Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band proudly plays all original grease slicked, jazz licked, blues-rock, singer/songwriter music that draws wayward wanderers from the streets and pulls them to the dance floor. In only two years since the band’s inception, they boast a host of local residencies on the highly competitive New Orleans music scene. The band consists of Jon Roniger (singer/songwriter, guitar), Brendan Michael Bull (drums, vocal), Evan Paydon (bass), Russell Ramirez (trombone, vocal), and Jon Bauer (trumpet, vocal). For 200+ shows a year, Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin’ Band tour nationally and internationally. "Maniac World", their first LP garnered rave reviews. "New Orleans based five piece The Good for Nothin’ Band practically crackle with chops on each cut." (Lydia Hillenburg, Vents Magazine). "There’s something to satisfy every sensibility. This is an outfit with a boundless future." (Michael Saulman, Gashouse Radio). Their sophomore effort "Second Shot" is due out in November 2017 and already has local festivals, venues, press and listeners begging for a taste.
"Jon Rongier and his cohorts have fused often surprisingly poetic and image-filled lyrics with the melodic and highly stylized textures of Dixieland jazz and Delta blues. While it may sound effortless, the band practically crackles with chops on each cut.” — Lydia Hillenburg, Vents Magazine (Oct 14, 2016)
"Everything about this unit is steeped in the history and environs of the Crescent City with a roar of tradition, conviction, and an unquenchable thirst for new wine in old bottles. There’s something to satisfy every sensibility. This is an outfit with a boundless future.” — Michael Saulman, Gashouse Radio (Oct 14, 2016)
"There’s an original voice at work here, sly and sophisticated without being too self-conscious. If you want a date-night cocktail of real NOLA flavors, fizzy and giddy enough to seduce whomever you’re giving the side eye to, spin them around to this. It deftly sidesteps the hard sell.” — Robert Fontenot, Offbeat Magazine
"One of the band’s most important ingredients is a sense of humor, but they never play the material or the genre as a whole for laughs. Instead, the band’s songwriting humor relies on discovering the absurdity in life rather than pursuing gimmickry and novelty.” — Lance Wright, Indiemunity (Oct 14, 2016)
"Jon Roniger and The Good For Nothin' Band's "Maniac World" strikes notes of the familiar, but overall, it’s quite unlike anything you’ll hear. It's an impressive debut that sets the band up nicely for the future and establishes a very flexible musical template that shows no limits about where they can take it.”— Skope, Skope Mag (Oct 18, 2016)
There’s only one local New Orleans artist who boasts the success of writing all original music, collaborating with other recognized songwriters, performing live on a daily basis, and writing for film and television, all while staying true to his musical influences. Jon Roniger does not shy away from being slick, sly and charming as he wraps himself up in authenticity, embodying a combination of the legendary local Harry Connick Jr., as well as the iconic Tom Waits, Paul Simon, and Randy Newman.
After spending years traveling the world, Roniger is proud of his roots in New Orleans. He playfully sings odes to NOLA’s infamous streets, historic landmarks and succulent foods. He delivers it all in a sweet, melodic vocal style, mixed with moments of beautifully rough and fast-paced singing reminiscent of Bob Dylan channeling Donald Fagen. It leaves the listener wondering how he’s mastered blending them all together.
With his vast repertoire of a dozen albums to date, including "Maniac World" in 2016, "Live at the Mint" in 2015, the 2014 "Gypsyland" in which he sings primarily in French, "Dirty Gypsy" in 2013 which boasts an ambitious track listing of 28 acoustic songs, and "NOLA Rolls" as his 2012 EP, Roniger is no stranger to versatility. While he refers to his musical content and style as "twisted tales from the seedy side", he consciously writes in ways that evoke happiness, laughter, light sways of romance, sadness, and a sudden urge to dance. He does this seamlessly from one song to the next, while staying true to his influences.
A brief stint in Nashville has garnered Roniger the privilege to write with and/or for independent and signed artists who call Music City their home. His primary co-writer is the talented and well-known Chris Gantry, who had a #1 hit, "Dreams of the Everyday Housewife" in 1968, and worked with musical legends including Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
When Roniger is not busy creating magical concoctions of jazz, folk and blues for his own albums, or writing in a variety of styles for others, he can be found writing and composing music for film and television. You can hear his work in the feature film "Island of Fantasy", TV shows "Platinum Babies", "I Used To Be Fat", "Extreme Couponing", various songs on HGTV and a theme song for UK Based company, Bedford for Beds. In addition, he can be seen in a small acting roll for a Belvita Breakfast Snacks commercial from 2014 and in Nashville’s Rhinestone Wedding Chapel from 2013.
Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Jonathan Bauer got his start in British Columbia where he performed with the Nanaimo Musician’s Association (NMA) Big Band and received his Bachelors in Music from Vancouver Island University.
In 2014, Jonathan moved all the way south to New Orleans where he received his Masters in Music from the University of New Orleans. Since moving to the United States, he has had the privilege to study under Ed Peterson, Victor Atkins, Jeremy Davenport, and Ashlin Parker, among others.
In addition to playing with the Good For Nothing Band, Jonathan is an active bandleader and sideman in New Orleans. Jonathan is honored to have shared a stage with the likes of Ingrid Jensen, Nicholas Payton, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, Trumpet Mafia, and the legendary Ellis Marsalis.
Brendan Michael Bull
Born and raised in Chapin, South Carolina, Brendan Michael Bull is one of the hardest working and most in-demand drummers in the southeast. He is a staple on the local music scene of New Orleans and tours and performs regularly with elite acts like The Mike Dillon Band, Reggie Sullivan, Mark Rapp, and many more. He has been featured on countless recordings from Mike Frost, The Cumberland Collective, Reggie Sullivan, Pinna, and most recently on American Idol finalist Joey Cook's hit single ""Bones". His list of side projects are an endless array of New Orleans and Carolina staples, including Brass Lightning, Kristina Morales, The Justin Donovan trio, Red Organ trio, Mark Rapp Group, and Phycho Jazz Contingency, just to name a few. In his spare time, Brendan loves to go fishing any and every chance he gets.
Evan came from a family of choir singers and began his love for music at a young age. He began playing trumpet at age 10 and found the electric bass at the age of 17. He went to college to study psychology but the call to perform was too strong. Throughout college he performed and studied jazz music and found teachers in the Chicago and Milwaukee area to study with. He owes many late night practice sessions to the inspiration from Neal Chandek and Bill "The Bhudda" Dickens, as well as James Singleton of the Astral Project. After performing and teaching in Milwaukee for a number of years Evan moved to New Orleans and has found a vibrant second home for his musical aspirations.
Evan's relationship with music is significantly informed by improvisation. He believes it is the responsibility of a musician to become an open window through which the language of music can pass, and to understand music as the contribution of an articulate dialog to a greater conversation, the topic of which is betterment of self and community.
Evan has recording credits on well over a dozen albums throughout a variety of genres. He has had his music played on national television; in 2013 was a featured performer at MKE Bass Day; received and been nominated for various 88.9 Music Awards and Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards; performed at NAMM 2014 and NAMM 2015; and in 2009 was honored to be Shepherd Express' Runner up for Best Jazz Artist. He has played or shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Benny Golson, Willy Porter, Russ Johnson, Bill Dickens, Fred Boswell jr, Mike Maher (Snarky Puppy), Jason Ricci, Paul Cebar, Sam Llanas (The BoDeans), Kathy and Dave Jensen (Hornheads, Prince), Warren Weigratz, Simon Townsend, Dave Stoler, Jim Liban, Nick Moss Band, Devin Drobka, Eric Schoor (Brian Lynch), Jamie Breiwick, Shonn Hinton (John Legend, Lil' Wayne, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott), Rick Aaron, Kevin Hayden, Steve Peplin, Mike Dillon and Tank and the Bangas, to name a few.
Trombonist Russell Ramirez was born in the Tidewater region of Virginia shortly before relocating to South Carolina. At age eleven he joined the school band program and chose the trombone as his musical vehicle due to its playfulness, a choice that, unbeknownst to him, was the same choice his grandfather made. He attended the University of South Carolina where he earned a Bachelors of Arts in Jazz Studies. Shortly after receiving his degree, Russell moved to New Orleans in early 2012 to pursue his music career.
Russell has made a home in New Orleans and a name for himself in the local music scene. Aside from playing with The Good For Nothin' Band, he is a member of Smoking Time Jazz Club, Doombalaya, and works frequently as a sideman in various projects. As a leader, he has recorded a duo album with guitarist Georgi Petrov. Recently he toured with The Roamin' Jasmine in Europe and afterwards joined the Sea Clown Circus, sailing and performing in the islands of Greece. When he is not tootin' on the trombone Russell likes to read books, skip rocks, travel to new places, and play backgammon.