The Mike Dillon Band

The Mike Dillon Band

How many artists have been praised a “punk rock provocateur,” “jazz vibraphone visionary,” and “percussion virtuoso” in the same sentence? There’s only one: Mike Dillon. Whether through his affiliation with artists like Les Claypool, Primus, Rickie Lee Jones, and Ani Difranco, and collaborations such as Nolatet, Garage a Trois, The Dead Kenny G's, Critters Buggin or bands he has led, including Mike Dillon Band, Mike Dillon's New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium, Billy Goat and Hairy Apes BMX, the Texas-native has set his own standard for 25 years now.


Over the past decade, Mike Dillon has released a number of acclaimed albums, intertwining a range of influences from Zappa-esque eccentricity to Fishbone punk funk, D.C. Go-Go to Milt Jackson-influenced vibraphone majesty. Never before, however, has he recorded music so personal and committed to a sustained mood as his latest album, Functioning Broke. The recording finds Dillon solo on vibraphone and various percussion, building each track into its own minimalist, but multi-dimensional auditory landscape.

The current version of the Mike Dillon Band features guitarist Cliff Hines, Bassist Nathan Lambertson and a rotating cast of drummers including Claude Coleman Jr. (Ween), Simon Lott, G. Maxwell, Doug Belote and Paul Thibodeaux. With this line up, Dillon has continued exploring the connection between New Orleans street beats, Ska, funk, Hardcore and jazz. The band will release a new record in February 2017 titled, “Life is not a Football." Produced in New Orleans by Richard Maloney and Dillon with engineers Rick Nelson and Robert Mercurio, this album sounds like a Spotted Cat trad band that grew up playing Dead Kennedys and invited Captain Beefheart over for a dinner cooked by Thelonious Monk. The Mike Dillon Band has supported acts like Galactic, The Revivalists, Clutch, Primus, and Fishbone, while continuing to play music festivals and in cities across the U.S.

In 2016, the Gambit's Big Easy Awards named Mike Dillon "Performer of the Year" and the Mike Dillon Band "Best Punk/Metal Band" in New Orleans. Living in New Orleans for over 10 years now, when not on the road with Rickie Lee Jones, Nolatet, or the Mike Dillon Band, Mike resides in the Musician's Village.

Frank Catalano

Frank Catalano makes his major label debut with Bang! Catalano’s first CD for the legendary Savoy label (a division of Columbia Music Entertainment) just debuted at #12 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. His previous CD, “Mighty Burner” was on the Billboard Charts for 20 straight weeks, establishing him as one of the top-selling saxophonists in the United States. Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, and Louis Bellson, while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically-acclaimed recordings. More recently, Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world having performed/recorded with pop artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend.

No stranger to adversity, Frank cut off his right middle finger in an automobile accident. After several surgeries and much effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand musicians today. A true example of the American Dream, he has been sought out to give speeches across the country, offering inspiration to those who have suffered hard times including: cancer survivors, AIDS patients, recovering alcoholics, and at-risk teens.

Also an entrepreneur, Frank has patented a devise that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. This led to his position as spokesperson/advisor to companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and Jody Jazz. He can be seen in their worldwide Print Ads. Catalano’s songs have been used by Motorola, Land Rover, and Jaguar in their advertising campaigns.

When not on tour or in the studio, Frank enjoys composing classical music. He holds a degree in music composition from DePaul University. Frank’s interests include racing his BWM 1-series in closed course competition, traveling with his girlfriend, Sona, collecting Goudey Gum Baseball Cards from the 1930’s, and enjoying a good martini.

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