Dean Johanesen of The Human Condition
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Dean Johanesen of The Human Condition

Bradenton, Florida, United States | SELF

Bradenton, Florida, United States | SELF
Band Rock Singer/Songwriter


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"CD review - Creative Loafing"

“The Human Conditions Sound, sarcastically dubbed “folk-core” by musician friends, is acoustic with just enough grit to avoid being adult contemporary. Melodies are pushed to the forefront and delivered by Johanesen’s beautiful instrument of a voice.”
- Cooper Levey Baker

"Songwriter Show press"

“…Bradenton’s Human Condition, an acoustic-rock act with a passel of catchy affecting songs.”
- Eric Snider - Creative Loafing

"*five - Review in Performer Magazine"

The Human Condition — *five
Produced by Steve Connelly, Zen Recording in St. Petersburgh, FL

The Human Condition truly touches on the emotional condition of a man or woman’s soul in the heat of romance or tragedy. The band knows how write and perform music that draws in the exuberance and appeal of youth, and in their new release, the members dig deep into their well of feelings to translate emotion into music.

The artsy songs of *five kick off energetically with the rocking gem, “Purple Heart,” segueing candidly into the smooth, polished heartbreaker, “Sorry in the Meantime.” Finalizing the album is the fifth track, “From,” a well-structured, brutal attack on electric lead guitar, neatly balanced with riveting bass and gripping percussion, all overlaying a grunge-like vocal style, giving the band a recognizable identity.

The songs are beautifully placed in the order given, lending the entire thematic aspect of the album meaning. Charming songwriter Dean Johanesen is backed up nicely by a group that churns out one dazzling performance after another. Each tune is crafted with subtle, yet very well drawn-out creativity as the melodies carry a certain weight that pulls, tugs, and at times, rips at the heartstrings. The vocals are passionate and from the heart, the choruses build and build, a climax that adds to the excitement.

Inspiring and thought-provoking, this little EP is well mannered, yet the listener is left hanging in sorrow, eager to find out more about this band. A nugget of golden musical bliss, both vivid and graceful, this record is just that perfect glimpse one needs. (Self-released)

-Shawn M. Haney

- Performer Magazine - Southeast edition

"CD review - The Bradenton Herald"

“The Catchy melodies fit nicely around Johanesen’s balmy vocals to form a radio friendly brew of
folk/rock that should appeal to Jack Johnson and Ben Harper enthusiasts.”
- Wade Tantangelo

"Show Review - Stir The Soul"

"Stir the Soul Coffee House says Dean Johanesen is a monster songwriter, singer, and guitarist. His mate Anson played the mandolin like a guitar and made it anything but a sideline instrument. Great, great show tonight. So much positive response from the folks who were here. Thanx Dean. Lets do it again real soon."
"PS - thanx also for playing the extra time - everybody really appreciated the fact that ya did. Plus, I don't think they were gonna let ya leave at 10 o'clock without a fight anyway."

- Daney Jelley (Owner)

"Review of Mahaffey Theater Show"

“The Human Condition is a tight band. Their sound is distinctive yet familiar, combining the up-tempo heartbeat of the Dave Matthews Band, the melodic hooks of David Gray and the emotionally raw lyrics
of Tori Amos…and like the aforementioned artists, they are engaging to watch.”
- The Gazette - Aaron Alper

"The Human Condition review"

The Human Condition…a contemporary folk-ish anomaly poetically spliced between rock storminess and pop melody. More than that, however, is it’s experimental nature that includes using unexpected time signatures, jazz chords and alternate guitar tunings.

- The Herald Tribune - Dawn Scire

"Music Menu - Songwriter Showcase"

"Songwriter Showcase - Human Condition principal Dean Johanesen continues to set up some of the best acoustic showcases of local talent going. This one features..." - Weekly Planet - Scott Harrell

"*five - CD review"

One of the hardest-working bands on the local scene returns with a new five-track EP recorded almost entirely live in the studio.

These tracks feature few overdubs and retakes, giving listeners an idea of the technical polish the folk-rock quintet has achieved thanks to countless gigs in clubs, coffee shops over the past couple years.

As always, the emphasis is placed on the jaunty acoustic guitar strumming and warm vocals of bandleader Dean Johanesen. Indie rock enthusiasts might wish for more dissonance, but with such strong melodies, it's tough to carp at anything here. - Cooper Levey-Baker - Creative Loafing

"Critics Pick *five as best local CD 2007"

Critics' Pick
BEST LOCAL CD: The Human Condition, *Five

While Spontaneous Habit’s trip-hopping eponymous EP put up a fight in this category, Bradenton’s Human Condition just came up aces with *Five. The disc collects five (duh) tracks of deeply felt acoustic rock, bouncing from ripping country-tinged burners like “Purple Heart” to slower, soul-tinged tracks like “Back Roads.” Singer, songwriter and guitarist Dean Johanesen possesses a casual way with a tune, draping his rich baritone on each song but never over-emoting and getting all gushy on us, while Scott Anderson provides some backbone with his subtle electric guitar work. Johanesen and Anderson labored for quite a while trying to find equally committed bandmates. Listening to *Five, it sounds like that search is a thing of the past.

