It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a musical original and guitar genius, Johnny "Mondo Cane' " Madera. Johnny wrote all of the music for Ruby & the Rednecks and a multitude of musical numbers for the Playhouse of the Ridiculous. He along with Ruby Lynn Reyner, and Susan Lampert formed the original "Ruby & the Rednecks". The band debuted at the Mercer Arts Center in 1971(opening for The Dolls) and played at "Max's Kansas City", CBGBs, the "Bitter End" and "Harrahs" until 1982.
Johnny, Ruby and Suzie reunited in 1992 and played with the neo-Rednecks in their shows; "Singin in the Island" (in 1996) and "Christmas in the Island" (in 1997)- both at LaMama. The Rednecks' CD, "From the Wrong Side of Town" was produced in 2001.
On Friday, Feb. 17th Johnny died of a massive heart attack in the hospital while the other Rednecks were on stage at T.N.C. performing in the show Voidville and playing the last song he ever wrote; "End of Days".
Celebrate with us as we honor Johnny’s music and spirit.