Shakedown

Shakedown

 Waterford, Wisconsin, USA
BandPopClassic Rock

Shakedown simply Rocks. With great musicians and a great lead singer you have to dance and sing along to your favorite songs from classic to current

Biography

“Ozzy The Iraqi”
Lead Guitar and Vocals
Yes ladies and gentlemen, on Lead Guitar and Vocals, Shakedown features that funny man from the sands of Baghdad, the Emir of Electrics, the Sultan of Strats, the Imam of the Ibanez, that Phoenician Fenderman himself, “Ozzy The Iraqi.” You’ve no doubt heard Ozzy on WKLH’s Dave and Carole Show, cracking up the hosts with his wry commentaries on life in America as an Iraqi. Yet, you may not have known that Ozzy is one of the best Lead Guitar players around and simply loves playing good old American Rock & Roll. His resume includes the bands Pull Toy, Rock Bottom and Cross Eyed Kitty to name a few. Now living in America’s heartland (Palmyra, WI) Ozzy simply wants to bring a smile to your face while rocking the night away with his Shakedown friends.

"Nate"
Drums and vocals
One of the newest members of Shakedown is drummer Nate. Hailing from scenic, Waukesha, WI, Nate has been the keeper of the beat for local teen phenom sensations "KNG" as well as Milwaukee's ground breaking alternative favorite "Murdock". With a cutting edge style all his own, Nate hammers on the skins like he's beating a government mule. (Note - No government mules were harmed in the writing of this biography). Next time you're checking out a Shakedown show, remember that you're dancing to the beats of one of Wisconsin's finest, nicest and only slightly sarcastic percussionists, Nate C. "Wocka, Wocka, Wocka"!

"Nicole"
Lead Vocals
And then there’s Nicole. Continuing the fine vocal tradition of the band and blazing a musical trail all her own, Nicole brings it each and every night. From the strong and gritty to the soft and sensual, she’ll rock the house and demand your attention. Formerly of the Milwaukee band Albatross, Nicole has the voice that charms, soothes, smiles, launches a thousand ships (OK, maybe not a thousand, but several hundred for sure) and most of all ROCKS! The next time you’re out for a Shakedown night on the town, help the band welcome Nicole into the fold and make her feel at home. (Oh, and don’t forget to ask about her “Party Jewels”). Nice to have you on board “N”.

"Fred"
Bass Guitar and Vocals
Fred started playing Bass Guitar rather late in life. At least, when compared to other Bass players. The fact is he didn't touch a Bass Guitar until he was more than 22 years old. (No, that does not make him the oldest member of Shakedown even if the gray hair shows through). However, once he picked up his original 1963 Fender Precision Bass, there was no going back. He’s played in such bands as The Spring City Rockers, The Schneebs, Mostly Water, Gimmick, The Willies, The Mad Cows and was a founding member of Waukesha Wisconsin's Four30Nine. He’s also the current Bass Player for Rip Snortin’ and The Prime Cuts. Fred’s favorite quote, "Without music, life would be a mistake" – Neitszche

"Bruce"
Lead Guitar and Wounded Animal Noises
Immediately after high school, Bruce played in the bands Mark Blue and High Voltage. Then at the relatively young age of 21 years, Bruce put the band business on the back burner, raised a family, raced at the Hales Corners Speedway and worked his rear off. Bruce did not touch a guitar for 27 years! Thankfully, at a more mature age his interest in music was rekindled by none other than his family. It’s difficult to say whether it is a blessing or a curse when every other person in the house is a musician. Simply stated, Bruce had more to say with his music and was not about to be left behind. Watch out when he turns into his alter-ego Rock Star - Tommy Tsunami! Bruce's son Jeff is in the classic rock band Fat Bottom Special, and his daughter Mary is in The Invaders, a Ska Band and The Uptown Savages, a rockabilly band. His other daughter and wife both enjoy music as a hobby, but are smart enough not to be in a band.