Myke Rock -Bio- (01)
Bassist Myke Rock started out in a 3-piece band with his 2 sisters as an early teen in the mid 70s. At 15, Rock joined one of Columbus, Ohio's first punk rock bands, Screaming Urge, almost immediately throwing himself into the role of booking agent. Rock booked and played tours of the Midwest, East Coast, Southeast, as far west as Texas, and north through parts of Canada, while staging annual, semi-annual and more frequent nightclub-sized music festivals known as the “Nowhere” shows (Nowhere ‘83, Nowhere ‘88, etc). Screaming Urge recorded 2 full-length vinyl LPs and a single that today sell for $50 to $125 each! In the early to mid 90s, Rock worked with national television talk shows. Founding the only service of its kind in the country, providing pre-screened talk show guests who fit the topics producers posed, booking over 500 central Ohioans (and many more from across the country) on 15 different programs such as Rolanda, Springer and Jenny Jones. In fact, Rock himself appeared on national TV talk shows 11 times including 3 trips as featured musical guest on the Jenny Jones Show.
In the early 2000s, Rock began to prepare for an unusual solo bass and vocal career. In August 2001, he launched the MultiFestival Showcase Series, the only ongoing statewide showcase series in the world, which produced about 50 showcases a year. With various bands, such as Screaming Urge, Willie Phoenix and the Soul Underground and Dexter Wesley's Electric House, Rock opened for The Ramones, Cheap Trick, The Busboys, The Fleshtones, The Wailers (of Bob Marley fame), Eric Gales Band, J Roddy & The Business, Warrant and more. Returning to the familiar showcase series and small club festival format the World Series Music Fest was rolled out in the late 2000s, a series of multiple-band music festivals taking place in various venues in Ohio, and through 4 years of existence featured over 100 bands.
In February 2016, Rock left Willie Phoenix & The Soul Underground and joined Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers who continually perform at blues festivals and concert clubs across the US and have toured Europe in the fall of 2016. The band recorded a 14 song CD, “Long Black Train”, that was released during the 2016 European tour. In January 2018 Rock moved to Belgium and began performing with such notable artists as Mauro Pawlowski (dEUS), Jan Hautikiet, Jamal Thomas (original SOS Band drummer and Maceo Parker's drummer for nearly 2 decades), and Kloot Per W (Kloot Perwez, The Misters, The Employees, De Kreuners), among others.
In September 2018, Rock was tapped to play bass for 26-Time Grammy-Nominee, Blues Hall of Fame Inductee and No. 1 Billboard Blues Chart Artist Bobby Messano for a European tour from October 12 through November 1. In 2019, Rock continued as a studio musician and bassist for various Belgian and European bands like Brussels' Mark Rogers Band as well as touring bands from the USA (See below), including December and New Year's Eve shows with Jamal Thomas (SOS Band, Maceo Parker) and other events with Boogie Boy (in Paul Ambach's blues band) and Per W/ Pawlowski (featuring Kloot Perwez and Mauro Pawlowski: https://www.facebook.com/myke.rock/posts/10219085092294002). As well, Rock began playing with the original line-up of the Kloot Per W Group, headed by Kloot Per W, an Indie Rock/Belpop Underground group set to perform in Europe and record in 2020, releasing music on Belgian and UK record labels. In addition, early 2020 found Rock performing as European touring bassist with Prague (by way of Philadephia) blues artist Juwana Jenkins (http://www.juwanajenkins.com) and was set to tour in March and October 2020 with USA blues stand out Sean Chambers Band (http://www.seanchambers.com).
However, as the Coronavirus pandemic took hold, as in America, Belgium went into a shutdown. This resulted in numerous cancellations. By April, all 52 of Rock's scheduled Europe dates for the year were squashed. On June 30, Rock moved back to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio, where he knew he could "...find doable, meaningful work outside of music..." and survive until music and touring could resume. As of October 2020, Rock has been house bass man at open jams in Hilliard, Ohio and Gahanna, Ohio and has been called in on recording sessions with James Brown band, the "JBs" and Maceo Parker member Fred Wesley, by way of executive producer Jamal Thomas, Belgium's Mark Rogers Band as well as with stateside recording projects.
On March 23, 2021, Rock has rejoined Ray Fuller and the Bluesrockers. US music festivals and a European tour are being planned. The first show is on May 22, 2021 in Pennsylvania. Stay tuned to mykerock.com for news and event details.
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