Kaydi Johnson

Kaydi Johnson & the Dids

Sunday, July 30, 2017

4:00 PM

Rockwood Music Hall

196 Allen Street, NY, NY

With Dave and Nancy O'Flaherty



Friday May 20th-West Lake Fish House 7:00 PM
Friday May 20th-Sammy's 9PM
Saturday May 21st -Montauk Brewing 6:00 PM with the Tequila Twins
Saturday May 21st-Montauk Manor 8:00 PM with the Tequila Twins

Kaydi will be performing at the 9th annual Cape May Singer/Songwriter Festival on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Delaney's Irish Pub, Cape May, NJ at 11:00 PM. Special guests--Dave & Nancy O'flaherty--  http://www.sscapemay.com

Kaydi Johnson   

Montauk Music Festival May 15-17 2015

Montauk Music Festival (Revised Schedule for Kaydi Johnson)
Friday, 5/15, The Hula Hut, 426 West Lake Drive, Montauk, NY-- 6:00 P.M.
Friday, 5/15, Trails End, 63 Euclid Ave, Montauk, NY--8:00 P.M.
Saturday, 5/16, Trails End--8:00 P.M.
Sunday, 5/17, Bliss Kitchen, 732 Montauk Highway--10:00 A.M....

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Kaydi will be performing again this year at The 5th Annual Montauk Music Festival, Montauk, NY
                                                             May 15-18 2014 

                                                       Friday 5/16 Fishbar, 467 E Lake Dr. 6:00 PM

                                                   Friday 5/16 Inlet Seafood, 541 E Lake Dr. 8:30 PM

                                                               Saturday 5/17 Fishbar, 6:00 PM

                    Saturday 5/17 Trails End, 63 S Euclid Ave 9:00-11:00 PM with singer/songwriter, Mark Newman!

                                                              Can't wait to see old friends and new!


                                   SINGER -SONGWRITER CAPE MAY, NJ MARCH 28-29, 2014 



                                   Kaydi will be performing at the Millenium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA on February 21, 2014!


Kaydi is honored to be a judge for the Baltimore Songwriters' Association's
2013 Songwriting Contest!


Kaydi will be back to perform at The Keene Music Fsetival 
Saturday, August 31st at 5:00 P.M.
Miller Brothers Stage, Keene New Hampshire


Kaydi and 200 other talented artists and thousands of fun folks at 

The Fourth Annual Montauk Music Festival May 16-19, 2013


Kaydi perfroms Friday, May 17,  at the Fishbar, 467 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY--6:00 P.M.


Friday, May 17, Inlet Seafood, 541 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY--8:30 P.M.


Saturday, May 18, Fishbar--6:00 P.M.


Sunday, May 19, Zum Schneider, 4 South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk, NY--5:00 P.M.




Kaydi is honored to be invited back to the 2013 New jersey Folk Festival

Saturday, april 27th, 2013

 Rutgers University on the Shore Stage @ 1:00P.M.

She was selecected as a "Best Of" songwriter for the festival.

Check out all of the amazing performers we will have this year at the festival!


6th Annual Singer/Songwriter Festival

March 22-24, 2013

 Cape May, NJ

        Kaydi will preform at Martini Beach, 429 Beach Avenue, Saturday March, 23rd at 9:00 P.M.


There will be alot of great speakers & industry professionals attending and a slew of musicians hanging out and networking 
during the afternoons at Congress Hall so don't miss the opportunity to meet and trade gigs,  ideas and information.
The schedule of events and speaker listings and the showcases by venue are all on the website links.

Kaydi is honored to perform at the 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL, January 18-20, 2013

(headliners include Lucinda Williams, Suzanne Vega, Nancy Griffith & many more!)

The 30A SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL is a three-day music festival featuring more than 125 songwriters and over 200 performances in venues ranging from intimate listening rooms to spacious outdoor amphitheaters amid a backdrop of brilliant white sand beaches an d turquoise waters along scenic Highway 30A in Northwest Florida on the Gulf of Mexico. For more information and constant updates, please visit the websitehttp://www.30asongwritersfestival.com.


