South Side Joe


Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Mandolin, Trombone.


I'm a 40-something suburban dad who used to play bass in bands and I'm looking to get back in the game, preferably playing in a cover band. If you can think of a safe way to get things going during a pandemic, I'm all ears.

The last band I was in released three albums, played all over Chicago, toured a bit, and even got to perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. With the same bunch of guys, we started a cover band on the side, playing a wide variety of stuff (Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, Nirvana, Radiohead, Modest Mouse, etc).

Unfortunately, things ended suddenly in 2008 when our main singer/songwriter/guitarist was killed in a hit-and-run car accident while walking his dog. Since then I've gotten married, had kids, and all that fun stuff. I'm at a point where I'd really like to start playing in a band again.

I have all pro gear and reliable transportation. I quit smoking a long time ago and I no longer do drugs or drink to excess.

Screen name:
South Side Joe
Member since:
Mar 17 2019
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:


R.E.M., Wilco, The Beatles, Tom Waits, Nirvana, Pavement, Weezer, PJ Harvey, Toots & The Maytalls, The Pixies, The Specials, Belle And Sebastian, The English Beat, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Radiohead, Cheap Trick, Fleetwood Mac, Elvis Costello, Madness, Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Clash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, NOFX, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Bob Dylan, The Decemberists, Fishbone, Dropkick Murphys, Television, Liz Phair, Ween, They Might Be Giants, Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters.

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:


Ampeg BA-115 amp, Fender P-bass, Fender Electric/Acoustic bass, Big Muff Bass distortion pedal. But I'm looking for an excuse to upgrade. :)