Circle of Friends for Jan presents A Benefit Concert for Jan Johansson

Posted: October 21, 2010 in local music
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 Press Release:

DATE: Sunday, November 7, 2010.  Performances 1:00-5:30 p.m.

VENUE:  Bond Park Amphitheater, 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC

ADMISSION: Suggested donation of $15 for adults; children 12 and under free

EVENT SPONSORS:  Circle of Friends for Jan and the National Foundation for Transplants.  Promotional assistance provided by PineCone.  Visit for event details.

Raleigh, NC — On Sunday, November 7th, from 1:00 to 5:30 p.m., Circle of Friends for Jan and the National Foundation for Transplants will present a benefit concert for acoustic musician Jan Johansson at the Bond Park Amphitheater, 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC.  Entertainment will include Samantha Casey & the Bluegrass Jam; Nixon, Blevins & Gage; The Hotwires; Apple Chill Cloggers, with Tims Family Band; Fescue 911; and a grand finale with Jan and Friends, including Carolina Junction; Julie Elkins; Lindsey Tims; Ray East, and David Tate.

Jan (pronounced “Yahn”) Johansson is well-known throughout North Carolina as an accomplished acoustic musician, producer, and music instructor.  For years, Jan has suffered from heart problems, beginning with a heart attack at the young age of 36. In 1999, he underwent triple bypass surgery, and in 2005 he had a pacemaker implanted. On Christmas Eve 2009, Jan was admitted to the hospital because of extremely low blood pressure. After extensive evaluation, doctors determined that Jan should remain at UNC Hospital until he could receive a heart transplant. However, after several weeks without a donor match, doctors implanted a heart pump. Jan eventually returned home in March.

Unfortunately, the heart pump is an interim measure and will not resolve Jan’s heart problems.  Jan has recovered from the heart pump operation and is again on the heart transplant waiting list. A heart transplant costs approximately $750,000, and that’s only the beginning. Although Jan’s wife, Theresa, has family health coverage through her employer, the family will face significant expenses related to Jan’s transplant.


All proceeds from the benefit concert on November 7 will go to help Jan’s family  defray medical expenses and lost income.  All performers and event organizers are donating their time and talents in an effort to raise money and show our support and appreciation for all that Jan and Theresa have done for us.  For admission to the concert, the suggested donation is $15 for adults.  Children 12 and under free.  All donations will go directly to the National Foundation for Transplants to help Jan and Theresa. 

If you are unable to attend the concert, please consider sending a donation to:  


            National Foundation for Transplants

            5350 Poplar Dr., Suite 430

            Memphis, TN 38119           

Please make checks payable to the National Foundation for Transplants and write “For Jan Johansson” on the memo line.  You can also visit their Web site at for information and updates about Jan and to make a donation online.  National Foundation for Transplants is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is tax deductible. 


ABOUT JAN  Jan Johansson was born in Skelleftea, Sweden in 1958 and began playing acoustic music at the age of 14.  By the time he was 18, Jan had mastered the guitar, fiddle, and mandolin.  Jan married Theresa Blue of Carthage, NC and moved to the US in 1989 after three years of traveling back and forth between the two countries and began working as a music instructor. Upon arriving in NC, Jan founded Johansson’s Acoustic Music Studio (JAMS) to provide music instruction for people of all age groups interested in bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Focused on one-on-one personal instruction, JAMS has taught hundreds of acoustic musicians in and around North Carolina in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass.

Since moving to North Carolina, Jan has played in a number of accomplished bands, including the Pisgah Pickers, the Backsliders, and New Vintage.  While performing with New Vintage (1992-1997), the band charted several songs on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 20 list, and won the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) in 1993, and was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1994.  Jan has also performed as a studio musician in the US as well as Europe on numerous CD projects, commercial jingles on a variety of instruments. Lorraine Jordan’s popular Mandolin Rose CD project, as well as The Wells Family album On Destiny’s Road are two recent recording projects that Jan has been a part of.

The Bond Park Amphitheater is located at 801 High House Rd. in Cary.  For additional information and directions, go to:

For more concert information, visit the PineCone web site at          


For information on the other musicians performing, go to:

Apple Chill Cloggers –

Samantha Casey & Bluegrass Jam –                   

The Hotwires –

Nixon, Blevins & Gage –

Tims Family Band – 

Carolina Junction –

Lindsey Tims –                                      
Julie Elkins –       

EVENT DETAILS: Contact Lennie Green (919) 772-3319,

or Carla Osborne (919) 917-3370,



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