Joe has been jamming in the Chicago music scene for years. Some of Joe’s first “professional” musical experiences included playing guitar in the aspiring young bands Xcettra and Slander fronted by none other than Hi Infidelity vocalist, Dave Mikulskis, way back in high school and into the early 90’s! Joe and Dave reconnected and, decades later, they’re sharing a stage again!
Joe’s musical journey has included stints in various cover bands including Naked Mile, along with some hired-gun, studio work, but most of his career has been spent writing tunes in original projects (with a stack of CDs to prove it). Joe was a founding member of Violet Sin which enjoyed airplay on WVVX back in the 90’s and was also lead guitarist in Plato’s Republic.
Before joining Hi Infidelity, Joe was sharing lead guitar duties with Steve Esteban (High Speed Dirt) in Bad Boys, the popular south-side based WhiteSnake tribute band.
Main guitar hero influences include Clapton, Hendrix, Page, EVH, Lukather, Schon, Santana, Rhoads, Schenker, Sykes, and Ace Frehley. Outside of music, Joe enjoys family time with his wife Susan, sons Ryan and Matthew, and his daughter Natosha. Joe also loves cruising on his Harley and listening to classic rock (on vinyl).