Eric 'Baron' Behrenfeld

drums and percussion

live performance • recording • drum lessons

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I have performed on drums and recorded primarily around Chicagoland since the early 1990's with many different bands in a variety of musical genres. I consider myself primarily a Blues Drummer and I have a long history in Chicago playing many memorable gigs which I am deeply grateful for having had the opportunity to get to do them. I also enjoy playing drums in Surf Rock, Country, R&B and Swing bands.

I have also done some short tours back in the day around the greater midwest and Canada. Currently, I am performing, recording and teaching drums only in the Chicagoland area.
Please contact me for drum lessons, gigs, or recording dates by e-mail.


YouTube Videos with Baron

Chicagoland Bands I have performed for on DRUMKIT or PERCUSSION (most recent at top of list)

Cocktail Preachers

Shervin & the Tanin Band

Lamont "Harmonica" Harris
The Windy City Islanders
Bobby Shake & The Quake
Mark Z Band
Cook County Blues Band
Dawn O'Keefe Williams Band
Nick Laramie & the Wind Gypsies
Steve Ditzell & Blue Lightning
Woody Johnson Band
The Matz Brothers
Danny Noland & Blues Plus
Ronny & the Rockits
Stone Crazy




Blues Recording Artists I have perfomed live with on drumkit (listed alphabetically)


George "Wild Child Butler (Bulls Eye/Rounder)

Katherine Davis (Katy 'D' Records)

Sammy Fender (Blue Baron)

Les Getrex (SONO)

Liz Mandville Greeson (Earwig)

Tommy McCracken (Blue Baron)

John Primer (Telarc)

A.C. Reed (Alligator)

Carl Snyder (Lost World Music)

Andre Taylor (Kingston Mines Music)

James Wheeler (Delmark)

Emery Williams, Jr. (Cannonball)

Zora Young (Delmark)


Music Festivals I have performed at on drums or percussion

2015 - CATT Chicago Area Tiki Tour (Rosemont, IL) / Cocktail Preachers
2014 - 3rd Annual FONG FEST - Chef Shangri-la (Riverside, IL) / Cocktail Preachers
2014 - Super Slaytanic Bikini Luau 2 - Brauerhouse (Lombard, IL) / Cocktail Preachers
2014 - Highland Indiana Labor Day Fest / Cocktail Preachers
2012 - COYOTE FEST - Bucktown Arts & Music festival (Chicago) / Tiki Cowboys
2007 - WISCONSIN STATE FAIR / Janesville
2007 - NAPERVILLE RIBFEST / Janesville
2005 - MIDWEST UKE FEST (Indianapolis, IN) / The Windy City Islanders
2005 - EXOTICA (Berwyn, IL) / The Windy City Islanders
2004 - TASTE OF CHICAGO / Dawn Williams Band
2004 - CHICAGO BLUES FEST - Best Buy Stage / Dawn Williams Band
2002 - OTTAWA BLUES FEST - Main Stage / John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band
2002 - CHICAGO BLUES FEST - Crossroads Stage / Sammy Fender & the Blues Masters
2001 - CHICAGO BLUES FEST - Best Buy Stage / Liz Mandville Greeson
1997 - ROUTE 66 FEST - Main Stage / Ronny & the Rockits


Some of the more memorable venues I have performed at!


Aku Tiki Room / Ottawa, IL
The Bigger Jigger / Chicago, IL
B.L.U.E.S. / Chicago, IL
Blue Chicago / Chicago, IL
Blues Saloon / St. Paul, MN
Brauerhouse / Lombard, IL
Chord On Blues / St. Charles, IL
Clearwater Theater / West Dundee, IL
Dave's CC Club / Tallahassee, FL
Debonair Social Club / Chicago, IL
Frankie's Blue Room / Naperville, IL
Grand Emporium / Kansas City, MO
Harlem Avenue Lounge / Berwyn, IL
Kingston Mines / Chicago, IL
Buddy Guy's Legend's / Chicago, IL
Luther's Blues / Madison, WI
Mugzee's / Rochester, MN
Porter's Oyster Bar / Crystal Lake, IL
Red Key Theatre / Red Key, IN
Redfish / Chicago, IL
Redline Tap / Chicago, IL
Eddie Clearwater's Reservation Blues / Chicago, IL
River West / Chicago, IL
Sand Bar / Brookfield, IL
Silver Moon / Darien,WI
Slippery Noodle / Indianapolis, IN
Smoke Daddy / Chicago, IL
The Bob / Grand Rapids, MI
The Chicken Basket / Willowbrook, IL
The Horseshoe / Chicago, IL
The Hot Spot / Fort Wayne, IN
Tiki Terrace / Des Plaines, IL
Trader Vic's / Chicago, IL
Willie Dixon's Blues Heaven Courtyard / Chicago, IL




Podcasts, Television, Radio & Special Events

Koop Kooper's COCKTAIL NATION 2009 Podcasts 68, 69, 70
Sammy Fender & the Blues Masters 1410 AM WRMN " TCBX Live @ KINGSTON MINES " Radio Show - April 10, 2003
Shirley King BLUES IN THE SCHOOLS - Morton Grove High School, Illinois - 2003
Sammy Fender & the Blues Masters City of Chicago Dept. of Tourism Television commercial spots promoting Chicago Blues - 2003
Dawn Wiliams with the Rockits Chicago Cultural Center "Lunch Break Show" City of Chicago public service cable program - 2002
Liz Mandville Greeson & the Blue Points 2001 Chicago Music Awards
CARDIOBEAT 1996 "City of Hope" Fundraiser



Drumkit and Percussion Recording Credits  



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