An energetic entertainer with "the keyboard style of Jerry Lee Lewis, and vocals that recall Tom Waits and Warren Zevon," according to the Windy City Times.
Available solo, with 6-piece brass band, and anything in between! Fully scalable to any size event.
Mike is wild and wooly, and always exciting. Old songs will seem like something you'e never heard before, and you won't want to wait to hear his new songs again. He played for our group at a too-large room, but he still made it intimate. He also checked out the room before the event so he knew what sound system to bring, and took the time to check another location for the band I had booked for a few days later, so they could be prepared.
Mike is the best.
Communicated promptly before my event, arrived on time and set up quickly, and was the perfect volume for background music while also being entertaining for those who were paying attention to the music. Has an original style and puts his spin on requests.
... and he grew up big and strong and loud. Mike's growl goes deep into the music and sets its spirit free. He can do blues, jazz, the Great American Song Book - if he does not know a song you request, he'll look it up on his phone and perform it like he's done it every day. His "Hallelujah" will make you weep.
Here is a haiku I wrote for Mike, when he was a regular at my local music spot:
fists abuse the piano
What to Expect
I am a professional musician; I am prepared, polite, punctual, and I play to the room.
As a pianist, I have a fantastic-sounding keyboard. My setup is just as compact and easily manageable as a guitar player. If there is a piano available at your venue, I will always check with the venue to ensure that the piano is in tune, and I bring my keyboard as a backup just in case.
I can provide a PA for small to mid-size events.
You can see my videos and photos for examples of me playing solo as well as with my band. Depending on your event and budget I can play solo, or bring a six-piece band including a horn section - and anywhere in between! I have over a decade of experience playing all kinds of events, so with just a quick conversation we can determine the appropriate set up for your event.
Mike Maimone is a piano-playing singer/songwriter based in Chicago. He has averaged over 100 tour dates each year since 2007, primarily as a solo artists and with his band Mutts, as well as on keyboards for Company of Thieves and Los Colognes. He has toured in support of Murder By Death, The Hold Steady, OK Go, and Blues Traveler among others, played Lollapalooza, Sasquatch, Riot Fest, and at notable venues across the country, from The Fillmore in San Francisco to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York.
His unique style and voice are reminiscent of piano-playing troubadours like Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, and Randy Newman. Vern Hester of the Windy City Times says Mike Maimone “has the keyboard style of Fats Waller and Jerry Lee Lewis combined, and a vocal style that clearly recalls Tom Waits and Warren Zevon.”
An entertaining performer at any type of venue, the veteran piano man has honed his craft and built up his repertoire with over a decade of bar shows, restaurant gigs, and corporate events. He is equally comfortable providing pleasant background music as he is fronting a band on a big stage at a festival. Choose Chicago says, “He plays the piano with his feet... He shouts and howls. He is an unstoppable music force.”
Maimone released his solo debut LP Open Mic Nights, Empty Bottle Mornings in 2008 on his micro-label 8eat8 Records. Forming his rock trio Mutts along with bassist Bob Buckstaff in 2009, the prolific songwriter has written and released 6 albums and 6 EPs in the past decade. Sean Moeller of Daytotter says his songwriting "embraces the inner turmoil, the things that are striven for, the ways that we fall short, the ways we’re let down, as well as the few things that spark us back onto the right track, even if those are the rare moments, the briefest of comebacks.”
In his own words, Maimone says, “My songs are born from a life of contradictions.” Growing up in conservative rural Ohio, he didn’t come out of the closet fully until age 30. He was an all-state athlete in high school, even played against LeBron James, while having a deep appreciation and love for writing and the arts. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame business school, but quickly walked away from corporate America to focus on music. From these experiences Maimone has published nearly 100 songs that are as diverse as his life has been. For example “God, Country, Grave” appeared in the adult Cinemax show Banshee, and on the other hand, “Let’s Go” was broadcast in the “Friendly Confines” of Wrigley Field. Each Mutts album charted on CMJ, over a dozen of his songs have been spun on WXRT Chicago’s Finest Rock, with Mutts making the local best-of list twice.
Maimone’s latest release is a solo effort, The High Hat Club EP. The 5th Mutts LP is due out in May 2019 on 8eat8 / Romanus Records, and Maimone’s full-length solo album is set for late 2019.
Mike Maimone endorses Nord keyboards, who chose him to perform at their NAMM exhibition in 2018.
Additional Booking Notes
For most events I can provide and run a PA, and all I need to perform are my keyboard and a microphone, so all I need is a reliable power source and about 6ft by 8ft of space. I'm easy!
Influences & Inspiration
Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Dr. John, Fiona Apple, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Regina Spektor, Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Adelle, Professor Longhair, Otis Spann, Cab Calloway.