Watch this intimate interview with Johnny V regarding his relationship with the Maple Leaf Bar.
In his very personal approach to percussion, master drummer “Johnny V” combines elements of New Orleans' traditional rhythms with free techniques and mainstream sensibilities. Playing since the early 1970s with the quartet Astral Project (which includes James Singleton, Tony Dagradi and Steve Masakowski), he has become widely renowned as a legendary and sought after New Orleans musician as well as a major contributor to New Orleans cultural heritage.
In his expansive career, he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians including but nowhere near limited to: Bobby McFerrin, Charlie Hunter, Willy DeVille, Robert Walter and New Orleans greats such as "Tan Canary" Johnny Adams, Professor Longhair, James Booker, Alvin "Red" Tyler and Mose Allison to name but a few.
Furthermore, Johnny V’s influence extends deep into the next generation. He is a beloved teacher and mentor, whose students include Galactic's Stanton Moore, World Leader Pretend's Arthur Mintz, and Brian Blade, to name a few.
Vidacovich is currently a member of the Voice of the Wetlands All-stars, a stellar ensemble of musicians assembled by guitarist Tab Benoit, comprised of The Meters and Neville Brothers’ Cyril Neville, roots-man Anders Osborne, fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux, harmonica/ accordion player Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, and New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Big Chief Monk Boudreaux.
Johnny V has been holding court at the Maple Leaf Bar every Thursday night with his TRIO for nearly a decade. The Original Trio features Meters’ bassist George Porter Jr. and June Yamagishi on guitar. These days, when George & June are on the road, The Trio features a different special guest (or two) each week, showcasing some of the biggest talents and names in the Funk, Jazz and Jam scenes.