Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band

Why book Johnny Russler & The Beach Bum Band?

Johnny Russler & the Beach Bum Band combine the tropical sounds of Caribbean rock, reggae, and calypso by pouring great original music along with songs by Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Zac Brown Band, Paul Simon, Sublime, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many more into a musical blender to create a strong concoction direct from the lower latitudes!

From steel pans to strong percussion, to driving bass and skanking guitars, the Beach Bum Band has a fun and danceable sound that appeals to all ages.

The Beach Bum Band appeals to Parrotheads and non-Parrotheads everywhere!


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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 180 minutes
  • Fee: $1500 and up
  • Languages: English


We typically do a 3 hour show (2 x 90 min sets) with a short break in between sets. We are capable of providing sound and lighting for our setup. Our full band arrangement is a 7-piece band, we often interact with the crowd (yes, sometimes you might become part of the show). But certainly expect lots of covers as well as our own original music.

Additional Booking Notes

We can provide our own lighting and sound if needed. We typically request 2 separate circuits (15-20 amps each) for the band alone, then an extra circuit for lighting (if needed). Stage area must be a flat, hard, level surface capable of fitting 7- band members. 25 foot x 15 foot or greater. Surface must be a solid surface (i.e. must not be dirt, grass, sand, etc). We do request an alternate site in the event of potential rain. We also request decent shade as Steel Drums and other instruments may detune in extreme heat.

Past Booked Events

08/20/11 Blarney Island, Antioch, IL
07/30/11 Navy Pier Beer Garden Stage, Chicago, IL
07/28/11 Roselle Park District, Roselle, IL
07/27/11 Usher Park, Itasca, IL
07/24/11 Centennial Beach, Naperville, IL
07/23/11 Private Party
07/16/11 Spikes Beach Grill, Warsaw, IN
07/10/11 Algonquin Commons, Algonquin, IL
07/04/11 Orland Park 4th of July Festival, Orland Park, IL
07/03/11 Bartlett 4th of July Festival, Bartlett, IL

The team providing the talent:

Johnny Russler

Vocals, Lead Guitar

Ian Roque

Vocals, Guitar

Tyler Smith

Vocals, Steel Drum, Percussion

Tom Rucker

Vocals, Bass Guitar, Percussion

Joe McKee

Congas, Timbales, Percussion

Jeff Hatzer


Michael Shehan

Guitar, Vocals

Influences & Inspiration

Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Zac Brown Band, Warren Zevon, Kenny Chesney, Rolling Stones, IZ, Jack Johnson, Beach Boys, Jason Mraz, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ziggy Marley, Harry Belafonte, etc.

Setup Requirements

2-3 separate circuits (roughly 20-30 Amps each). 3-4 separate circuits for evening performances (or where lighting is required)

25 foot deep x 30 foot wide stage area on a flat surface