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Mike started playing gigs at age 8 and has never looked back. His first real break came when his band, “The Newports” became one of the house bands at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood, San Francisco, and The New York World’s Fair.
After a short stint in the U.S. Navy Mike became a hired gun on guitar and bass in the L.A. area. He has worked with the Coasters, Etta James, Sonny and Cher, Little Anthony, Chubby Checker, Big J McNeely and many others in the Rock ‘n’ Roll and Blues fields.
His Country-Western credits includes over 20 years with The Riders Of The Purple Sage. He has worked with Roy Rogers, Cliffie Stone, Hank Penny, Eddie Dean, Molly Bee, Stewart Hamblin, Red Simpson and many others.
Mike plays electric bass, acoustic bass, harmonica, guitar, mandolin, sings and writes songs.
Mike plays a variety of instruments, sings, and writes music. Some of his original songs are included in Alter Ego Band's setlist.
Call Alter Ego Band today for great live musical entertainment to complement your event. Office party, birthday, wedding, whatever it is we can make it better.
Steve has been a musician for more than 45 years and has been playing professionally for more than 35 years. Steve’s been on national television, in TV commercials, and toured both in the U.S. and Europe with some really big names. He’s also written a number of songs.
Steve expertly plays keyboards and is the band’s lead singer. He loves making music and entertaining crowds, which you will clearly see as you watch him perform.
Steve is a musician with passion. Watching him perform on stage is a thing of beauty. Think Billy Joel...
Steve wows the audience with his vocal range and his ability to capture the true essence of the original performer. Especially when he does an original song.
Russ has been playing drums since age 10. After seeing the band at Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa he decided that he wanted to be a drummer. Like most drummers do, he started out banging on his mom’s Tupperware containers. As luck would have it, the drummer in his brother’s band was selling his old set and Russ’ parents bought the set for him.
After the drummer heard Russ play them, he decided to give him the drums and gave the money back to his parents. Within a year, his brother’s band asked if he would like to play a gig with them; and at the age of 11 his drumming career began.
He’s spent time in recording studios, and at the age of 16 he was standby for three different bands. If you have a chance, ask him to tell you the story of what his brother did to him with an Allman Brothers cassette tape.
Russ loves to play all types of music, but his favorite artists are The Outlaws, The Doobie Brothers and Toto.
We aren't the most expensive band around, or the least expensive. But you get a lot of bang for the buck with Alter Ego Band. We are the best "Value" in town. You get more than your money's worth.
When Russ starts drumming, you can't help but feel the rhythm. It gets people on their feet. Russ keeps the beat that keeps the band in time, while the band takes the audience BACK in time.
Steve has over 40 years as a gigging musician, teacher, studio musician and music business veteran. He's worked at A&M records in Hollywood, toured the Southwest, Northwest, Midwest playing blues, rock, funk, and original music. Steve spent seven years as Frankie Avalon’s bass player on his Midwest dates. He spent ten years as the bassist with Skip Towne and the Greyhounds, one of Chicago’s premier Blues bands. Steve studied at M.I. In Hollywood and with Steve Rodby, Pat Metheny’s longtime bassist. He performed on the same bill with Buddy Guy, The BoDeans, Oingo Boingo, Katey Sagal, Lonnie Brooks, Dr. John, and many others.
Alter Ego Band performed at Sam Hill's Cigars and Pipes for the Acker Music Showcase. We played from 5:30-8:30 pm. Crowds gathered quickly each time we started a new set. Dancing seemed to be almost automatic. Dollars kept coming in to the Acker donation bag. Who knows, Alter Ego Band may have brought in more DOUGHnations than anybody else downtown. Looking forward to next year's Acker Music Showcase.
Dec 7, 2018 Acker Night at Sam Hill's
Here's a compilation of the songs we performed on Acker Night. The recording isn't great but it kind of tells you how we sound.
On July 4th, Alter Ego Band played at the Chino Valley annual 4th of July Celebration. Although there were no fireworks put on by the Town of Chino Valley, AEB created fireworks all our own with special guest Gary Krite on rhythm and lead guitar.
4th of July 2018 Chino Valley
On July 2nd Alter Ego Band performed at the World's Oldest Rodeo at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds. Magic was n the air. We had Gary Krite playing rhythm and lead guitar with us. The boots were stomping, the dust was flying and the it was limbs akimbo the whole time.
July 2, 2018 Prescott Rodeo
June 16, 2018 Alter Ego Band donated our services to support a fund raising event for the Life Pregnancy Resource Center in Chino Valley. Righteous Rods put some classic cars on display, a BMW was put on the raffle block, and burgers and hotdogs were served. What more could you want on a rainy day ?
June 16, 2018 Chino Valley