YOU MADE IT! This is the NEW official site of Johnny Wheels, which will be changing quickly as we re-design for the new season.


January 20
Dallas 40 7-10pm
962 Main Street
Dallas, OR 97338

January 27
PGN Lodge – Keizer 7-10pm
4030 Cherry Ave NE
Keizer, OR 97303

February 10
State Street Pub and Grill 8pm
Salem, OR

February 16, 17
Jonny Wheels with Sky Wescott (not the Johnny Wheels Band) – 9pm
Westside Station
Salem, OR

March 10
Winter Blues Festival – 6pm
This is a multi-band event and schedules can fluctuate. Check the Winter Blues Festival Schedule for any changes.
Milwaukie, OR

March 24
Snug Harbor Bar and Grill 9pm – 1am
Lincoln City, OR

March 31
211 W Main St, Carlton, OR 97111

May 18
Journey to Memphis Competition at MeKong Bistro – 3PM
8200 NE Siskiyou St, Portland, Oregon

May 18
Half Penny Public House
3743 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97302

June 30
Snug Harbor Bar and Grill 9pm – 1am
Lincoln City, OR

July 4
Journey to Memphis Competition Finals – 1130AM
Waterfront Blues Festival
Portland, OR

July 6
Cherryfest NW (formerly The Bite of Salem) –  1230P
Salem Riverfront Park
Salem, OR

July 7
***With Special Guest:  Pam Taylor
Vinyl Tap Restaurant and Bar
Portland, OR

July 20
Run 21 630P
Otis, OR

July 27
Fort Hill Public House 7P
Willamina, OR

July 28
Dallas Summerfest 12P (after the parade)
Dallas Courthouse
Dallas, OR

August 1  Wed
Catfish Lou’s

Portland, OR

August 4  Sat
Rusty Truck Brewing 8P
Lincoln City, OR

August 16 Th
Trails End Saloon 7P
Oregon City, OR

August 31  Fri
Half Penny Public House
Salem, OR

September 14  Fri
Blue Diamond 9P
Portland, OR

September 15  Sat
Snug Harbor Bar and Grill 9pm – 1am
Lincoln City, OR

October 6 Sat
Beach Club Restaurant
Lincoln City, OR

October 20 Sat
Christmas For Kids 6-7P
Sheridan, OR

November 24 Sat
Snug Harbor Bar and Grill 9pm – 1am
Lincoln City, OR

December 7 Fri
Vinyl Tap Restaurant and Bar 8PM
Portland, OR


Johnny Wheels is a singer / songwriter / harmonica player inspired by the soul of the Pacific Northwest.

The “Swamp Donkeys” are Johnny’s band-mates who are inspired by Johnny to “live a song” on the edge.

“Nope! You won’t hear a song exactly the same way twice – that’s what CD’s are for. We like to add some spice of musical exploration”

The son of a traveling bass player and singer, Johnny “Wheels” Kennicott had music in his blood since birth, but expressing himself musically took on new importance when Johnny broke his neck in a childhood accident, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

“The days of football practice after school were definitely over”, Johnny says, but music still provided an outlet for his infectious energy and his creative potential.

Though his father’s instrument of choice and his early passion of playing drums were now out due to limited function, Johnny found, through determined trial and error, he could manipulate his paralyzed diaphragm to not only sing, but also blow the harmonica. Since that time, Johnny has been traveling the Pacific Northwest music scene, spreading the gospel of the blues.

Collectively, the band hails from Oregon, Texas and California and is typically tagged as a Blues band; Although, the diversity of the members’ musical backgrounds becomes evident as the worlds of R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk and Rock are blended under a Blues umbrella.

Members include:

Johnny Wheels, Vocals, Harmonica
Brandon Logan, Vocals, Guitar
Doug Knoyle, Drums
Michael Rabe, Vocals, Guitar
Sky Wescott, Vocals, Guitar
Taylor Frazier, Vocals, Bass

Members of Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys have performed and or shared the stage with:
Cheap Trick
Curtis Salgado
Dana Carvey
Jeff Tamelier (Tower of Power)
Jim Belushi
Linda Hornbuckle
Lisa Mann
Paul Delay
Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power)
Soul Vaccination
… and many others.