Join Kaydi for an evening of Good Company & Music
with Old Friends & New Friends
253-32 Northern Blvd--Little Neck, Queens, NY
Wednesday, October, 24, 2012 8-10 P.M.
Hosted by Lori Rugato

Love music and beer?
Come & party with Kaydi at The Birdsall Beer Garden on the Hudson
Friday, August 24, 2012 6-9 P.M.
The Birdsall House
970 Main Street
Peekskill, NY

Kaydi returns to the 2012 Keene Music Festival in beautiful downtown Keene, New Hampshire.
Catch her at the Keene Fresh Salad Company (of course they serve wine!)
44 Main St. Keene, New Hampshire
on Saturday, September 1, 2012 @ 2:15 P.M.

196 Allen Street, NYC

Come share the magic with 
Kaydi & Friends at the Third Annual Montauk Music Festival 2012!!!


Friday, May, 18th @ 6:00 P.M
 467 East Lake Drive, Montauk, NY 11954 

668 The Gigshack 9;00 P.M.
Friday, May 18th
668 The Gigshack
782 Main Street
Montauk, NY 11954

SAMM"YS 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 19th
448 W Lake Dr
Montauk, NY


FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012
Here Kaydi live on WCFA 101.5 FM with Phil Broder at 2:20 P.M.

ON SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2012 AT 11:00 P.M.
411 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ



Kaydi will be live on Pete Fornatale's "Mixed Bag," WFUV 90.7, NYC, with special guest, Fred Migliore of "FM Odyssey" on Saturday, February, 19, 2011 at 4:00 P.M. 



Kaydi will be performing at The Hard Luck Cafe in Huntington, NY on Saturday, February 19 at 8:00 P.M. 



          Kaydi will be appearing at the amazing Montauk Music Festival again this May, 2011. Check for updates...


New Feature Article:
Discovering Kaydi Johnson


WINNER New Jersey Folk Festival songwriting competition
Kaydi will be appearing at the NJ Folk Fest on April 24, 2010--more info to follow...

FINALIST 2010 Susquehanna Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, Havre de Grace, MD May 7, 2010

Appearing at the 2010 Montauk Music Festival, May 13-16 times & venues to be announced 

A special Hello to my friends from Shenzhen, China, Beijing, China & San Diego, California
Thanks for stopping by and please drop me a line!!   

Check out this new interview about Kaydi's music


There's a cool radio interview I did with Fred Migliore, from FM Odyssey. The link is below. I love how he found me. Legendary radio host, Pete Fornatale, from WFUV, NY had my CD playing in his car when he picked Fred up from the airport. It's so cool how your music takes on a life of its own--and you never know who's listening!

Kaydi is happy to announce the release of her third CD,
      "Peasant of the Wreck" on Fifty Fifty Music      
  •  It's not easy to put Kaydi Johnson's music into a neat package. This artist deftly cracks the stereotype of the cordial female singer/songwriter holding a guitar. Known for her witty word plays and tightrope topics, it's tough not to get drawn in and intoxicated by her crisp musical style and insightful lyrics. Her eagerly awaited third CD, "Peasant of the Wreck," (produced by David Seitz- Moby, Bruce Springsteen) transcends the safety of your garden-variety composition. Exploring themes of family, corruption, politics and love, Kaydi holds nothing back.
  • WINNER!!!  2010 New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriting Competition, Rutgers Universtiy 
  • Kaydi was selected for the Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase in New York, 2003.
  • She has opened for David Crosby, Robert Earl Keene and Lucy Kaplansky and Pure Prairie League.
  • Top ten regional New York finalists for the 2006 Mountain Stage New Song Festival at River to River Festival in NYC (with Ingrid Michaelson).
  • Cape May, NJ Singer Songwriter Festival and CD compilation, 2009.
  • Finalist in the South Florida Festival Songwriting Competition.
  • She has appeared on Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" on WFUV, in NYC. Pete Fornatele of WFUV, Fordam University, NY, gave her honorable mention when selecting his "top ten" albums of 2002.
  • Finalist in the Founders Title Folk and Bluegrass Festival (July 11-13 2008) Snowbird, Utah
  • Finalist in the Avalon Folk Festival, Paw Paw West Virginia, 2008
  • Featured Artist--International Narrative Song Competition, 2008
  • WINNER!!! Avalonfest Song Writing Competition, West Virginia, 2008
  • Honorable Mention 2009 North Carolina Song Writer's Co-op
  • Featured Artist--Orion Independent Musical Festival 2009, Park City, Utah


