The Johnson Treatment is an eclectic band formed in Dayton, OH. Named after former president Lyndon B. Johnson’s method of demanding one’s attention through intense face-to-face interaction, this band has a similar goal: to spread good vibes through good music.
The special feature of this group is that the sky's the limit. They are committed to their music selections, though, they are not necessarily bound to one particular genre. Some musical influences range from Jazz greats like guitarist Wes Montgomery and the Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald. The styles of Motown legends Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, and Marvin Gaye can also be heard at Johnson Treatment show. The band also pulls from soul, funk and rock artists like Erykah Badu, Nile Rodgers, Teddy Campbell, Duane Allman, George Clinton and many more.
Because of the vast musical preferences, each member brings to the table, the band as a whole is always open and willing to try various styles, while still staying true to their roots. Members included: Victoria James on piano and vocals, Danielle Tripp on vocals, Evan Fiehrer on Guitar, Jelani Stokes on Bass and vocals, and Huston Brice on Drums.
The Johnson Treatment began as a 6-piece jazz combo. It was founded in 2015 as another outlet to get together with other musicians, perform at coffee shops, and make some extra cash on the side. After member changes, the band decided to stray from the Jazz Standards, set aside the Real Books and gravitate more towards covering other styles such as rock, soul, funk, and pop.
Many members of the band, both old and new, have studied music and are still active musicians outside of the group, whether it be teaching, participating in church worship teams, providing music therapy services, or participating in other music acts. While The Johnson Treatment has made a few roster changes, this current rendition of the band retains their humble beginning as an engaging, spontaneous, intricate, and lively group of individuals, who play from the heart, and for the people.
Currently, the band is playing for both public and private events, in the Dayton area, as well as venturing out to surrounding cities, such as Columbus, Cincinnati, and Springfield. They have been invited to play amongst other Dayton local musicians, such as Flash & Top Secret, and participated in the 2018 Dayton Jazz Festival. Back in February 2018, they were featured in the Dayton City Paper. As they continue to cover a variety of artists and songs, the Johnson Treatment is also working on original music in preparation of an EP to be released in TBA.
Overall, this band, made up of true musicians, will allow for an experience that will be unforgettable. They have a unique chemistry and presence that will draw an audience in a truly special way.
“Thinking Dayton Music Scene? Think the Johnson Treatment” - Joey Ferber, Dayton City Paper, 2018