Broken Monday is a four-piece rock ‘n roll band based in Richmond, Virginia available for bar & club gigs, weddings, corporate events, and private functions. Their already robust and eclectic repertoire is always expanding. Not satisfied just playing rock and classic rock, Broken Monday’s setlist includes the best country, blues, dance, and funk tunes. If it gets feet on the floor and hands in the air, they’ll play it.
Mike was born and raised in Richmond, VA/B.F.E. He has always had a love for music and has been playing guitar and singing since the age of 15. In his free time, Mike likes to hang out with friends and family, have a nice glass of red wine, and not to mention a good cup of coffee.
“You know, there is nothing better than a good cup of coffee to warm the body, a pretty girl to relax the eyes, and a Marshall amp cranked on 10 to soothe the soul.”
Inspired by watching his father play acoustic blues guitar, Bill started taking guitar lessons at the ripe age of 7. However, after being forced by his instructor to play songs like “When the Saints Go Marching In” he soon put his guitar to the side to do “more important things” like pretending to be Luke Skywalker battling the evil Darth Vader. After a couple of years of buying some pretty awful disco records, Bill discovered the Beatles and the Stones and picked up his guitar again to craft some “classic tunes” with the 3 chords he learned a few years prior. Soon he learned that those 3 chords weren’t getting him very far, so he opted to take guitar lessons again. However, after 3 lessons and learning Stairway To Heaven, his tutorials were again cut short when his instructor was bit by a rattlesnake he was handling during a drunken party. Bill then set out to teach himself and somehow learned to play Van Halen’s Eruption by repeatedly moving the needle of his turntable back to catch every note. It was a painstaking experience, but as a geeky freshman in high school, he had nothing better to do. A year later, at the age of 15, Bill started his first band and has since played with various not so memorable bands in Richmond including Shattered Glass, Machine, Groove Spot and others that he can’t recall. While he was unable to attract legions of women like most of his guitar heroes, he was lucky enough to find his future wife, Lynda, during his rock n roll heyday. Today, Bill enjoys spending his time with Lynda, their 3 boys and rocking out with Broken Monday.
Bill began playing music in 1997 when a good friend of his put a bass guitar in his hands, and he has been hooked ever since. From there he joined an established Classic Rock band ‘Iron Horse’ and also helped form an Alt/Rock band called ‘Wonderground’. While continuing to play with the latter band, Bill came across a group of solid musicians looking for a bass player and after 1 tryout; they decided to bring him aboard. Some of Bill’s musical influences include The Cure, The Smiths, Crowded House, The Squeeze, and just about anything The Eagles have ever done. After 13 years of playing music, he finds that nothing is more satisfying than seeing people enjoy and appreciate music from a live band, and he is quite confident that Broken Monday will be providing that same enjoyment to the Richmond area for years to come.
Jeff grew up in New York where he started bashing on a snare drum at the age of eight. His parents hooked him up with a Pearl World Series kit for his Bar Mitzvah and it is still the kit he plays today. He studied drums and engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and has played in many different bands over the years all over the northeast. After school, Jeff lived in New York City for seven years drumming and engineering. His last engineering gig in NYC was at Jazz at Lincoln Center with XM radio where he worked with some amazing artists including Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Santana, U2, Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Sting. That was an exciting time for him, but Jeff is really looking forward to a mellower, down home, Richmond existence playing with Broken Monday boys.