I've always thought that in order for music to heard, it has to be felt. That's what the bass is for.”

— Mike Zabrin

Mike Zabrin

   All of 26 years old, Mike Zabrin is already considered to be a bass phenom, featured in Bass Player Magazine, No Treble Magazine, and WGN to name a few. Mike grew up touring across the United States with Chicago blues artists, playing behind some of the best names in blues music at places like Allstate Arena, House of Blues, Chicago Blues Festival, and Bonita Springs Blues Festival.

   In May 2014, Mike left his nightly side-man club gigs to become producer and band leader of soul infused, funk driven powerhouse, Mike Zabrin’s Funktastic. His 2014 debut record, Funktastic, features collaborations with members of Kool & the Gang, Fishbone, and Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic. Opening for renowned artists like Fareed Haque, his energetic live shows along with his insanely talented musicians is what keeps MZF one of the most working funk bands in the Chicagoland area.

Outside of performing, Mike is the GM of School of Rock in Libertyville.

 

 

 

Laura Burke

Laura Burke is a singer, songwriter, producer in the Chicagoland area. She has been singing her entire life, recording and performing regularly throughout the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois State University where she majored in Arts Technology emphasizing in music.Featured on 2017 release, Something In The Water"Here We Go Again""Something In The Water""What Do We Call This?"Check out some of her original music on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/lauraburke-1

Laura Burke is a singer, songwriter, producer in the Chicagoland area. She has been singing her entire life, recording and performing regularly throughout the Chicagoland and surrounding areas. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Illinois State University where she majored in Arts Technology emphasizing in music.Featured on 2017 release, Something In The Water"Here We Go Again""Something In The Water""What Do We Call This?"Check out some of her original music on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/lauraburke-1

Alfonzo Jones

Alfonzo Jones' love of music specifically drums started in church watching and imitating every move and sound at the age of 3 years old. Once Alfonzo's mother and grandmother grew tired of finding damaged pots and pans, they placed a drum set in front of him and he has been going ever since. 

While in high school, under the tutelage of Phillip Crews, he gathered a wide range of influences including Dennis Chambers, Tony Williams, Carter Beauford, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb.

Throughout his career, Alfonzo has worked with many artists and musicians ranging from many genres of music. Aside from playing at Greater Tabernacle M.B. Church and Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church, Alfonzo can be seen touring with the show Darrian Ford presents:The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke, recording and touring with LBJ and Colour and the up and coming gospel group New Sound. 

The newest member of the band, Alfonzo has been touring with Mike Zabrin's Funktastic since July 2017!

Alfonzo Jones' love of music specifically drums started in church watching and imitating every move and sound at the age of 3 years old. Once Alfonzo's mother and grandmother grew tired of finding damaged pots and pans, they placed a drum set in front of him and he has been going ever since. 

While in high school, under the tutelage of Phillip Crews, he gathered a wide range of influences including Dennis Chambers, Tony Williams, Carter Beauford, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Cobb.

Throughout his career, Alfonzo has worked with many artists and musicians ranging from many genres of music. Aside from playing at Greater Tabernacle M.B. Church and Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church, Alfonzo can be seen touring with the show Darrian Ford presents:The Cooke Book: The Music of Sam Cooke, recording and touring with LBJ and Colour and the up and coming gospel group New Sound. 

The newest member of the band, Alfonzo has been touring with Mike Zabrin's Funktastic since July 2017!

Alysha Hodges

Bold, sensual vocalist Alysha, mesmerizes audiences with the sultry vocal stylings of jazz and soul music. Her endearing aura bewitches listeners into the essence of love, individuality and self-actualization. Surrounded my incredible musicians who strive to push their music to an innovative level, Alysha's creativity and originality continues to ascend upward. An experience with Alysha is striking, genuine and poignant.

Connor Bernhard

Connor Bernhard is a multi instrumentalist specializing in trumpet and guitar. He spent his youth studying with jazz masters and learning the history of our music. He  is an in demand as a player/composer for various styles of music and leads several original groups. 

Connor wrote and arranged horn lines for 2017 MZF release, "Something In The Water"

Connor Bernhard is a multi instrumentalist specializing in trumpet and guitar. He spent his youth studying with jazz masters and learning the history of our music. He  is an in demand as a player/composer for various styles of music and leads several original groups. 

Connor wrote and arranged horn lines for 2017 MZF release, "Something In The Water"