Great drummer needed for international and USA touring


High-energy international touring artist seeks a GREAT drummer for local gigs here in Chicago's north suburbs and 6 week tour of Switzerland and Italy from February 21, 2010 through April 13, 2010.

Our needs are specific, so please review the information below and only reply if you meet all the REQUIRED criteria. Thanks!

We perform some originals and lots of cover songs from a diverse array of musical styles. We never use a set list, and every show is a unique performance. Our repertoire includes over 1,000 songs.

My 2002 CD has received radio airplay in the USA, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, The Netherlands, Transylvania, Romania, Macedonia and Japan. Currently at work on a new CD. Since 2001, I have toured Europe over fifteen times, with my band and as a solo performer.

Check out to listen to some of my originals, view our upcoming performance schedule, and learn more about my band.

My influences and repertoire range from Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding and Gladys Knight to Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Bad Company and Led Zeppelin to John Hiatt, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Junior Brown to Muddy Waters, BB King, Ray Charles, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee to Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart and Steely Dan to The Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, Little Feat, String Cheese Incident and the Grateful Dead. And a bunch more. And, of course, The Beatles and The Stones.

Here are the REQUIRED criteria:

spacerKILLER chops

spacerGreat sense of time

spacerWillingness to follow bandleader and "flex-time"

spacerDedication to learning enormous repertoire

spacerImprovisational ability / inclination

spacerLooper-friendly (Can play to looper -- Follow, not lead!)

spacerAvailable for rehearsals in Libertyville, Illinois prior to scheduled gigs

spacerFree to gig regularly and often

spacerFree to travel February 21, 2010 through April 13, 2010

spacerMust be a "team player" (no superstar egos needed!)

spacerMust follow instructions, do what is asked of you, and respect the "employer / employee" relationship

spacerCooperative "can-do" attitude

spacerMust be willing to assist with load-in, setup, tear-down, load-out and whatever else is asked of you, without bitchin'!

spacerProfessional and reliable communicator --- Must respond reliably and quickly to email and telephone messages

spacerNo felony convictions (qualified drummers that have been convicted of misdemeanors will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

spacerMust have valid passport (or eligible to get one, and willing to apply for passport immediately)

spacerMust be willing to ROCK YOUR ASS OFF and "Leave it all on the floor" night after night

The following are NOT REQUIRED, but are a BIG PLUS:

spacerAbility to play hand percussion

spacerOwn collection of hand percussion instruments

spacerCan play "cocktail kit" (minimal drumkit)

spacerJazz chops and background / love for jazz

spacerCan sing

spacerAbility with additional musical instruments


If you think this gig is for you, email or call +1 312 420 5306


Chicago Mike Beck