HANNAH FRANK, Songwriting, Guitar, Vocals
Songwriter Hannah Frank has written songs inspired by American songwriters for over twenty years. Inspired early on by the raw elements of rock and roll tracing back to rural blues, she took the troubadour approach and wrote songs on acoustic guitar. Upon living in Chicago, she embraced electric guitar and soaked up urban blues, jazz and world music. Her guitar playing is simply a bed for her lyrics, which are full of imagery, characters and points of view. "My favorite time in music is when blues, jazz, gospel and rock and roll were pretty much the same thing."
BEN E. MILLER, Bass
Ben E. Miller is a fourth generation professional musician who got his start playing in his father's orchestra at age 14. Over the years, he has has played with many Rock and Roll, Blues, Alt-Country and Show bands, and has backed up a variety of Tribute artists, singer-songwriters, Folk singers, choirs and Spoken Word poets in many venues, clubs and festivals all over Chicagoland. He also has recorded extensively, toured the Midwest, played in several theatre productions and has appeared on local radio and television programs. His bass influences range from the 1950's Blues and Rock and Roll pioneers to the 1960's legendary Rock group players and Studio icons. He has an old-school stylistic preference for the Fender Precision Bass, strung with flatwound stringsplayed with a pick or fingerstyle, that grooves and "serves the song".
VICTOR SANDERS, Electric Guitar
Victor is a sound engineer, producer and guitarist. His guit"art"work uses technical processing alongside creative prowress; adding ambiance and theatrics to suit the mood of every song. With decades of experience performing with songwriters in the Chicago area as well as along the East Coast, Victor's acute sensitivity to sound makes him a guitarist to watch.
MEG THOMAS, Percussion
Drummer and percussionist Meg Thomas has performed in musical realms that range from rock to calypso, avant-garde to spoken word, latin-jazz to punk, and dance ensembles to percussion ensembles. Meg has acquired years of performance, recording, and teaching experience as well as having toured the U.S. and Europe.
In addition to having obtained a degree in Music, performing in a wide spectrum of musical settings has helped contribute to her creativity and unique approach to each new musical endeavor. Her drum and percussion set-ups range from the traditional ideas to unique set-ups that incorporate a vast range of percussion instruments.
Meg won runner-up "Rising Star Percussionist" in Drum! Magazine's 2010 Drummie Awards and was named "Musician of the Month" for January 2013 by the Chicago Music Guide. Meg is part of the The Vic Firth drumstick and mallet company's Education Team as a Vic Firth Private Drum Teacher, teaches lessons out of her studio in Chicago, and has been a panelist for education seminars and panels. She has endorsements with Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, Evans Drumheads, LP Percussion, PureSound Percussion, and Humes & Berg Cases. Meg teaches private lessons for drum set, congas, bongos, snare drum, djembe, classical percussion, timbales, among other percussion instruments. Meg founded and runs the Chicago Women's Drumming Group. See www.megthomaspercussion.com to learn more.
Plus, special guests have graced the stage for various shows including Martin Lang (Blues Harp), Kevin Rush (Guitar), Mickey Thomas (Guitar), Derek Henderson (Drums) and Marlon Washington (Violin/Vocals).