Jonny T-Bird & the MPs belt out a soulful mix of blues and originality. The MPs stands for MARINATED PUPPETS, which was the name of a band that a few of its members were a part of before they gave birth to this Milwaukee combo. Since 2009, their performances included some of southeastern Wisconsin's well-known venues (Miramar Theatre, Cactus Club, Up & Under, The Domes, etc.). The band’s founding members met while they were studying music at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). Their CD “Let’s Do This!” has been available for purchase since March 2013 and their newest release "True Story" has been available for purchase since June 2016. Jonny T-Bird & the MPs is also a proud member of the Grafton Blues Association.
Jon Neuberger (guitar/vocals) – The architect and bandleader of Jonny T-Bird & the MPs. Some say you have to be born with the blues to play the blues. That was the case when Jon was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at an early age. Known as the mild form of the autism spectrum. But that didn't stop Jon from picking up the guitar at the age of thirteen. Back then, Jon studied under two of Milwaukee’s guitar legends, Jeff Dagenhardt and Greg Koch. Jon was given the name JONNY T-BIRD while he was a student at Wauwatosa West High School and one of his teachers (Bob Bathurst) called him that name out of the blue. The more he did it, the more that name stuck. Jon was learning classic rock songs and played with various bands during his teenage years. While he went to college at both MATC and Carroll University, Jon finally decided to pursue his music into blues and jazz. Jon can also be found giving private guitar and bass lessons if he's not performing on stage.
"Cadillac" Craig Carter (bass/vocals) – Craig began his journey into the music world receiving his first bass guitar as a youngster. Craig excelled in his high school music program at West Division High school, while also joining his first band around the age 16. He later continued his studies in Instrumental performance at Berklee College of music in Boston, Massachusetts. Professionally trained in contemporary music Craig is able to play different genres of music from Blues, Reggae, Jazz and even Funk. He has played with bands such as the Misfits, Kojo Reggae Band, Wicked Long Day and many more. Craig's main interest is the Electric Bass Guitar and singing. He loves to put on a show while performing , which is how he received his nick name "Cadillac Craig" in the since that he's so smooth while playing on stage.
Anna Brinck (keys/vocals) – Ms. Anna Brinck is a veteran to the Milwaukee and Midwest music scene with her ticklin’ ivories ability. Lending her talents to The Elementals, The Best Westerns, Misha Siegfried, Dead Man’s Carnival and now Jonny T-Bird & the MPs. Influences ranging from Oscar Peterson, John Medeski, Tom Waits and Allen Toussaint is what’s to be expected when hearing Ms. Brinck’s playing. When she’s not on stage, Anna Brinck is teaching private piano lessons. Ms. Brinck is currently attending UWM studying for her Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering.
Robert Keelan (harmonica/vocals) - If there is such a thing as "the fifth MP", then it would have to be "Big Dad" Robert Keelan. A veteran to the Milwaukee blues scene. Robert started off as a drummer in his teenage years, before eventually switching to blues harmonica. Robert studied harmonica under two of Milwaukee's harp masters, Jim Liban & Steve Cohen. On rare occasions, Big Dad can be seen with Jonny T-Bird's side project, "JONNY T-BIRD & BIG DAD blues duo".
Marcus Gibbons (drums) - MG has toured and recorded with some of the biggest names in the US over the past 15 years of his professional career, including tours/gigs with Keyshia Cole, Aaron Moore, Tweed Funk, Harvey Scales, The Esquires and as part of BB King’s House Band in Memphis. Whether if he’s with the MPs or someone else, MG’s drumming style can lay down a funky groove, sit in the pocket, or hit hyper-drive with a flurry of fills and high-energy, mesmerizing drum solos.
Ben Hans (drums) - Ben Hans is a musician, music instructor, and Hal Leonard author who keeps a busy performance schedule throughout the Upper Midwest. In addition to leading his own jazz trio, Ben performs as a fill-in drummer for Jonny T-Bird & the MPs. He’s also performed with a number of rock, jazz, and blues artists such as Jack Grassel, Kip Winger, Chuck Hedges, Barry Harris, Scott DuBois, and Tallan “T-Man” Latz. You can find out more about Ben Hans through his website www.benhans.com.