Midnight Rider

Press Kit

Contact: Jeremy K Smith (815)900-6898



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Midnight Rider Marketing Plan

We create an event-specific video, then target people interested in categories like Allman Brothers Music, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Etc. on Social Media platforms and we invest in ads that reach out to everyone in a predetermined radius around your venue depending on your market. Here is a sample of an event-specific video:

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.

Once Midnight Rider first hit the stage, they were an instant hit with fans of all ages who have followed the Allman Brother’s 45-year span as one of the world’s most notable and durable rock bands of all time. With their mix of rock, country, blues, and jazz, there was something for everyone.

With 5-star reviews from fans across the board and the buzz from the Midwest getting louder and louder, it is no wonder that when you type Allman Brothers Tribute Band into the Google search bar, Midnight Rider is at the very top of the page.


“The Road goes on forever” – Gregg Allman

Mason Clay ~ Lead Vocals ~ Acoustic Guitar

Mason Clay was born in Chicago. Through the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Mason was the lead singer of the band “Roadhouse, whose original music gained a dedicated following in Chicago & the Midwest. It is well known amongst his fans throughout his many years as a top-tier vocalist in many successful acts that he “looks and sounds exactly like Gregg Allman.” When first approached by Midnight Rider to help form an Allman Brothers Band tribute, he rolled up his sleeve and revealed a tattoo of the Allman Brothers Band logo on his arm. The rest is history.

Hawkeye ~ Drums ~ Percussion

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.

Juddzey ~ Hammond Organ ~ Sax ~ Vocals

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 has since been a featured Hammond organist and sax player with many well-known acts around the midwest. As one of the co-founders of Midnight Rider, Juddzey has found a home that allows him to showcase his extraordinary skills.


Jimmi Perrino~ Piano and Keytar

Jimmi Perrino is known far and wide as one of Chicago’s premier pianists. Back in the day, when working with Chuck Berry’s group, Chuck said of Jimmi, “Man can that boy play the blues.” He and the professor first met while playing together in the popular Chicago-based SRV tribute Texas Flood. Jimmi is an indispensable talent on the ivories. But when he picks up his keytar and steps to the front of the stage, it’s GO time.


Ron “Dr. Sweat” Anderson – Percussion – Vocals

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. As a talented percussionist and entertainer, Dr. Sweat brings the depth required to give the audience the true Allman Brothers musical experience.


Mike Lerner – Drums- Vocals

Mike’s musical career started at a very early age. By age 5 he was playing guitar. By age 10 he was playing in a Rock and Roll band. By age 15 he had switched to drums and was playing in a “New Wave” jazz ensemble doing everything from Charlie Parker to AACM free form jazz. By age 20 he was a part of The Eddie Boy Band on the MCA label. They were very similar to the Allman Brothers with dual guitarists and dual drummers along with keys and bass. The band toured with everyone from the Beach Boys to The Mahavishnu Orchestra and many other national and international acts too numerous to mention. By 1975, Mike was living in Los Angeles as a session musician, working with the likes of members of the Eagles, Dan Fogelberg, Jaco Pastorius, and Joe Zawinul to name a few as well as live situations with Chuck Berry and Tanya Tucker. During that time he was Al Stewart’s drummer on the Merv Griffin Show but had to refuse a permanent position in Al’s band because his band was in the middle of completing an album under contract. Before returning to his hometown of Chicago, Mike spent 3 years in his wife’s homeland of Ireland performing with several major Celtic Rock bands. Upon his return, Mike has worked and toured with many acts out of Chicago, including Street Corner Blue, a popular Chicago area horn band where he was not only the drummer but the lead singer as well. An interesting footnote is that after working with “The Professor” on and off for over 20 years in various situations, they discovered that they were born on the same day, in the same year and lived and worked as session musicians for major record labels in Los Angeles during the same time period.


Midnight Rider Songlist

Don’t Want You No More / Cross To Bear / Southbound / Statesboro Blues / Trouble No More / Jessica / Blue Sky / Ramblin’ Man / Midnight Rider / Hot ‘Lanta / One Way Out / Ain’t Wasting Time No More / Revival / Melissa / In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed / Whipping Post / Soulshine / Good Clean Fun / Come And Go Blues / No One Left To Run With / Gambler’s Roll / Black Hearted Woman / End Of The Line / High Cost Of Low Living


Stage Plot (click for printable PDF)