Human Condition, or
- Creative Loafing

"Life In Lines is a stellar example of the high quality music that the Tampa Bay area has to offer"

" The 11 tunes selected for Life In Lines reflect the band’s eclectic taste and personality, yet all fit together extremely well. From the upbeat, danceable “Don’t Stand Still” to the lonely, cello-saturated “Last Dance,” each song reveals a different side of The Human Condition, the thoughtful standout “Godspeed” invoking the feel of Lyle Lovett and featuring honey-voiced singer-songwriter Pulley singing alongside frontman Dean Johanesen. “Pocket Change” is a solid acoustic rock song that might have a serious shot at substantial radio airplay. Life In Lines is a stellar example of the high quality music that the Tampa Bay area has to offer as well as a fine representation of The Human Condition’s undeniable talents. "
- Jeff O'Kelley , - Creative Loafing - Tampa (May 10, 2010)

"In the case of The Human Condition, hard work pays off. ""

"Don’t think it’s faint praise when I call The Human Condition one of the hardest working bands on the Suncoast...I first interviewed H.C. main man Dean Johanesen back before Creative Loafing, excuse me, Weekly Planet, printed in color or had a website. You don’t achieve that kind of longevity without a killer work ethic. On the The Human Condition’s new full-length disc, Life in Lines, you can hear the band’s years of experience in the crisply executed tunes, all of which show Johanesen, drummer Mike Eng, bassist Mark Pezzo and guitarist Dave Berry’s talent for composing buoyant, acoustic-driven pop-rock. “Song to Myself” is a standout, with a guest solo from saxophonist Ronnie Dee... “Last Dance” — a mournful ballad featuring cello work by another special guest, Abe Feder — is another winner: touching and sad without devolving into sappiness. In the case of The Human Condition, hard work pays off. "
- Cooper Levey-Baker, - Creative Loafing - SRQ (Apr 30, 2010)

"The Human Condition is one of the busiest rock bands around Tampa Bay"

"Whether it's the full lineup performing or just frontman Dean Johansen, Bradenton's The Human Condition is one of the busiest rock bands around Tampa Bay. Hardly a week goes by when you won't find them at one coffeeshop, bar or singer-songwriter night around Tampa Bay -- Dunedin Brewery, 3 Birds Tavern and Tre Amici @ the Bunker are all frequent sighting spots. This acoustic-fronted band combines elements of pop and rock along the lines of Toad the Wet Sprocket, Ben Harper and the Wallflowers, but their melodies are too textured, luminous and, well, human to dismiss as generic."
- Curtis Ross -
- TBT - Tampa Bay Times (Apr 21, 2010)


The Human Condition - Camera One
Dean Johanesen & Anson Mitchell LIVE @ Stir the Soul
Firflies in Mason Jars EP
The Human Condition - "*five" EP
The Human Condition Life In Lines - full length Cd released April 2010

CD at these stations:
WEGL - Auburn U - Auburn
WLJS - Jacksonville State U - Jacksonville

KJACK - Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff
KAMP - U of AZ - Tucson
KASC - ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism - Tempe
Radio Phoenix - Phoenix

KCAC - SAU Tech - East Camden

KBBI - Homer
KEUL - Glacier City Radio - Girdwood
KHNS - Haines
KRUA - U of AK - Anchorage
KSUA - U of AK - Fairbanks
KUAC - Fairbanks

KCRH - Chabot College - Hayward
KCSB - U of C - Santa Barbara
KCSS - CA State U - Turlock
KDVS - U of C - Davis
KFJC - Foothill College - Los Altos Hill
KFSR - CA State U - Fresno
KGAR - Lemoore
KIDE - Hoopa
KKSM - Palomar College - San Marcos
KSCU – SCU - Santa Clara
KSDT - U of C - La Jolla
KSPC - Pomona College - Claremont
KSSU – CSU - Sacramento
KUCI - U of C - Irvine
KUCR - U of C - Riverside
KWMR - Pt. Reyes
KZSC - U of C - Santa Cruz
KZSU - Stanford University - Stanford

