Midnight Rhumba
28 Oct 2014 | World

Presenter Raves

“We really enjoyed the concert last night and appreciated the rapport you and the group have with the audience which is so important.  Normally most of our patrons leave fairly rapidly after a show but we noticed the line up for signatures and photo ops took some time, which says a great deal about your impact on them.  We also appreciated that you are good to work with both administratively  and with tech issues.”
~ Rosamund Battye
Artistic Director, Welland Port Colborne Concert Association

“Latin Guitarist Johannes Linstead hit Smooth Jazz Island like a raging Guitar Storm. Johannes had a rare festival double encore. A raging guitar storm. An audience out of breath at show’s end. Makes a festival promoter realize why he works all year towards something like this.”
~ Art Good
JazzTrax producer since 1987, CA

“Johannes, you lit it up and set the stage afire last Friday night at Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival. Our audience didn’t know what hit them!”
~ John Ertl
Kettle Moraine Jazz Festival producer, WI

“Johannes Linstead is by far the finest guitarist in his field I have seen. His command of the instrument, his stage presence and his ability to engage the audience is only surpassed by his phenomenal songwriting ability. His last performance received SIX standing ovations! It’s the first time I have witnessed our audience stand twice in the middle of both the first and second set. If you are searching for a “no lose” entertaining evening of music, Johannes is your man!”
~ Daniel Hayes
Executive Director, Center for the Arts of Homer, NY

“Thanks for your brilliant performance and sharing of your musical genius! You are the talk of the town!”
~ Bernie Scott
Producer of “Smooth Jazz at South Shore”, IN

“Another magical night last Thursday night with Unionville favorite Johannes Linstead bringing us his outstanding fiery Spanish guitar on yet another beautiful summer evening. Johannes, once again packed the house another outstanding performance!!!!!”
~ Bill Dawson, festival producer, ON

“Johannes Linstead was a breath of fresh air to work with. His professional and enthusiastic attitude was nothing short of inspirational and contagious to all involved. A true talent in many ways, Johannes Linstead has placed himself firmly ahead of the pack as one of the great Latin guitar players today!”
~ Nicholas Gunn
Presenter, Thousand Oaks Civic Center, CA

“Johannes Linstead’s performance here was completely sold out. He had the audience dancing in the aisles. He is an energetic and vibrant performer who lights up the stage. We recommend his show highly!”
~ Ken Coulter
Theatre Manager, Oakville Performing Arts Centre, ON

“Not only were the guitars, percussion, and flamenco dancing superlative, but getting a Batavian audience to its feet and up on stage to dance is no easy task! I’ve been trying to accomplish this for two years now and thanks to you, we did it!”
~ Donna Rae Sutherland
Genesee Center, Batavia NY

Bravo!!! Bravo!! Bravo!!! Johannes is an ultra-talented musician that should be booked for numerous City of Toronto Events! Ole! Ole Ole!”
~ Chris Pritchard
Global Grooves Stage Manager, City of Toronto

“Johannes Linstead’s show at the River Run Centre…was extremely well received by the audience, and our sponsor for the evening was thrilled with the performance. Johannes and his band were a delight to work with, and his professionalism was obvious right from the booking of the show through to the evening of the performance. Thank you for a great evening!!”
~ Colleen Clack
River Run Centre, Guelph ON

“The first time I saw Johannes perform I was blown away by the energy in his music. We had invited our Mayor and Council and they were so impressed that she invited Johannes back a few months later.”
~ Lesley Grand
Kiwanis Theatre, Chatham ON

“It is with great pleasure that I recommend Johannes Linstead. His level of professionalism is unsurpassed. His performance encompassed a wide range of expression and dynamic intensity. His stage presence was captivating. Our audience responded to his artistry with a great deal of enthusiasm and emotion. I would welcome the opportunity to work with someone of his caliber again.”
~ Mary Kay von Brendel
Event Coordinator, Casa Guadalupe, West Bend WI

“A particular highlight [this season] was your concert. Not just the fact that it was sold out, but the experience of the concert itself. The show was phenomenal. I believe that the audience fed off of your enthusiasm and vice versa. The CD sales certainly reflected the audience’s appreciation. Thanks again for the great concert, Johannes.”
~ Gloria Fischer
Old Town Hall Concerts, Hilton Beach ON