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Midnight Rider is an Allman Brothers tribute band honoring the remarkable talent and innovative abilities of the Allman Brothers Band. To us it is not about gimmicks and costumes, it is about the music. Music that has inspired generations of fans though its boldness and creativity. We strive to present their music the way The Allman Brothers would have wanted it done.

Chicago based tribute band – delivering the full Allman Brothers Band Experience

Midnight Rider is Chicago based tribute band comprised of consummate professionals who have worked with everyone from Billy Preston to Willie Nelson and Ronny Montrose to Buddy Rich. We know how to entertain and give the audience the full Allman Brothers Band experience. Each Midnight Rider show is different and fresh. We are continually adding new songs to our performances and maintain a rigorous practice schedule.

Midnight Rider – a recent connection to the past

Christopher Mizyk “Hawkeye” of Midnight Rider recently met with Kirk West, legendary photographer and road manager of the Allman Brothers Band at a Chicago photography exhibit and book signing. When Hawkeye remarked to Kirk bout the Allman Brothers being a legendary rock band, he replied: “They weren’t a rock band. They were a really loud jazz band.” That about sums it up.

The Allman Brothers dared to break all the rules

The legend of the Allman Brothers Band began in 1969. Duane Allman had met some great musicians and sparks began to fly. But they didn’t have a singer. Duane called his brother Gregg to come up from Florida and the Allman Brothers Band ignited. The confluence of so many musical influences created a sound that has never been duplicated. Dicky Betts brought the country stylings and Duane Allman brought the soul from his sessions with Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin from his days at Muscle Shoals. Jaimoe brought his jazz chops and Butch Trucks brought his straight ahead rock drumming style. And, of course, Gregg Allman brought the blues. Duane Allman also pioneered the use of blues slide guitar as an alternative to the typical guitar styles of the day and his slide techniques have been the benchmark of that guitar style ever since. At a time when rock was still young and somewhat rudimentary, The Allman Brothers dared to break all the rules with odd time signatures, modal soloing ala John Coltrane and an unequaled energy provided by two outstanding drummers. The final roster that was to have an indelible mark on Southern Rock and Roll history was in place and consisted of Gregg Allman, Duane Allman, Dicky Betts, Butch Trucks, Berry Oakley and Jaimoe (Jai Johanny Johanson)

The Band that could endure and reconfigure

In rock music history, few band have lasted for so many yeas (45 years), had reconfigured themselves so many times and had so many comebacks. In 1989 the Allman Brothers added Warren Haynes and D. Allen Woody to the line up to take Duane Allman and Barry Oakley’s spots after their tragic deaths many years before. The band was again a hit capturing a new generation of fans and delighting the older ones with the release of their album “Seven Turns.” In 1999 they added Derek Trucks to the lineup. By the age of 20 Derek had already captured the attention of guitar plays around the world as one of the brightest new guitar talents in years, taking Duane Allman’s slide guitar innovations to a whole new level. This added a whole new generation of music enthusiasts following the band. Unfortunately, with the deaths of Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks the band played their farewell concert in 2014.

Contact Midnight Rider

Midnight Rider carries on the tradition, the music, and the energy of this timeless band that was the first and only musical group to fuse every musical genre into one cohesive sound often referred to as “Southern Rock.” For booking information contact us at 847-962-5938 or use or email mailto:midnightriderlive@gmail.com