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John has been a judge since 2018

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John Koziol

Bitter Jester Music Festival Judge

John Koziol formed Johnny K & Tempest Rising years ago, to much success. After Johnny K Won Top 20 for America’s Got Talent, he took the best musicians & dancers and put together a show for Metropolis (available on YouTube ) under "Johnny K's Thats Why We Dance." He started his first band Crystal Palace years ago, which was also quite successful.

Johnny K has played at Chicago Fest, Soldier Field, Parkwest, Comcast TV, and was picked by the late Bernie Rico (from B.C. Rich Guitars) as a 'Poster child' for his workshop in LA along with Rick Derringer. A YouTube recording was made of Crystal Palace playing "Great White Buffalo" which went viral, getting over 130,000 hits and counting. He has also had the honor of playing with other bands and Musicians including Yanni, BTO, Rick Nielsen from Cheap Trick, and Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. A special honor was when he got hired by his favorite guitar player's aunt (Jimi Page From Led Zeppelin) to play at her private party. On the side, he runs a successful dental business (Choice Dental) in Arlington Heights, IL.

Johnny K also won the Illinois Entertainer's Heavy Metal Contest, winning a Fender Stratocaster. He recently wrote the best song of his career called Casa Diablo (House of the Devil). The song is a fast-paced "Bullfight" Pasa Doble Flamenco song. Tempest Rising members consist of King Arthur 'Artisimo' on Bass Guitar and Victor Varjan on drums. Tempest Rising had the Privilege to play in front of 4,000 people at the Rosemont Theater.

David Banks at Energy Command in Arlington Heights also recorded Casa Diablo, which Johnny K wrote for NBC's Americas Got Talent in 2018. His music is currently being downloaded by thousands of fans on CDBaby & iTunes. He appeared last year on WGN twice including on Christmas Eve Day doing the Trans Siberian orchestra's Carol of The Bells, Holy Night, and Blue Christmas. He is scheduled to appear at the 2020 Presidential Convention.

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