Warm Weather Cruise
Skipper Michael Drake sets sail
Drake, a trumpet player, is no slouch on his instrument. The onetime spokesman for Getzen trumpets became known as early as the ’70s for his proficiency in a variety of Latin and fusion settings. Since then, he’s become a prolific recording artist and songwriter, releasing no less than eight CDs. He has also cultivated an easy shtick as an entertainer, a trouper determined to raise a smile from audiences that raise their plastic cups of beer in return. Drake has become an outdoor festival and private summer party monster, his sunny disposition as warm as the season’s weather.
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recently, Drake spent the winter months working the resorts of the Caribbean
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Along with the don’t worry, be happy sound of the No Tan Lines Band, Drake plays straight jazz on other occasions, conducts music clinics and workshops and is developing an exercise DVD to the beat of his music. He’s even begun writing children’s books in cleverly wrought verse. “Creativity—the destination is always around the corner. I’m always hungry for something else,” he says.
The No Tan Lines Band performs 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, May 24, on the Iroquois. Tickets are $22. For more information, call (414) 294-9450 or email@example.com.