Who is Johnny Holm?

Posted: 8th March 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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That was my first question.

From johnnyholm.com

It’s funny how the memory works sometimes. I was sitting at Ryan and Julia Seykora’s wedding. I was at a table with some of his fellow YMCA co-workers and we were discussing who the Cruise Dinner would have for the entertainment. I vividly remember Mark Wibbens telling me it was Johnny Holm.
“Who is Johnny Holm?” I asked.
All I got in return was a blank stare.
Yep, apparently I’m the only one who doesn’t know.
We’ll start at the beginning. First, the Cruise Dinner. It’s the annual fundraiser for the Worthington Area YMCA. I have gone in the past, but unfortunately, I haven’t been able to attend in the last few years. The event is usually on a Friday night, and with working sports editor hours, I was unable to attend. However, with the new-found freedom — especially at night — I wanted to be sure to attend this year.
The night will feature a steak dinner, silent auction and The Johnny Holm Band.
It’s going to be a fun night. It’s on Friday, March 30 at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
That still didn’t answer my question: Who is Johnny Holm.
Well, now I know.
From johnnyholm.com:
Leader and front man of the most widely known and traveled band in America, Johnny Holm is the most entertaining entertainer performing today. The show is dedicated to the fans, and they do most of the entertaining. Mostly impromptu, the show moves with the speed of lightning and changes direction as soon as “the pied piper” notices a lag. “Never a dull moment” was never a more true description.

Surrounding himself with the finest musicians in the Midwest, the band rocks, picks, and thunders along for 3-4 hours, almost non-stop from the first song to the last laugh.

Millions of people have seen Johnny over the years, and millions of people have been part of his fantourage.

The band plays in most of the United States but most dates are in the 5 state upper Midwest area.

Ask anyone with a twinkle in their eye or a knowing smile about Johnny. They’ll try and tell you all about the mayhem that masquerades as a rock and roll band.
Be hip most of your life, but once and a while, let down and “get down Holm fever”.


He sounds entertaining. But a good writer can many anything exciting. I needed more. Everyone I talked to had seen Johnny at some point in time. Their word was good and trustworthy. 

But I needed more.

So, where do people of my generation go?

The Internet.

So that’s where I went.

I went to YouTube and searched for the Johnny Holm Band.

One song and I was hooked. If you have a minute, watch this video. If you don’t have a minute, make time. It’s worth it. 

And if you’re going to be at the Cruise Dinner, come say hello.

If you don’t have your tickets yet, there’s still time.  I know it’s going to be great show. 

  1. Tom B. says:

    I read your article with a smile on my face. I’m 47 years old so I grew up watching the Johnny Holm Band play at various Ballrooms accross Minnsota in the late 70’s and the 1980’s. EVERYONE back then knew who Johnny was. Have a great time !!!

    • Aaron Hagen says:

      Thanks for your reply Tom. I’ve heard lots of responses from people who have seen him. I feel a little left out. Until the end of the month, anyway.