KAFM - Grand Junction
KASF - Alamosa
KDNK - Carbondale
KEPC - Pikes Peak Community College - Colorado Springs
KGNU - Boulder
KMSA - Mesa State College - Grand Junction
KRCC - CO College - Colorado Springs
KRFC - Fort Collins
KRZA - Alamosa
KSJD - Mancos
KURA - Ouray
KVDU - U of Denver - Denver
KVNF - Paonia

WCNI - Conn. College - New London
WECS - Eastern CT State U - Willimantic
WESU - Middleton
WHUS - U of CT - Storrs
WPKN - Bridgeport
WRTC - Trinity College - Hartford
WVOF - Fairfield University - Fairfield
WWUH - U of Hartford - West Hartford
WXCI - Western CT State U - Danbury

WVUD - U of DE - Newark

Bulls Radio - Tampa
WFCF - Flagler College - Saint Augustine
WMNF - Tampa, FL
WNSU - Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale
WOSP - U of Northern FL - Jacksonville
WOWL - Boca Raton
WPRK - Rollins College - Winter Park
WRGP - FL International University - Miami
WSLR - Sarasota
WVUM - U of Miami - Coral Gables

SCAD Atlanta Radio - Atlanta
WVVS - Valdosta State College - Valdosta

KKCR - Kauai Community Radio - Hanalei
KTUH - U of Hawaii - Honolulu

KBSU - Boise
KUOI - U of ID - Moscow

CLC - College of Lake County - Grayslake
WCRX - Columbia College - Chicago
WEFT - Champaign
WIDB - Southern IL U - Carbondale
WIIT - IL Institute of Technology - Chicago
WLCA - Lewis & Clark Community College – Godfrey
WLTL - LaGrange
WLUW - Loyola U of Chicago - Chicago
WMXM - Lake Forest
WONC - North Central College - Naperville
WRDP - Chicago
WRRG - Triton College - River Grove
WRSE - Elmhurst College - Elmhurst
WXAV - Saint Xavier College - Chicago

WCRD - Ball State University - Muncie
WCYT - Ft. Wayne
WSWI - U of South IN - Evansville

KALA - St. Ambrose College - Davenport
KDIC - Grinnell College - Grinnell
KRUI - U of IA - Iowa City
KUNI - U of Northern IA - Cedar Falls
KURE – ISU - Ames
KWAR - Wartburg College - Waverly
KWLC - Luther College - Decorah


KSDB - Kansas City University - Manhattan

WMKY - Morehead State U - Morehead
WRFL - U of K - Lexington
WWHR - Bowling Green

KLPI - Ruston
KLSU – LSU - Baton Rouge
KNSU - Nicholls State U - Thibodaux
KNWD - Northeastern State U - Natchitoches
KSCL - Centenary College - Shreveport
KSLU-2 - Southeast LA U - Hammond
KXUL - U of LA - Monroe
WTUL - Tulane U - New Orleans

WERU - East Orland
WHSN - Husson College - Bangor
WMEB - U of ME - Orono
WMHB - Colby College - Waterville
WMPG - U of Southern ME - Portland
WRBC - Bates College - Lewiston
WUMF - U of ME - Farmington

WFWM - Frostburg State College - Frostburg
WJHU - Baltimore
WMUC - U of MD - College Park
XTSR - Towson University - Towson

WCCS - Wheaton College - Norton
WCFM - Williams College - Williamstown
WERS - Emerson College - Boston
WKKL - Cape Cod Community College - West Barnstable
WMBR – MIT - Cambridge
WMFO - Tufts U - Medford
WMLN - Curry College - Milton
WMUA - U of MA - Amhurst
WMWM - Salem State College - Salem
WRBB - Northeastern U - Boston
WSCW - Worcester State College - Worcester
WSHL - Stonehill College - North Easton
WUMD - U of MA - North Dartmouth
WUML - U of MA - Lowell

WCBN - U of MI - Ann Arbor
WDBM - East Lansing
WHFR - Henry Ford Community College - Dearborn
WIDR - Western MI U - Kalamazoo
WMHW - Central MI U - Mt. Pleasant
WMTU - MI Tech U – Houghton -
WNMC - Northwestern MI College - Traverse City
WSDP - Canton
WUPX - Northern MI U - Marquette
WXOU - Oakland University - Rochester

KFAI - Minneapolis
KMSU - Mankato State U - Mankato
KQAL - Winona State U - Winona
KUMD - Duluth
KUMM - U of MN -




Mason Jennings, Donavon Frankenreiter, Kevn Kinney, John Waite, Martha Wainwright, Garrison Star, Michelle Malone, The Legendary JC's, Bobby Long (Twilight SInger Songwriter), Howard Jones and Bobby Lee Rodgers


The Human Condition's songs Godspeed and Last Dance will be featured in the Independent film Beautiful Noise written and directed by Steve Tatone. The film is set for release in early 2011

The Human Condition performed on the 2010 documentary film "Toyland" directed by Ken Sons and Tim Walsh. "Toyland" premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival in April of 2010.

