Jamie Kelli Band was formed in 2013 by husband and wife duo Greg and Jamie Kellicut. They were originally spending their weekends touring the local and state music scene with their respective bands. Together they began a side project, the acoustic group - Gypsies In The Palace performing originals with classic rock, country and pop covers. They also wanted to start a new plugged in music project which became the Jamie Kelli Band. They began to call on some of Wisconsin's most talented and in some cases award winning musicians to take on the road. Any lineup of these musicians allows the Jamie Kelli Band to virtually perform any genre of music they choose. They are honored to share these musician's talents on stage to perform at venues in Wisconsin and around the country. One newcomer to the band is Jamie's youngest daughter who has become the groups background vocalist.
Jamie's Road to the Jamie Kelli Band
Jamie made her debut to the Milwaukee music scene in early 2007 when she joined the Milwaukee-based WAMI award-winning blues band - Hounds Tooth. During this time she was voted Best Female Vocalist in the Shepherd Express Best of 2007. Jamie is also an alumnus of Chick Singer Night, America’s longest-running singer showcase, where she performed her songs with house bands in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York. In 2008, she sang the national anthem for the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park and also performed for Women In Music, a female fronted acoustic series. In early 2009, she was a featured artist (backed by Hounds Tooth) at the Madison Blues Society's Wild Women of the Blues. Jamie left Hounds Tooth to form the blues rock band - October Soul touring Wisconsin and the Midwest. October Soul toured Wisconsin for a few years and at the NAMA (Native American Music Awards) in New York - won the 2011 NAMA for Debut Group of the Year. Jamie was also nominated by NAMA for Songwriter of the Year.
Greg's Road to JKB
Greg is a self taught percussionist from the beginning. He started his musical percussion journey at a very young age building homemade hand percussion - drum kit from whatever materials he could find. His musical heritage goes back many generations of family musicians, which also includes his brother and late father - both professional guitar instrumentalists. Greg's first time playing drums on stage was with his father's country band as a teenager. His music journey continued being invited on stage to add his hand percussion sound and sometimes rocking the drum kit with bands at music fests throughout the state. After a decades long sabbatical from drums which included coaching his daughters in fast pitch, Greg picked up the sticks again and began his professional career drumming the classic rock sounds with the band Loose Change. His percussion influences are many as with the Latin percussion of Santana to the drummers who inspired him to play drums and keep playing - Buddy Rich, John Bonham and Neil Peart - just to name a few.
The Musicians ( Friends & Family who help us along the way)
Guitars: Dan Johnston, Joe Barborich, Joe Gorman, Ann Rakowiecki, Stan Kellicut, Harold Hill
Bass: Rhonda Lucas, Les Stanley, In Memoriam: Ben Kostich
Keyboard: Sam Steffke, Kostia Efimov
Saxophones: Warren Wiegratz
Background Vocals: Dakota Brace