Mike Beck

Mike Beck

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I am a full-time performer, recording artist, songwriter and producer that tours internationally. My performances include forays into rock, soul, blues and country, including compelling originals, classic rock favorites, stirring soul standards and guilty pleasures.

Biography

In the USA, I'm known as Big Ugly Mike; In Europe, they know me as Chicago Mike.

Mike Beck has been performing for more than two decades. Possessing a diverse repertoire of more than 1,000 songs, Mike has developed a loyal following on two continents. Whether performing solo or with his Intergalactic Brother & Sisterhood of Big Eyed Beans, audiences return again and again to enjoy his high-energy live performances.

Mike released his premiere CD in Europe in October 2002 with Big Ugly Music & Media. Entitled Chicago Mike, the CD features eight original songs and a cover of Warren Haynes' Soulshine, performed with Larry McCray, renowned blues guitarist who first brought that song to public attention in 1995 on his Point Blank / Virgin Records release Delta Hurricane.

Also appearing on Mike's CD are harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy and Bloodshot Records folk-diva Nora O'Connor. His CD has received critical praise and airplay on radio stations throughout the United States, Germany, Holland, Belgium and Denmark.

In September of 2002, Mike produced a live concert recording for Dutch blues-rockers Rob Orlemans & Half Past Midnight. The result is Half Past Midnight: Live In Chicago, released by Savage Music in December 2002. The CD has received widespread critical acclaim throughout Europe, and is enjoying radio airplay in Holland and Germany.

Other projects that Mike has worked on can be found on his web site --- www.mikebeck.us --- in his Discography and Bandography.

Born in Los Angeles, but growing up in Chicago's north suburbs, Mike immersed himself in the Windy City's phenomenal wealth of music, exploring the best of its blues, jazz, gospel, soul and rock offerings. Following a two year pilgimage to New Orleans, Mike returned to Illinois, this time landing in Carbondale, situated in the Southern end of the state. Here, he further honed his aggressive acoustic guitar style, while enhancing and mutating it by fusing bluegrass elements gleaned from so many of the talented pickers he found in Southern Illinois. Seven years in the wilds of Utah followed three years living in the Blues Mecca of Chicago's north side. He now resides back in Chicago's north suburbs when he's not recording and performing throughout the USA and abroad.

Possessed of a powerful voice and dynamic stage presence, Mike's performances include forays into rock, soul, blues, and country, including compelling originals, classic rock favorites, stirring soul standards, and guilty pleasures.

On my web site --- www.mikebeck.us --- you can check out my up-to-date tour itinerary, listen to audio clips, and enjoy photos from the recording sessions for my debut CD as well as past performances.

Discography

2002 - Chicago Mike CD (European-only release)

2003 - Mike Beck EP

2005 - "(If) The Soup Is Good" CD single

Set List

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