Frikus is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and bassist from Kansas City, MO. He performs as a solo act or with his band The Hooligans, combining elements of Blues, Soul, Reggae, and Calypso.
John Frikus Welch has played guitar and bass for over 20 years. He was part of the Kansas City music scene in the 1990s as a founding member of the popular alternative rock act MOP and the folk, pop band Holly's Fault. In 1997 he moved to Colorado where he toured the Western United States with the 8-piece busta-music dance sensation Jyemo and the Extended Family.
While living in Colorado, John also performed with several bands across many genres; roots rock reggae with Natural Kingdom, Selasee and the Fafa Family, Jubal Thompson and the Rude Boys; afro-beat with Zivanai Masango from Zimbabwe, Afro Fiesta from the Congo and Ghanaian Talking Drum Master Mohamed Alidu; rock-ska with Full Belly; and Latin jazz with Onda. He also put together his own band; the Hooligans with fellow Jyemo alumni Jonny Jyemo and Matt Wasowski.
John has performed all across the US. A short list of festivals includes: Oregon Country Fair, Telluride Film Festival, Boulder Creek Festival, Carbondale Mountain Fair, Reggae on the Mesa, Soul Rebel Festival, and Kansas City Spirit Fest. He has played in such renowned venues as the Fox Theatre in Boulder CO, The Paramount Theater in Denver CO, and The Boom Boom Room in San Francisco CA.
He has shared the stage with the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Charlie Musselwhite, Michael Travis from the String Cheese Incident, Sublime, and Jamaican favorites Culture with Joseph Hill.
Frikus currently resides in his hometown of Kansas City, teaching and producing music in his Northland studio. Frikus also travels from Los Angeles to Accra as the bassist for Mohamed Alidu and The Bizung Family band. He regularly plays guitar with Kansas City reggae legends AZ-One featuring the heavy dub bass of Elisha Israel.