Booking gigs for 2011, Wineries, weddings, corporate events, fund raisers, bike runs, private parties, festivals etc...
Based out of Pismo Beach, CA, MGB is best described as a fun, powerhouse, wide variety ROCK band, pooling polished Acoustic to Electra-fried renditions of well known artists through the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000+ . Covering everything from Alternative, Blues, Contemporary, Country, Disco, Funk, Progressive, hues of Metal, R&B, Rock and beyond. They have a great feel for delivering what any audience wants to hear. A group of seasoned pro players that have graced the stage opening for many well known artists such as; Robin Trower, Blue Oyster Cult, Quiet Riot, Thin Lizzy, Billy Idol, Chuck Mangione, Alan Holdsworth, Joe Perry Project, as well as sharing the stage performing with legendary guitar icon “Ronnie Montrose”.
The band formed in 2002 under the name of “Mean Gene and the Portable Jon's”, given 3 Jon's in the band. As years passed and “Jon's” entered or exited the band “Gene” remained the consistent player and the name changed in 2009 to “MGB” Mean Gene Band. We have dubbed the evolution as“UQM” a “University of Quality Musicians” meaning the band has always been well known and respected for having great players/singers so the audience always gets an excelled musical experience.
Catering to the audience, entertaining to all age groups, MGB can tailor a show to that of the majority. The perfect band for Fundraisers, Bike Runs, Weddings, Birthdays, Festivals, Wineries, Corporate events, to packing that dance floor for a very memorable night and always asked for return shows.
Gene Baker – Guitar/Vocals
Founder, front man and driving force behind the MGB motorcade. Dubbed “Mean Gene” in his teens for his energy fueled rippin guitar playing coupled with a strong vocal approach, all which contradict his modest/humble off stage persona. “86” Musicians Institute of Technology graduate, world renown as the designer/luthier of “b3” custom guitars via their company “Premier Builders Guild” having worked for both Gibson and Fender Custom Shops. 1990 Author of “Mean Gene's Insane Lead Guitar” instruction DVD/manual with multiple Guitar Competition titles under his belt. Guitar enthusiasts know him well.
Jon Dittman – Drums/Vocals
Long time native to the Central Coast and well known as one of the best in the area for solid powerful drums. Gene and Jon have played in bands together since their mid teens traveling the states doing what they do best. Well rounded vocalist that adds a nice variety to the bands musical journey.
Johnny Punches – Bass/Vocals
A Central Coast Native of SLO, Moved to LA/Hollywood in the 90's to explore the music industry. Performing live at venues such as The Roxy, Gazzarriis, The Whiskey, The Troubadour, Hotel Roosevelt for CBS, and the LA Music Awards in 2007 as well as Hours of studio time with some of the best in the industry. JP is a local favorite bassist and hired gun for a variety of bands including, Led Zeppelin tributes to Ronnie Montrose, to unplugged acoustic shows. With a solid versatile playing style, along with vocal harmonies, John holds the rhythm together.
Mike Barry – Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals
Detroit native, Mike started playing music in Nashville progressing to sessions as a player and assistant engineer in top recording studios while fronting a hot power trio on vocals, guitar, keyboards and violin prior to his 21st birthday. Made the move to CA and has been rocking successful bands ever since. Currently producing/engineering his second solo CD. Watch for an upcoming MGB original project!
MGB In summary, we LOVE to travel and share what we do with all we meet. With California being our travel zone, if you need a great band then were ready to roll.