An astonishing array of superb musicians has woven its way through my bands over the years. I’ve routinely asked players to do things that are, if not impossible, certainly unreasonable. They’ve all gone well out of their way to help me realize the odd sounds in my head, and to suggest new sounds that wouldn’t have occurred to me. Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude!
In the ’90s it was called Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins, in the aughts we were Mike Keneally Band for while, after awhile we became Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins again. It’s all the same band no matter what we’re called.
My current band, as of 2022 and for the last good bunch of years, is a quintet consisting of myself, Bryan Beller on bass, Rick Musallam on guitar, Griff Peters on guitar and Joe Travers on drums. All of us go back together many years. At this point our musical relationship is essentially telepathic, and even after all this time the band has the capacity to surprise me (and hopefully the audience) with its agility and ingenuity, not to mention its sheer power. It’s a true privilege to work, play and hang out with these guys.
(Soon I’ll get a new photo of the band, and I’ll ask Antal to put it in this space. I swear that this is true. MK wrote this on May 31 2022. Let’s see what happens next.)
Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins
Doug Lunn – bass (unknown-1993, guest member)
Nick D’Virgilio – drums, vocal (2001-2004)
Tricia Steel (Williams) – percussion, marimba (2000-2001)
Evan Francis – alto sax, flute (2000-2001)
Chris Opperman – trumpet (1999-2001)
Marc Ziegenhagen – keyboards, vocal (1997-2001)
Jason Harrison Smith – drums, vocal (1998-2001)
Toss Panos – drums (1994-1997)
Frank Briggs – drums (1996)
Bob Tedde – vocal, guitar (guest member)
Peggy Totzke – vocal (guest member)