Down Home Guitars Student Showcase!


On Sunday 2/26 John & The OGO were honored to be a part of the student showcase put on by the good people of Down Home Guitars in Frankfort IL. The show was held at Elwood Alehouse & featured two fantastic bands made up of current students as well The Real Gone closing out the days events! Thanks to all involved for such a wonderful day & for helping to keep music & musicianship alive & well!

The Old Gang on “Uncommon Ground”

The Old Gang Orchestra will kick off the new year w/ a performance @ Chicago’s Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) on Friday 1/27 w/ special guest Jeff Julian of the band Vaudevileins!  John has played this fantastic room a number of times over the years but this will be the first time the entire band takes the stage @ U.G. There simply is no better place in the area for the O.G.O. to start the year’s schedule out, & the “listening” room @ Uncommon Ground will be the perfect setting to catch them @ their best!  Click HERE to see the calendar & make reservations (recommended/ space is limited

Final shows of 2016


2016 has been an interesting year to say the least & the time has come to box it up & store it away w/ it’s predecessors, but not before a few more performances take it out on a high note! Back to back Sunday matinee shows for the kids @ Tribes Alehouse kick it all off Dec 11th & 18th. On Thursday Dec 22nd, John will play the final installment of his long running residency @ the famed Chicago St Pub & will perform the following evening, Dec 23rd w/ former band mate, & Vaudevileins frontman, Jeff Julian for a special encore of their fantastic Truth performance earlier this year. John will return again to Chicago Street on New Years Eve for the annual “Irish New Year” celebration @ 5pm! Check back for upcoming dates & all the news for 2017!

A Tribute to Jeff Buckley


The 19th Annual Jeff Buckley Tribute shows @ Chicago’s Uncommon Ground, will take place on Wednesday 11/16 & Thursday 11/17. John will perform on both evenings along with an impressive collection of talented artists. All proceeds from these performances will benefit the Old Town School of Folk Music’s scholarship fund!

Space for this event is limited so please click the link below for more information & to purchase tickets!

Jeff Buckley Tribute:

Night 1 11/16

Night 2 11/17

Here’s a little history about how this all came to be:

On a snowy night in February of 1994, Jeff Buckley played a legendary set at Uncommon Ground. This performance was lauded “Best Concert of the Year” by Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, and was later recalled by Mr. Kot as one of the best concerts he’s ever attended. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of that legendary performance.

Now uncommon ground celebrates Buckley’s legacy each year by inviting artists from all over the world to pay tribute to the legendary artist.

The 19th Annual Jeff Buckley Tribute is scheduled to take place on November 16th and 17th, 2016. The event will be held at Uncommon Ground’s Clark and GRACE location.


JC2…Part II

The two JCs meet again, @ Chicago Street Pub in Joliet IL, for another round of stories & songs! All the way from Scotland, the Glasgow native will travel back to the US in October & the two singer songwriters, who share the same name, will once again share the same stage!  The night promises to be something special for the performers & the audience! Thursday night Oct 27th @ 8pm.  Don’t miss this one if you happen to be in the area…this kind of thing just doesn’t happen every day!11x17jc2poster-page-001