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Hey Jimmy is the premier party band based out of Chicago. With a pedigree in sonic fidelity and a love for entertaining, they leave their audiences amazed. At inception the vision was clear. Look great, sound great, and put on a dynamic show with non-stop energy. Each member of Hey Jimmy brings their unique talent to each and every stage. And the musical diversity is jaw dropping. From the music of the 50’s to today’s dance, pop, rock and R&B, they are your virtual Ipod. Just push play.

Hey Jimmy understands the pacing and business involved in entertaining. They have played every hotel, casino, club, and festival stage around. So they understand the ever-fluctuating environment per venue. They are able to change on the fly to suit the demographic and audience make up. One look and listen and you’ll see why countless professionals count on Hey Jimmy for their entertainment.

One thing Hey Jimmy holds sacred is playing the songs you love authentically. People want to hear the songs they’ve grown to love the way they’ve grown to love them. With original transitions/medleys and mash-ups it’s fresh and energetic every performance -- yet as a whole -- you get to listen, sing, and dance to your favorite songs the way you remember them. Delivering a high-energy, fun, live musical experience is what you’ll get every time. You won’t want to leave the dance floor. Whether it’s a nightclub, a festival, a special event or the most important night of your life, you want Hey Jimmy there as your musical tour guide.

Feel free to read Hey Jimmy's individual member bios.

Jimmy Riley

Jimmy Riley’s career is marked with a long string of successes. As a performer he has built an impressive legacy in the Midwest but in recent years has had a global impact. An award winning record producer and recording engineer, Jimmy’s clients read like a who’s who in the music biz. As a professional engineer, Jimmy has worked as a Pro Tools editor on recordings by Sheryl Crow, Robert Plant, Lifehouse, Stevie Nicks and Daughtry -- just to name a few.

When it comes to bands, Jimmy of course has played in many original bands. But back in the early 90’s, Jimmy started forming successful cover bands that entertain to this day. Jimmy has designed and filled the guitarist/vocalist position for some notable local cover bands and his impact can be seen and felt all around the music scene. Hey Jimmy is the next chapter in that legacy and sure to follow suit.

As a music director/band leader, Jimmy has also made a big impact. Jimmy co-music directed and composed original compositions for the acclaimed Christmas production “Imagine Christmas.” Jimmy performed and band led the production from 2006-2007 for over one hundred and sixty thousand people and nearly twenty-four sold out performances. CBS broadcasted the show and it turned in to a global phenom performed in countries all over the world.

Jimmy has shared the stage with Shania Twain, Kerry Livgren, George Lynch and yes Bill Cinton.

Little known fact: Jimmy has played guitar and sang on recordings that he can’t talk about. Odds are you’ve heard him and not known it.

Tony Ingala

Tony Ingala is the consummate singer/front man. With rock star good looks and talent, Tony has the ability to lead any size room in song.

Tony comes from the Southwest side of Chicago. He began his singing career at 15 years old as a founding member of the group "Frequency" and quickly signed a deal with Elite Entertainment Enterprises, traveling throughout the Midwest as the premier cover band for high school mixers and proms. At age 16, Tony was already doing over 100 shows per year. Versatility is one of Tony's best qualities. He has the uncanny ability to reproduce vocal styles whether it’s singing Motown hits or doing a Bon Jovi song.

Tony is also a founding member of the 90's rock group "Joker." Jokers big break came when they were chosen best band in Chicago after winning the Seagram’s Wine Cooler talent search. From there, they signed a record deal with independent label "Red Light Records.” In 1992 Joker’s self-titled debut was released. Tony and Joker toured the United States in support of the record. After featuring music in motion pictures, Tony and Joker went back in the studio to record their follow up album "Cool Deal" with famed producer Gary Loizzo (American Breed, and producer for Styx.)

Tony also writes and records with his original band "Circus Liquor" with former Joker member Nick Sikich.

Little known fact: Tony was once the front-runner to replace singer Jani Lane in the 80’s rock group Warrant.

Ron Barnes

Ron Barnes reputation as a dynamic, versatile and reliable session drummer has kept him busy with both live and studio work for most of his career. Ron’s passion for laying down a groove is easy to see and hear. Although entertaining audiences with his stage showmanship, it is Ron’s ability to play drums musically that contributes to t