Previous events


Solo Acoustic Performance

MTK Cafe, 779 Main Street, Montauk, NY


Age limit: All ages


Singer Songwriter Series

Mirelles, 170 Post Rd, Westbury, NY


Age limit: All ages


Kaydi at the Rockwood Music Hall

The Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street, New York, NY


Age limit: All ages


Hard Luck Cafe

Huntington Folk Society, Huntington , NY


Age limit: All ages


Kaydi In CT.

Crown & Hammer, Collinsville, CT


Age limit: All ages


Orion Music Festival

TBA, Park City, Utah


Age limit: All ages


Kaydi at The Space

The Space, Hamden, Connecticut


Age limit: All ages


Kaydi at Port City Blue

Port City Blue, 650 Congress St. # A, Portland, Maine


Age limit: All ages


Kaydi at the Dogfish Bar & Grill

Dogfish Bar & Grill, 128 Free Street, Portland, Maine


Age limit: All ages


Philadelphia Film & Music Festival

Venues and show times TBA


Age limit: All ages


The Bitter End

The Bitter End, Bleecker Street, New York, NY


Age limit: All ages


The Purple Fiddle

The Purple Fiddle, 21 East Avenue, Thomas, WV


Age limit: All ages


The Purple Fiddle

The Purple Fiddle, 21 East Avenue, Thomas, WV


Age limit: All ages


Sole East

Montauk, NY


Age limit: All ages



Montauk, NY


Age limit: All ages


MTK Cafe

779 Main Street, Montauk, NY


Age limit: All ages


Montauk Music Festival

MTK Cafe, 779 Main Street, Montauk, NY


Age limit: All ages


Montauk Music Festival

Montauk Music festival, TBA, Montauk, New York


Age limit: All ages


The Fire

The Fire, 412 West Girard Ave , Philadelphia, PA


8.00 Age limit: All ages


The Raven Lounge

The Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA


Age limit: All ages

Click on Kaydi's new CD

Peasant of the Wreck

 A stellar production. David Seitz--grammy nominated producer who has worked with Moby, Bruce Springstein, John Wesley Harding, Dar Williams, REM and Natalie Merchant--has pioneered the ability to fuse contemporary and classic recording techniques for singer/songwriters.  His productions evoke a modern sound while retaining the depth and warmth of the past. "Peasant of the Wreck" uses various electronic samples and digital effects (as well as real instruments) to lay a foundation for the classic and unrefined edge of Kaydi's vocals and guitar. “It was so freeing to not have to worry about what genre, category or radio format a given song would work within. The songs went where they begged to go. Some paths led to electronica--some to a more acoustic treatment.”


The second track, Bonsai, might be considered a metaphor for the entire recording process.  Bonsai, a "potted plant" is the art of aesthetic miniaturization of trees by growing them in containers (the song). Shaping and diminishing are accomplished through a few basic but precise techniques (the arrangements). The small size of the tree and the dwarfing of its leaves are maintained through a consistent regimen of pruning of both the leaves and the roots (editing and mixing). A variety of methods must be employed, as each species of tree exhibits different budding behavior (every song is unique). Furthermore, some pruning must be done seasonally, as most trees require a dormancy period and do not grow roots or leaves at that time; (distance from a project is often required by the artist). Improper pruning can weaken or kill the tree (tenderness with the art form is imperative). 

And so it was with the Peasant of the Wreck. Dwarfed and pruned. Budding but sometimes dormant. Tender but tough. Various methods were employed for each song on the CD.  As centuries of people have enjoyed the aesthetics of the Bonsai for its exhibition of different budding behavior, so will listeners continue to appreciate the similarities between the natural and unnatural world of Kaydi’s music.

Song Writing Finalist...

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Listen to...

1) Eddie

2) Flowers on the Wall--Live on WFUV Pete Fornatale

3) Night Student

4) Cry 

5) Summer Place

6) Drunken Houdini

7) Peasant of the Wreck

Click bottom left to hear tracks