Mike Dillon (musician)
Mike "Tree Frog" Dillon
|Origin||Texas, Kansas City, New Orleans|
|Instruments||Percussion, vibraphone, drums|
|Labels||Hyena, Indie, Ropeadope|
|Associated acts||Critters Buggin, Les Claypool, Ani DiFranco, Stanton Moore, Brave Combo, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Marco Benevento, Ten Hands, Billy Goat, Hairy Apes BMX|
Mike Dillon (aka Mike D) is a percussionist, vibraphonist, bandleader, vocalist and songwriter born in San Antonio, Texas. He is a member of Critters Buggin, Les Claypool's Fancy Band and Garage A Trois. He has performed with many musicians including Ani DiFranco, Galactic, Brave Combo, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Marco Benevento and New Orleans musicians Kevin O'Day, Johnny Vidacovich and James Singleton. Dillon also performed in the 80's with local Dallas and Denton favorites Ten Hands.
In 2006 Dillon started a funky project "Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle" which included members of Billy Goat, drummer Go-Go Ray, and bassist, J.J. Jungle. The live Go-Go Jungle also performs songs from Dillon's prior projects. They released their second CD entitled Rock Star Bench Press in 2009.
Dillon contributed the majority of compositions to Garage A Trois' Power Patriot CD released in 2009.
Dillon and saxophonist Skerik perform as a trio called "The Dead Kenny G's" with alternate third members. National tours have included keyboardist Brian Haas and bassist Brad Houser. With Houser they have also toured as "Critters Buggin Trio". They released a CD entitled Bewildered Herd in 2009. As a trio with bassist James Singleton, Dillon and Skerik have toured as "Illuminasti" and as a trio with Les Claypool they have been billed as "The Fancy Trio".
Dillon resides in New Orleans, Louisiana, but a busy touring schedule keeps him on the road much of the time.
- Black Frames Solarallergy (2002)
- Mike Dillon (2003)
- Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle Battery Milk (2007)
- The Dead Kenny G's Bewildered Herd (2009)
- Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle Rock Star Bench Press (2009)
- Mike Dillon and Earl Harvin People Gardens (2010 - recorded 2005)
- Mike Dillon "Urn" (25 September 2012)
See also discographies
- Marco Benevento Live at Tonic (2007)
- Les Claypool Of Fungi and Foe (2009)
- Les Claypool Of Whales and Woe (2006)
- Les Claypool Purple Onion (2002)
- Ani DiFranco Red Letter Year (2008)
- Ani DiFranco Canon (2007)
- Ten Hands (band) Kung Fu ... That's What I Like (1988)
- Ten Hands (band) The Big One Is Coming (1989)
- Ten Hands (band) The Big One That Got Away (1996)
- Tom D'Antoni Dead Kenny G’s at the Goodfoot with David Ornette Cherry oregonmusicnews.com, October 20, 2009
- Keith Spera Garage A Trois ranges from lounge jazz to prog-rock on a new CD nola.com, November 13, 2009
- Interview at The Pitch, J.J. Hensley, August 2000 - focus on Hairy Apes BMX and Billy Goat
- Interview at Jambase, Dennis Cook, 2002
- Interview at The Pitch, Mike Warren, 2007 - focus on Go-Go Jungle