Loose Change

Loose Change


Take some world class blues harp, add a dash of country fiddle, flavor it with barrel house piano, mix in acoustic and electric guitar, back it with electric bass and drums, spice it up with the soulful and gritty voices of two lead singers, and you have the unique roots rock sound of Loose Change.


Loose Changes's unique sound is inspired by the rich vein of American roots music. Their covers range form the rock & roll of John Hiatt, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones to the country twang of Hank Williams and Eliza Gilkyson to the blues of Leadbelly. Their original compositions, written by lead vocalists Sam Bergquist and Mike Costello, meld these diverse influences into a varied menu of soulful wit and humor. Their live performances have electrified crowds, pulling them out to the dancefloor, and have built a solid base of fans.
Mike Costello (lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic and electric guitar) is a veteran musician from the Boston music scene. He was the founder of The Big City Twisters and Rocket 88, two rock, blues and soul bands that performed throughout New England in the 80s and 90s. He has performed with countless bands, including Los Lobos, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, The Bruce Katz Band, The Bosstones, Memphis Rockabilly, Peter Wolf, Brownie McGee, Mickey Bones and the Hubcaps, and Frankie Blandino, and Mike was the sound man and road manager for a year with the Boston band Treat Her Right. Mike's electrifying harmonica playing and gutsy vocals bring a real honky-tonk sound to the band.
Sam Bergquist (lead vocals and acoustic guitar) comes to Loose Change with experience as a solo performer in the singer-songwriter tradition. He performed in Boston area clubs in the late 80’s until the mid 90’s, as well as underground in Red Line and Green Line subway stations. He has independently released two solo recordings: “Songs from the Red Line”, 1988, and “The Hum Drum”, 1996. Loose Change performs many of Sam's original compositions, songs whose lyrics are intelligent and infused with a wry sensibility.
Tom Daniels (keyboards, vocals), who studied jazz at Berklee College of Music, and Mickey Zibello (bass, vocals) comprised two thirds of the trio “Sacramento Street” in the early and mid 90’s, performing in coffee houses and clubs in Cambridge and Boston’s western suburbs. Tom injects Loose Change with his rich vocal harmonies, while Mickey's bass licks keep the band grounded. Josh Berlin (fiddle, vocals), adds a bluegrass and country flavor to the band, and Matt Johnson (percussion, vocals), who received a performance degree from Berklee and has been playing drums for over twenty years, brings everyone out to the dance floor with his rockin’ rhythms.

Set List

Loose Change plays a mix of covers and originals by band members Sam Bergquist and Mike Costello:
Black Day--Sam Bergquist
Daddy’s on the Radio--Sam Bergquist
Get What You Give--Sam Bergquist
Good Friend--Robert Johnson
How Long Blues--Leroy Carr
I Used to Bike--SamBergquist
In a Novel--Sam Bergquist
Just Want a Little Dream--Sam Bergquist
Key to the Highway--Eric Clapton
Little Darlin’--Eliza Gilkyson
Long Gone Lonesome Blues--Hank Williams
Tollbooth Queen--Mike Costello
Loose Change--Sam Bergquist
Momma's In Jail--Sam Bergquist
My Old Friend--John Hiatt
Never Say Nothin’--Liz Phair
One Man Guy--Loudon Wainwright
Red Neck Friend--Jackson Browne
Runaway Man--Mike Costello
Take it Down--John Hiatt
Unlonely--John Prine
The Weight--The Band
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere--Bob Dylan
Sun Go Down--Bergquist
Are There Any More Real Cowboys Neil Young
Dead Flowers--Rolling Stones
Have a Little--Faith J. Hiatt