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Dean Johanesen  - Circus Swing & American Roots Music

Originally from Long Island, NY (and formerly living in Ft. Wayne, IN, Las Vegas, NV and Woodstock, GA,)  Dean is now residing in Ellenton, FL,

Johanesen is a part time preschool music educator and somewhat of a full time modern day troubadour who enjoys traveling around FL and beyond to perform his own brand of "Circus Swing" and American Roots Music. 

Inspired by his love of guitarist Django Reinhardt, Texas Swing Music and novelists that utilize histories past for story content (Sara Gruen, Erik Larson, etc), Johanesen set off on a path to write original swing influenced music that brought the buried jewels of truth, stranger than fiction, to light in song.

With the regionally unique backdrop of Sarasota and its Circus History the outcome of these inspirations culminated into a style that Dean has coined “Circus Swing Music.”   

Johanesen’s 3rd solo record titled “Cautionary Tales” is slated for release in 2022. 

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LIVE DATES IN 2021 - 239 


Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival  - Panama City Songwriter Festival - MS Songwriter Festival - 30 A Songwriter Festival - Smoky Mountain Songwriter Festival - Black Warrior Songwriters Festival - Localtopia - Florida Folk Fest - St. Pete Folk Fest - NOTSXSX (during SXSW ATX.)


Robbie Krieger (The Doors Jam Kitchen) Glenn Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket) Howard Jones, Steve Forbert, Corey Hart,  Mason Jennings, Peter Mulvey.


“Dean Johanesen spiced up his repertoire of acoustic guitar-driven fare with a sonic palette that calls on Spanish rumba-style instrumentals, speakeasy-era Americana, and swinging hot club jazz dosed in circus tent hues. In addition to original material, his sets are studded with perfectly executed covers of songs like Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing”...” - ” - Leilani Polk, Creative Loafing - Tampa
"Dean is simultaneously a throwback to an era of gypsy jazz and circuses while pointing the way to what will always be timely: a renaissance man who can play, can sing and communicate with each person that he adds to his ever-growing fan base. With touches of Santana, of Django, of Paul Simon or even Leon Redbone or Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks, Dean's music cuts through the noise of everyday life. Go see him!" - Steve Huntington, Sirius/XM Radio Margaritaville” - Steve Huntington, Sirius/XM Radio
“Dean Johanesen is truly a remarkable artist in his ability, professionalism and dedication. His unique sound is unmistakable and his show is polished, but casual, with each song revealing more depth to his talent than the next. I knew of Dean and his music, mostly from area festivals and from songs I wore the needle through on Reverbnation…crystal clear, technically amazing and written from the heart. I was a fan before conducting this interview and chances are you’ll want to be one after you read it…” - ” - Mike Sales, Siesta Sand