Pete Downes


Vocalist, Vocalist - Soprano, Drums, Other Percussion, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano.


Currently writing and recording with, Dan Dirvin, and Lisa Lograsso.
We are looking for a add a keyboard/guitarist/vocalist or a keys/sax/vocalist player. Our sound is prog/funk, but we'd like to add a Fleetwood Mac-esque soundscape to our brand. To that end we would prefer to add another female vocalist who can also contribute on boards or guitar. Common elements that will be possessed by anyone interested in collaborating with us will be 1) An adventurous and colorful personality 2) An eagerness to be creative on more than one level, in addition to music. Ideally that would include being in front of a camera, but might also include web development, video or audio production, graphic design or animation 3) Mature sensibilities.

Previous experience detailed below:

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Peter M. Downes
Objective To join with new musicians who are accomplished, have mature egos and sensibilities, and want to create music and video that appeals to a large audience, both through performance and media production.
2016 – present Hyper Jive Roselle, IL
2010 – 2015 Moon Dragon Roselle, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Released two Full-length CDs “Moon Dragon” (2012) and the “In Cod We Trust” (2014).
- Produced Moon Dragon movie and music video.
2002 – 2009 God Wafer Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Released two Full-length CDs “Music for Heathens” (2005) and the “The Host with the Most” (2003).
- Received stellar review from Michael O’Cull of the Illinois Entertainer
- Licensed three songs to the Discovery Channel series “Urban Explorers”
- Performed at Peace Fest 2 years in a row (2004 – 2005).
2007 - 2008 Woody Wagon Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Performed numerous all-improv performances (music and lyrics) at the Gallery Cabaret and Weed’s. Did professional recordings and video-taped from multiple vantage points.
- Used Final Cut Pro to combine mastered mixdowns with the video imports to create professional A/V productions.
1999 - 2002 Kentucky Jelly Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Released three full-length CDs “Milk of Amnesia” (2009), “Heavebucket” (2003), and “Cold-fusion Winniebago” (1999).
- New Dude Parlor (from Cold Fusion Winniebago) featured on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic.
- Opening Friday Night performance at Chicago’s Double Door for Pere Ubu (2000)
1996 - 2001 Hit Machine Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Fronted 70’s tribute band performing countless club, casino, festival, and corporate events.
- Performed 1999 New Year’s Eve show at the North Beach Bar for over 2000 people.
- Effectively managed 1st line band members and their substitutes.
1993–1997 Food Chain Chicago, IL
Lead Vocalist/Lead Guitar
- Performed Freefest on Chicago’s Cricket Hill 3 years in row (1994 – 1996)
- Invited to participate on Freefest selection committee (1995)
- Included on Chicago compilation CD “Wrong Side of the Tracks” (1994)
- Released full length CD “Live at the Loft” (1996)
1996-2000 Bigger Than Huge Studios Chicago, IL
Sole Proprietor: Engineer & Producer
- Built state-of-the-art music recording studio.
- Developed business plan to compete successfully in the Chicago market.
- Recorded albums for more than 50 area artists.
- Provided Sound Production Services for Music Clients.
- Produced soundtrack material for Discovery Channel series Urban Explorers.
Education 1983–1989 Michigan State University East Lansing, MI
- B.S., Employment Relations, Anthropology, and Psychology.
Interests Running, weight lifting, biking, fishing, camping, computers.

Screen name:
Pete Downes
Member since:
Jun 28 2009
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
Most available:


Talking Heads, King Crimson, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Adrian Belew, Frank Zappa, Peter Gabriel, Royal Fingerbowl.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist - Baritone:
Rhythm Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Other Percussion:


PRS CE24, Epiphone, Godin, Les Paul, Hughes & Kettner, Fractal Ax8, TC Helicon comprise my main performing rig. I also have a complete Recording Studio capable of producing professional audio and video (Digital Performer, Final Cut Pro, Presonus Firestudio, Digitamax LT, D-112, E-200, C-1000, 57s).