Michael Whalen

Vocalist and Percussionist

Vocalist and Percussionist Michael Whalen was a drummer for ex-Ziggy Marley member Nelaku Retta in his African-fused reggae group Melaku & The African Elements. He performs with acts such as Frank Bang's Secret Stash, Telstar, The Cook County Jazz Commission and MHB. As a drummer, percussionist and vocalist, Whalen has found himself as the 'go-to' guy for original and acoustic acts around Chicago, regularly performing for WXRT's Richard Milne alongside Chicago's talented Tony Calderisi and has been a lead vocalist with The Forte Band since 2003.