Monday, June 22, 2009

Marcus Johnson and Ski Johnson Album Release Party

Last Wednesday, the Ritz Carlton in Georgetown opened its doors for a celebration of music in support of a good cause. Marcus Johnson and Ski Johnson performed songs from their new albums, “Poetically Justified” and “New Beginnings”, respectively. Marcus’ album has moved into the #5 spot after only 15 days. Ski has also had overwhelming success. “New Beginnings” debuted 3rd on the Bill Board Contemporary Jazz Charts and many say he is destined for a Grammy.
The local media, musicians, and other notable Washingtonians turned out in force to cover the event and to support the two local artists. Huey Lewis, Ginuwine, and his wife Sole joined the crowd in the lobby of the Ritz for the performance. Music certainly wasn’t the only thing flowing. Makers Mark and Tarara Winery, sponsors of the event, offered specialty cocktails and a selection of wines while a percentage from album sales were donated to another event sponsor, the American Cancer Society.

The Ritz Carlton provided a suitable back drop for this special occasion, but where in DC do both Marcus and Ski enjoy performing? After playing venues all over the District, both entertainers sited Blues Alley as one of their favorite places to perform because of its history and intimate atmosphere. It’s also one of their favorite places to go and enjoy live jazz. Marcus will be performing there July 16-19th.

For more on Marcus Johnson and his upcoming show dates, go to

To follow Ski Johnson, check out his website at You will also be able to catch him on his Reality Show, “Life of a Jazz Musician” which was filming during the event.

To the right, Ski Johnson performs to a fan filled audience.

ME with Ginuwine!!! What a fun night! Later, Guru

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