Average Joe is
a Chicago area rock band made up of longtime, devoted
veterans of the Midwest U.S. music scene. Coming together in
2001 and comprised of singer-songwriters, recording artists
and studio musicians - many of whom have previously performed
together - Average Joe now plays a FUN eclectic blend
of contemporary, classic and original rock.
Catch us Summertime at Chicagoland festivals and lakeside establishments
throughout the midwest. During the rest of the year, catch them
at many of Chicago's functions and fine clubs.
out and party with Joe ! ! !
to see: Pat Sullivan (Cuz), Tom Quinlan (Q), Andy Banathy (HH), John Biordi, Jim Petti, Mike
Thompson, Gino Fontana
Quinlan, Guitars, Lead and Background Vocals, Percussion,
Tom brought his incredible musical skills to Average Joe in
been working as a professional musician in the Chicago area
for 20 years both as a recording artist and songwriter.† Primarily
a guitarist and vocalist, he has performed with several bands
including Sabre, Crystal, Stillwater, Cooler Near the Lake and
others and performed on numerous commercially released recordings.†
While currently performing with Average Joe, he is also writing
and recording for "Uncharted" who released their first CD in
Fall in 2001.† Tom has recorded as a session player for many
of Chicagoís finest musical acts over the years.† He is a co-owner
of HolloWood Media,Inc. a Chicago-land record company, studio
and publishing company that focuses on promoting, recording
and producing local talent.
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Petti , Bass Guitars, Background Vocals
Jim is a
20 plus year veteran of many local rock
band favorites including Mistaken Identity. An outstanding bassist, Jim also adds awesome lead and harmony vocals to the Joe sound. Average Joe welcomed Jim to the band during
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Average Joe in 2003. In
addition to having performed in the past bands with Q and Mike
he has performed it all: Classical, Rock, Country, Big Band,
Jazz Fusion, Southern Rock & Top 40. He has made numerous
appearances at Milwaukee Summer Fest, Wisconsin State Fair,
local clubs, and festivals.
playing classical music at age 8, winning technical competitions
3 times. Feeling the need to perform contemporary music, Andy
studied at the prestigious Allen Swain studios learning improvisational
skills and reading charts. While attending Marquette University
Engineering, he also studied at Milwaukee Jazz Conservatory,
honing his licks. Andy and Tom started playing together as members
of their very first garage band as mere teeagers and have been
in a variety of music projects together for over 20 years along
with drummer Mike. Andy brings depth and versatility to Average
Joe. He also carves a mean turkey...
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Biordi, Lead and Background vocals, Guitars.
Average Joe with Gino in 2001.
past includes being a cofounder of Midwest recording artist,
Phoenix, who performed extensively throughout Chicagoland and
the Midwest through the 80ís and 90ís. As member of Phoenix,
John opened for and performed with a multitude of Midwest stars
such as Commander Cody, Corky Seagal, Heartsfield and Jump in
the Saddle band. John, a singer, songwriter and guitarist has
written, recorded and performed scores of original songs throughout
his career and is currently (for the past many years...) continuing
with recording projects..
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Cuz Patrick Sullivan, Vocals, drums, percussion, guitar
much of the time in 2003 helping the band run sound, transporting
equipment, fixing stuff and providing a multitude of additional
greatly appreciated (and needed) aid to the band...Cuz dusted
off his drums during the winter of 2003-2004 when the band was
suddenly in need of a drummer. After knocking off the rust that
long winter be began filling in for gigs during the summer of
2004. Cuz performed with excellence and has been a permanent
Joe member ever since contributing lead and backround vocals,
percussion, guitar and drums.
Gino Fontana, drums, percussion, guitar, vocals
Gino co-founded Average Joe in 2001 with John. Gino left band in 2003 to tour (with another band...), and a few years later took some time off for family obligations. Gino is now back as first string drummer of Average Joe. Welcome back Gino!
Gino has been playing drums since he was taught how to play Green Onions at age 6 by his father (as legend has it) and has had a long and successful drumming career performing with many Chicagoland's top acts.
Thompson, Drums, vocals, percussion, guitar.
the Average Joe line-up as the band's drummer in late 2004-2010, departing from the first string to focus on his other performing acts including Mistaken Identity (MID). Once a Joe always a Joe, Mike continues to fill-in at drums with AJB when possible.
drumming in grade school because it was the loudest instrument
he could think of. Surprisingly, with much family support, Mike
drums and percussion under several top Chicago area musicians
while playing with the local rock band 'Black Amber'. In Milwaukee,
Mike's musical adventures
continued as founding member of pop-smash 'Sector Q' and classic
sensation 'Homegrown' (with fellow Ave. Joe band mate Andy Banathy).
home, Mike has been kicking it out with Chicago recording artist
Identity' for the past 20 years. One of his greatest thrills
for the classic rock band "Chicago" on four occasions,
performances at the Rosemont Theater and the Star Plaza in Merrillville.
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