Midnight Rider

Press Kit

Booking: Josh Niemiera, Double D Booking

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Midnight Rider Capturing the Spirit of the Allman Brothers Band Live Tribute Entertainment from Chicago

Midnight Rider is a tribute to the remarkable talent and innovative abilities of the Allman Brothers Band. It is not about gimmicks and costumes. It is about the music; music that has inspired generations of fans through its boldness and creativity. The music is presented the way the Allman Brothers would have wanted it done. Soaring Double Guitars, Thundering Percussion Section and the Soulful Vocals. No backing tracks. No auto-tune. No Ipads. Just live music played by real people.

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

Midnight Rider is a 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 and Curtis Mayfield. They know how to entertain and give the audience the full Allman Brothers Band experience. Each Midnight Rider show is different and fresh.

The Allman Brothers sprang from the roots of Southern Blues, Rock & Roll, Country & Western, R & B and Jazz.

Midnight Rider sprang from the roots of Chicago Blues, Rock & Roll, R & B and Jazz.

Named the # 1 Allman Brothers Tribute in the Midwest,
in only their first year, their travels have taken them from Premier Rock Clubs to Country Honky Tonks. From Formal Theaters to Outdoor Festivals… Now Midnight Rider is bringing the Spirit of the Allman Brothers to you.

“The Road Goes on Forever” ~ Gregg Allman

 

Mason Clay ~ Lead Vocals ~ Acoustic Guitar

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Mason Clay was born in Chicago. Through the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Mason was the lead singer of the band “Roadhouse.” who’ s original music gained a dedicated following in Chicago & the Midwest. He then formed “Just Another Band,” which enjoyed a 15-year stretch of outstanding live performances. Despite all of the music played and the accolades favored upon him for his skilled vocal performances, the music of the Allman Brother has always resonated with Mason in a way that no other music could.

Hawkeye ~ Drums ~ Percussion ~ Vocals

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Christopher “Hawkeye” Mizyk is a believer in the power of music. A Chicago born and raised, formally schooled percussionist, he spent most of his youth traveling and honing his drumming skills for the likes of Curtis Mayfield, Willie Nelson, and Jerry Lewis. He was also Buddy Rich’s trusted drum tech. Night after night, he sat watching and learning from one of the best to ever rule a drum kit.

The Professor ~ Guitar ~ Musical Director

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THE PROFESSOR – Jeff “The Professor” Bachemin first came to Chicagoland to complete his music degree at North Central College after attending the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He then migrated to Los Angeles with his band “Mad Anthony” upon their signing with A&M Records. During his time in LA, he also toured with national acts such as The Billy Preston Band, The Association and Lowell George of Little Feat. During his career, he has also worked with artists such as George Benson, B.B. King, Steve Morse and Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band to name a few.

Voja ~ Guitar ~ Harmonica ~ Vocals

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From the sounds of JJ Cale, Peter Green, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck to the Sweet perfection of James Taylor, Voja’s diverse set of influences has brought him acclaim as one of Chicago’s finest. Born and raised in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Voja brings a different twist to the music. As a musician and composer, you can find him playing with Medicine Man, Lonnie Walker, Brother John Kattke, to name a few or with his own Blues/Jazz/Fusion Quartet; Black Jack Blue.

Herm ~ Bass ~ Vocals

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Herm is a classically trained violinist who decided that guitar and bass guitar was his ticket to playing Rock & Roll. An extremely talented multi-instrumentalist, his recording, and live credits include Ronnie Montrose, Chris Jagger to mention a couple… Herm has logged time as a professional musician with an extensive list of Rock legends too numerous to mention. As a business professional in the music industry, Herm was part of the Lakland Bass Company, as well working for FMI (Fender) as their Artist Representative for bass guitars.

Juddzey ~ Keyboards ~ Sax ~ Vocals

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Frank “Juddzey” Judd began his music studies at the famous Old Town School of Music while still in kindergarten, during which time his Father taught him music theory on a plectrum banjo. He learned to be a sound and light engineer working with Dave Major & The Minors, The Four Lads, The Four Diamonds, The Four Aces, The New Chordettes and Dick Contino, the original Italian Stallion! Juddzey played with Second Wind in the 80’s before spending a decade as a Contemporary Christian band leader.  Juddzey has worked with several popular Chicagoland acts such as Evil Wayz, Standing Eight Count, Z Sharp and Pirates Over 40.

Dr. Sweat ~ Percussion ~ Drums ~ Vocals

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Since the age of six, music has been a passion for the good doctor. He has been playing with bands in and around the Chicago area since he was 12 years old. His list of professional credits includes The Captain and Tennille, Lou Rawls, Ramsey Lewis as well as a two-week tour of the Australian Coast with Sine … The Band to support the 2000 Olympic Torch Ceremonies. Dr. Sweat has vast experience as a multi-genre musician has found him in professional situations as diverse as the city of Chicago, which he calls home.

JZ ~ Guitar ~ Guitar Tech ~ Master of All Things On and Off Stage

Jim “JZ” Zale began his musical journey as a drummer, but soon fell in love with the guitar. This affair has become a life-long passion. He is well respected in Chicago as a gunslinger of sorts with bands like Bad Penny & Goin’ South. He has played with a myriad of national acts, from .38 Special and Molly Hatchet to Ronnie Spector and Jimmy Van Zandt.
Always a fan of the Allman Brothers Band, a trip to Macon was somewhat of an eye opening experience. On this pilgrimage, he was enlightened to All Things Allman. Although not usually in the spotlight on stage, JZ is always there. His job with Midnight Rider is every bit as essential as anyone’s. We are now 8!

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