“Johnny Arco, playing a small quirky coffee shop in Austin TX during SXSW 2013 played his set to an audience that, without having to stand up, could snatch the violin right out of his ridiculously fast hands. Hiring session musicians and carrying only a backpack and his violin over his shoulder, he performed his original music which was written to suit his distinguished classical/rock hybrid violin playing to a mesmerized crowd. In addition to his musicianship we were impressed with his confidence and the way he looked right into and through our eyes while performing his well crafted songs. Johnny has some inspiring words for musicians who need the how-to and inspiration to publish their music and take their music on the road. He’s a smart guy who lives a half molecule ahead of the music industry’s cutting edge and has the determination of gravity and time. We listen to the 911 call that preceded his arrest in Atlanta and he talks about his reform plan for arts and education.”
“A traveling New York violinist spends five days in jail after being arrested following an impromptu performance in an Atlanta MARTA station.”
“My dear Mr. Ito, Thank you for holding such an insane event, so that poor, sturdy New England farm stock such as ourselves could sample the full extent of Brooklyn-based, creative deviltry. Good lord. This is something I expect that I'll never forget, as long as I live. The end of the show, with "Gone," and "This is Going to Kill Me," and the aerialists... filled up all the senses. To rock out there, drinking beer with my heir, watching you, Jeff and Bob doing your thing... what really could be better for me? Well, nothing! Thank you. It's a wiggly world, and you are wiggling right along with it. Warm regards, and good luck at SXSW, Rob P.S. No snake? P.P.S. Please buy the guitar player a sandwich. P.P.P.S. I never got to meet Seanna. I didn't want to break her concentration, as I'm sure you can understand. Very hard floor.”
“When Seanna Sharpe performed an illegal acrobatic display on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York last year, she felt as if she was flying. Dangling 285ft (87m) above the rush-hour traffic and trains, the 15-minute show amazed onlookers, reminding New Yorkers of Philippe Petit's unauthorised tightrope walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974. Once back on the ground, however, the "aerialist" - a performer who is part acrobat, part dancer - was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment. The charges were later reduced to trespassing on a public bridge. Sharpe, who joined the circus at 16 and is now aged 25, talked to the BBC about the illegal stunt and why she was prepared to risk her life to feel the sensation of flying. Produced by Anna Bressanin; camera by Ilya Shnitser Bridge footage by Ronenv.com; music by Johnny Arco; facilities courtesy of Julio Mora and OM Factory.”
“Brooklyn musician and The Greenroom Brooklyn founder Johnny Arco (who’s held some pretty amazing events in the past) will be playing an EP Release show at Pianos on Sunday, October 28. There will also be a DJ set by Metagame and additional sets by Rueben Cainer and Everett Beck. Johnny Arco recently wrapped up a 6-week EP promotional tour in which he stopped in cities including Nashville, Austin, and L.A. The EP was funded by a Kickstarter campaign that raised $3000 in 3 weeks. The event will also be filmed. Doors are at 8pm and will be $10 at the door.”
“ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) - A violinist who has performed in cities across the country said he spent five days behind bars after he was arrested in a MARTA train station. He was playing his violin at the Five Points station. "What punishment for what crime? I didn't do anything wrong," Arco told CBS News. An official from MARTA said Arco was arrested for breaking state law which states a person cannot sell anything or panhandle at a transit station. "I don't see what harm musicians are doing," said David Powell, who rides MARTA and is a part-time musician. "I have yet to see one aggressively ask for money." Others said allowing musicians to play brings a big city feel to the streets of Atlanta. "I think it brings a lot of joy and happiness to the community to have people out here playing," said Hafeza Hinton. "That's entertaining. Why wouldn't it be? It's culture." Copyright 2013 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.”
"It's just an open door for outside musicians," Stockton says. "They're providing opportunity in a good area to promote for solo acts or bands." Perhaps that's why it was so easy for Johnny Arco, a violinist traveling across the country, to hop in and sit in with Caddywhompus for their set. "It's really awesome when everyone who wants to get involved, can," says Matt. "I felt like there was a lack of that in Houston, so I wanted to bring more of that. Where else is there a single block where you can do all of this?"
“Brooklyn’s underground launchpad for performing artists, Greenroom Brooklyn is run by violinist and dancer Johnny Arco, with help from Ryan Alexander and several friends. They’ve thrown nine parties in the last year, primarily on their roof, and they bring in lots of musicians and DJs to keep everyone dancing and to foster impromptu and spontaneous performances throughout the night. They invited me out to a party in September, and I got there as they were putting the finishing touches on the rooftop decorations. It looked amazing, full of lights and art, with instrument clusters in three corners. And then it started to rain. I watched the assorted crew go from skeptical to worried, and then, once the decision was made to move the party downstairs into the loft proper, I was privy to (and a small part of) the most organized, polite, un-frantic overhaul I could have imagined. With fewer than a dozen people, in less than an hour, everything was brought inside d”