Jam Alker is an addict who creates music to heal himself and in doing so, realized that his music heals others also battling with this brutal disease. I'm honored to play drums in his rocking video, "Junkyard". Find out where to buy his album Sophrosynehere and support Jam in his mission to bravely expose his soul in hopes to inspire others to embrace the truth.
My favorite band I've played in is Kim, pictured above. We formed in the late 1990's and played a big ol' reunion show on May 14, 2016 at the Hideout. It was a blast!
This page is still forming. More music info coming soon, including samples.
In Chicago's music scene, Mia's played in over a dozen rock and jazz bands in Chicago since 1995. Mostly playing drums and singing in rock/pop bands, she now plays annually at the rock benfit series Covers for Cover, which she created and produced for ten years..
"Covers for Cover" raised money for Deborah's Place in 2006, "Hope! Hope! Hope!" benefitted Chicago Coalition for the Homeless in 2008, and "Covers for Cover 2" benefited Coalition for Abused Women and their Children in 2009. In 2010, there was a food drive for Greater Chicago Food Depository. In 2011, "Covers for Cover 3" benefited Primo Center for Women and Children. In 2012, "Covers for Cover 4" benefited Sarah's Circle. Institute of Women Today received funds from "Covers for Cover 5" in 2013. In 2014, "Covers for Cover 6" donated to Teen Living Programs and in 2015, "Covers for Cover 7" raised money for my beloved domestic violence center, KAN-WIN. "Covers for Cover 8" takes place on December 10, 2016 at Schubas.
Music History This is more of a historical record for myself. Music has always been deeply important for me and since I don't play as often as I used to, it feels good for me to see a list of the bands I've played in. Bands with an * indicate bands formed to raise money for women's homeless shelters in Covers for Cover series.
She's So Unusual Cyndi Lauper cover band (2017)* Scary Monsters David Bowie cover band (2016)* Cities in Dust Siouxsie and the Banshees cover band (2015)* Plastic Passion Cure cover band (2014)* Girls Got Rhythm AC/DC cover band (2013)* Permanent Record Violent Femmes cover band (2012)* Girl Group Chicago (2012-2013) Parkway | Chicago, IL (2011) drums, vocalist, also covered The Buzzcocks* Tiny Bones | Chicago, IL (2010-11) drums, vocalist Double Life Cars cover band (2009)* Blitzkrieg Bops Ramones cover band (2008)* Girls on Film Duran Duran cover band (2008)* Cats and Jammers | Chicago, IL (2008) keyboards, vocalist Illinois First! | Chicago, IL (2003-2008) rock drummer, vocalist Rock Mime World | Chicago, IL (2002-2008) rock drummer accompanist Early Risers | Chicago, IL (2003-2004) rock drummer, vocalist Panda Panda | Chicago, IL (2002-2003) rock drummer, vocalist Kim | Chicago, IL (1999-present) rock drummer, vocalist, songwriter, administrator, booking agent, publicist The Miyumi Project Big Band | Chicago, IL (2001-2002, 2006) jazz/rock drummer Pook Nury | Chicago, IL (2000) Korean folk drummer, administrator, booking agent, publicist Top Dart | Chicago, IL (1998-2000) country drummer, vocalist The Baltimores | Chicago, IL (1998-2000) keyboardist, vocalist Lobstar | Chicago, IL (1997-1999) vocalist, jazz/rock drummer, manager, booking agent, publicist Chance Fancy and the Helldorados | Chicago, IL (1997-1998) rock drummer, vocalist Hoo Doo Hoedown | Chicago, IL (1997) rock drummer, vocalist Police Car | Chicago, IL (1996) rock drummer Waiting For The Fall | Waukegan, IL (1994-1995) rock drummer, vocalist Jugband | Waukegan, IL (1992-1995) country drummer, vocalist Millions of Eds | Philadelphia, PA (1991-1992) rock drummer, manager, booking agent, publicist The Beck Soos | Seoul, South Korea (1990-1991) rock drummer, vocalist, songwriter, manager, booking agent, publicist Various musical/drumming projects in Philadelphia, PA (1989 - 1990) and Austin, TX (1990)
Discography Illinois First! self titled CD (2004) Early Risers self titled EP (2004) Panda Panda self titled CD (2003) Kim Welcome to Rock Township EP (unreleased - 2002) self titled EP (self-released - 2000) The Miyumi Project Big Band Rooted: Origins of Now (Southport Records -2001) Tubring Drake Equation (Invisible Records - 2000) The Baltimores Future Perfect (self-released - 1999) Chance Fancy and the Helldorados self titled EP (self-released - 1998) Lobstar Songs (self-released - 1997)