SXSW 2007

In 2007 The Human Condition was one of 6 bands selected by the Bay Area Arts and Music Organization to perform at a special showcase at SXSW (South By Southwest.) We scheduled a tour for that performance and played shows on the way there and back in Valdosta, GA, New Orleans LA, Houston TX, and Austin, TX.


BAAMO CD compilation 2011 - Godspeed


Orange Blossom Jamboree - May of 2011
Sarasota Folk Fest - March of 2011

Bayfest - 2010
Safety Harbor Seafood Fest - 2010
Friday Fest - 2010
Florida State Fair - 2010

Bay Fest - Anna Maria Island - 2009
Colossal Fest III - Miami FL - Tobacco Road - 2009
Anna Maria Island "Friday Fest" - 2009
Florida State Fair - 2009

Suwannee Springfest - Songwriting Competition Finals - 2008

Americana Fest II in Tampa hosted by 88.5 FM WMNF -2007
E-Fest in Lakewood Ranch hosted by Positive Change Magazine - 2007
Florida State Fair - 2007

Suwannee Springfest - Songwriting Competition Finals - 2006
Americana Fest I in Tampa hosted by 88.5 FM WMNF -2006

Sunburst Festival in Safety Harbor, FL - 2005
2nd annual Freedom Fest in Clearwater, FL - 2005

Hippy Hill Hoodang w/ Carl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Col. Bruce Hampton and the Codetalkers, Leftover Salmon, etc. - 2004
1st Annual Rhythm and Brews Festival - Mahaffey Theater - 2004


Creative Loafing chose The Human Condition EP *five as critics pick for best CD in 2007

The Human Condition performed over 130 dates in 2007 including a tour to Austin.

The band has regularly scheduled gigs once a month at the Dunedin Brewery and 3 Birds tavern where they book the nights and run sound for the events.

Johanesen hosts Songwriter Showcase - In The Round events at select venues throughout the Tampa Bay Area

The Human Condition performed on 88.5 FM's Live Music Showcase hosted by Bill Dudley in 2007 to promote their tour to Austin and their new EP. They returned in April of 2010 to promote their CD release for Life In Lines and one of the songs performed made it onto an 88.5 FM live music showcase compilation.

The Human Condition or Dean Johanesen as a solo act has appeared on Tampa Bays 10 television station for their Studio 10 morning show and the Saturday Sound Check. 3 performances with the full band and a a number of performances with Dean solo.


Hildegard's & Bas Bleu - Zach Hatcher (booking agent & Manager) Valdosta GA band and acoustic -

Dunedin Brewery - Michael (booking) Clearwater FL acoustic and band venue -

BAAMO - Laura Keene (Bay Area Arts & Music Organization) -

E-Fest - Randy Moore -


New York, NY - Living Room

Bean Blossom, IN - Bill Monroe Music Park / Hippy Hill Hoodang

Asheville, NC - Root Bar, Outspoken Book Store and Café

Charleston, SC - Kudu Coffee House,
Columbia, SC - Jammin Java

Opelika, AL - 8th and Rail

Atlanta, GA - The Brandyhouse
Cartersville, GA - Legacy Fine Arts Center
Columbus, GA - Soho Bar and Grill, Fountain City Coffee
Savannah, GA - Sentient Bean (open mic night while on tour)

Bradenton, FL - Fogartyville Café, Java Moon, Barnie’s Coffee and Tea
Dunedin, FL - Dunedin Brewery, Dunedin Martini Bar
Gainesville, FL - Eddie C’s, Club Red, Lillian’s Music Store, Dionysis, The Shamrock
Lake Park, FL - The Orange Door
Lake Worth, FL - South Shores Tavern,
Live Oak, FL - Springfest Songwriter Competition finals
Naples, FL - It’s A Grind
Orlando, FL - Studio Café, Natura Coffee and Tea, Central Station
Oviedo, FL - Push Play Cafe
Sarasota, FL - Metro Coffee and Wine, It’s A Grind, Four Gees
St. Augustine, FL - Santa Maria Fisherman’s Wharf, Milltop Tavern
St. Petersburg, FL - The Globe, Limey’s Pub, The State Theater
Tallahassee, FL - All Saints Cafe
Tampa, FL - Skippers Smokehouse, Kelly’s Pub, New World Brewery
Venice, FL - Stir The Soul

Austin, TX - Yard Dog, KOOP radio
Houston, TX - Super Happy Fun Land

New Orleans, LA - Kajuns Pub, Urban Cup Café, Hi-Ho Lounge