The Nathaniel Johnstone Band hails from Seattle, WA, lead by multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Johnstone (violin, viola, banjo, mandolin, and guitar). Their vibrant sound crosses boundaries and borders, resulting in a blend of European, Middle Eastern, and South American music with Jazz, Rock, Surf, Folk, Gothic, and Steampunk influences. Joining the band on stage is world-renown bellydance fusion artist Tempest, adding another incredible level to the band’s dynamic stage show. All together, they provide an incredible audio-visual experience that delivers solid, reliable music and high-quality entertainment – all while getting folks up and dancing!
Surrounding himself with an ever-changing roster of like-minded souls, Nathaniel creates music for his many friends in the dancing world. Every song in his repertoire was inspired by and created with a particular dancer/troupe in mind. He has also collaborated with a number of other ensembles: The Ghosts Project, Jill Tracy’s Malcontent Orchestra, Ego Likeness, Jody Ellen, Android Lust, The Last Dance, The Hellblinki Sextet, Abney Park, Unwoman, Ghostfire, and others.
In addition to full-on stage shows, Nathaniel is just as comfortable doing acoustic sets and teaming up with other bands for live-music jams – as well as working with Tempest to offer workshops, panels, and classes on music and dance. In the last year, the band has played SteamCon, Clockwork Alchemy, Tribal Fest, and A-Kon, as well as a number of sold-out shows in the Seattle area.