and Grammy-winning engineer Russel Elevado, and then mastered by frequent Dapton...e Records collaborators, Golden Mastering. The band will celebrate the record’s release this summer with shows across the region.
The members of the group, or “Ernies,” have been friends and musical collaborators since 2012, and began to piece together their very personal collage of musical styles, inspired by tales of shared adventures and by all that is funky and tight. Since bringing their show to the stage, Ernie Johnson From Detroit has become a crowd favorite in Cincinnati, with a number sold-out shows under their belt. The band’s horn-heavy arrangements and relentless rhythm section allow for a variety of styles and a layering of dynamics in their improvised jams that make people want to dance.