A singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music educator, Cheeks McGee has made a name for himself across the country by performing his unique one-man live show in veunes across the nation. What makes him so different and stand out from other musicians is how incorporates his trumpet skills in his live show. He has played trumpet since the age of 10 and that is where he got the name "Cheeks." (Watching childhood hero Dizzy Gillespie puff his cheeks out!) Though Cheeks primarly tours as a solo one man band show he frequently sits in with touring bands and jams on trumpet with them.
Cheeks McGee's music is based around acoustic rock but combines elements of blues, jazz, alternative rock, reggae, electronica/dance, funk, and other assorted genres. He is often described as a 'one-man jam-band' due to his frequent use of live phrase looping with multiple instruments.
Cheeks live shows feature him solo on-stage with a boss pedal looping unit, and he creates his backing loops in the moment, building layers of music like cake. He then adds percussive patterns by either hitting his guitar or making unique sounds with his mouth to personify the illusion of having a drummer and bass player. After he has built "the loop" he will then sing, and throw down some wicked solos with his trusty sidekick...the trumpet!
A native of Northeast Missouri and graduating with a music education degree from a private liberal arts college Cheeks juggles his time educating the youth of america teaching instrumental music at a Missouri HS by day and performing music by night!! During the summers Cheeks spends 3 months on the road touring relentlessly from coast to coast bringing his fun-loving personality and one man show to the masses.
Each summer Cheeks goes on a NATIONWIDE TOUR that usually expands across the Country from coast to coast and includeds 30 live performances or more in a given summer. Cheeks has played the SUMMER CAMP MUSIC FESTIVAL in Chillicothe IL two times playing along side musicians such as Keller WIlliams, Moe, Umphrees McGee, The Avett Brothers and more.
Cheeks genre is so unique and different he has opened for several different genre of musicians. In years past he was asked to open up back to back nights for Mr. Bret Michaels on his "Roses and Thorns World Tour" then two weeks later was asked to open for Safetysuit when they passed through town on their college tour. (Safetysuit is best known for their single "Stay" which topped at #1 on VH1's Top 20 Countdown.
NATIONAL TOURING BANDS/MUSICIANS that CHEEKS McGEE has opened for:
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Reverend Horton Heat
JJ GREY & MOFRO
Lucky Boys Confusion
Red Wanting Blue
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