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'Schizoid Johnny' returning to Havre Saturday


August 15, 2019

“When I was a teenage boy, I was just enamored by rock ’n’ roll and the rock ’n’ roll artists of that age, and even going back to the 1950s, which was a generation before me, it was just supremely attractive,” one-man-band John “Schizoid Johnny” Steinhardt said.

Steinhardt, originally from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is performing at Old Station Brewery Saturday 5 to 8 p.m., with no cover charge.

He had always been musical since he was a little boy, and it has been a passion and a love with everything he does in his life, Steinhardt said.

He has been a professional musician since he was 14 years old.

He began playing in a professional rock ’n’ roll band called Jotham in high school from 1971-73.

Steinhardt attended Winnecome High School in Winnecome, Wisconsin, graduating in 1973. Following high school, he attended the University of Wisconsin, where he pursued a degree in music education and music performance. After college, he started his music career across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and other places.

He was a well-known figure on the music scene in Havre at one point, living here and playing at many local bars.

His present shows include all original music, no covers, featuring songs from his CDs. He said his lyrics relate to a variety of people, in genres ranging from rock to blues and folk. In his show, he sings and plays a variety of acoustic and electric guitars.

As a one-man band, he said, he has created system in which everything is backed with CD accompaniment that he records ahead of time. Everything includes drums, the bass, background vocals, an electric guitar, the keyboard and more.

“With being a one-man band, you have to (have) all this extra stuff to entertain people and audience for more than an hour,” Steinhardt said.

He said his favorite instrument is the electric guitar.

He is dropping a new album called “Shadow Man,” he said, that will be going to California for distribution this September.

He added that every song is actually a story — the theme of the album is about a love triangle and the blues songs question the universe and destiny.

In addition to being a traveling musician, Steinhardt is the music and band teacher at Medicine Lake School in Medicine Lake.

Anyone interested in “Schizoid Johnny” can visit his websites, http://www.schizoidjohnny.net or http://www.rockandrollexperiences.net/.


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