Mike Risko has been an avid guitarist since the age of 13, developing a reputation as a highly skilled and versatile musician. He has played thousands of gigs with various bands across the East Coast, including touring and recording albums with Opium for the Masses, produced by David Krebs and Jack Douglas.
Alongside Miriam, he co-founded the band Lucy's Frantic and later established the Mike Risko Band in 2005. Mike is a sought-after guitar instructor in Westchester County, where he is the founder of Mike Risko Music and has authored five instructional books that are used at the school. He has also lent his musical talents to soundtracks and commercials. Mike has performed large shows including South Street Seaport Z-100 Event for New Years Eve and July 4th. He has performed at Tarrytown Music Hall, opening for Edgar Winter. He has also opened for Gilby Clark from Guns N Roses in Wallingford Ct. He has done shows at the Bitter End, Speak Easy, Sullivans, Kenny's Castaways, Nightinggales and the NY State College Circuit.
Miriam Risko, Vocals
Miriam has nurtured a lifelong passion for singing, starting at an early age when she was inspired by musical theater. She honed her skills through classical and musical theater voice lessons and was a participant in the renowned Aaron Copland Music and Arts Program. During her college years, she continued to study voice while pursuing a degree in communication with a minor in theater.
Since 1990, she has been a professional musician, performing as the front person for various bands in the Hudson Valley and playing thousands of shows. In 1997, she and Mike formed the band Lucy's Frantic and played at significant events such as Z-100's New Year's Eve at South Street Seaport and the 4th of July. In addition to her singing career, Miriam is also a skilled voice coach specializing in contemporary voice, and a director of musical theater productions at Mike Risko Music. She has received recognition for her business acumen, earning the 914 Inc 2021 Women in Business award.
Miriam has been featured in several national publications, including the Women's International Music Network's "Front and Center" and Music and Sound Retailer, for her singing abilities and business savvy. Throughout the years, she has had the honor of singing the national anthem at many significant events in the Westchester community. Miriam and Mike are often a speakers at the National Association of Music Merchants Trade Shows.
Melissa Miser, Vocals Melissa Miser, Vocals
Larry Baskind, BassDr. Larry Basking, Bass
Erik D Perez
Erik D. Perez is a native New Yorker with 40 years of experience as both a player (live and studio) and instructor. He always felt drawn to the rhythm section.
Erik began playing drums at age 11 for his church choir. He studied with Robert Brown and Peter Metranga. Through the years, Erik explored various styles of music such as gospel, funk, R&B, jazz, pop, rock, world, and Latin.
He continues to play in the tri-state area with various groups and singer-songwriters. Erik enjoys helping students discover a passion for music through drumming.
Venues where he has played include: Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Hard Rock Café in Orlando, Florida, Darryl's House, BB King's in Memphis, JVC Jazz Festival in Hartford, Connecticut, and Café Wha in NYC.
(I love music and enjoy making music with my friends. MRB)