Michael is an Emmy nominated rock singer, published songwriter, event and record producer, and talent buyer rooted in the rock music of the 70's & 80's.
Rolling Stone's Editor Ben Fong-Torres described Michael as "a singing, picking, shredding embodiment of Americana music".
Career highlights include finalist in a national songwriter competiton held at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, opening for Sara Evans, Tab Benoit, Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident, Charlie Daniels, Alan Holdsworth, and Jefferson Starship.
Michael is a NAMM member, the Director of Entertainment for the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, a voting member of the Grammy Awards and the President of StompLight, an innovative stage lighting and guitar pedal company..
Michael's most recent album DRIVE is a collection of blues, modern country, southern rock and Americana with the title track (DRIVE) airing on radio stations in 26 countries supported with a music video. DRIVE is also available for play in the RockBand gaming space.
Chris is a world class rock guitarist. Chris's remarkable ability on guitar comes from playing everyday for 45 years.
Chris is a skillful funk, jazz and progressive rock musician who's influences include Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie and Jimmy Page.
Early in his career Chris wrote and performed rock music in a NorCal trio that made their way into the 80's LA rock music scene.
Chris has the unique ability to play any guitar part on any recording. His is also a vocalist.
Chris has been performing and recording with Michael since 2008. In 2010 Michael, Chris and Harold co-founded the Michael Ahern Band.
Harold is an extraordinary drummer who began his professional career in the Seattle 80's music scene.
In the 90's Harold relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area co-founding SF rock band Swithblade Nixon and joining the Family Club.
In 2004 Harold co-founded the Little Wheels Band, a 7-piece Americana band with Michael Ahern and Santa Cruz based songwriter / keyboardist Lachlann Kane. Together LWB produced 4 albums and toured together through 2007 playing over 200 live shows.
Harold worked with the "late" Hawaii legends Don Ho, Dick "the Giant" Jensen, "Hawaii's Lady of Love" Loyal Garner before relocating to the Bay Area from Hawaii. Harold has since shared the stage w/ Flo & Eddie and the Turtles, Joe Satriani, Jackson Browne, Robbin Ford, The Doobie Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, and James Nash of the Waybacks.
In 2010 Michael, Chris and Harold co-founded the Michael Ahern Band.
Michael Ahern & The Rockmakers are a San Francisco Bay Area rock and roll dance band.
A musical brotherhood carrying the torch of 60’s psychedelic rock,
70’s classic and southern rock, 80's rock, Jam Band, and 90's alternative rock.
The band also performs Michael's orginal songs.
Venues, Festivals, and Special Events where Michael & band has performed
Auberge Du Soleil
British Banker's Club
Bluebird Cafe in Nashville
Bottom of the Hill
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
The Cats in Los Gatos
Corinthian Yacht Club
Don Quixote’s International Music Hall
Devil's Canyon Brewery
Driscoll Ranch Rodeo
El Verano Inn
Foster City July 4th Music Festival
Fox Theater in Redwood City
Grand National Rodeo
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company
Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival
Half Moon Bay Yacht Club
Hopmonk Tavern Sonoma
Hopmonk Tavern Novato
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
Little Fox Theater
Longboard Margarita Bar
Marin Brewing Company
Menlo Circus Club
Olympic Club at Lakeside
Old Princeton Landing
Pacific Coast Dream Machines
Palo Alto Music in the Park
Palo Alto Hills Country Club
Peri's Silver Dollar Bar
Relay For Life HMB
Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay
The Stocker Cup
San Pedro Market Square
Saint Francis Yacht Club
Sausalito Cruising Club
Sam's Chowder House
Sam's Anchor Cafe
SF Summer Concert in the Park Series
San Francisco's Jerry Day
SF Union Square
Waleed is a composer and keyboardist, and has played with many different bands of different styles since the mid 70s.
Originally from Chicago, Lee developed his skills playing in cover bands, but quickly got involved in original music, and the underground experimental music scene, co-founding bands with other musicians in the Chicago area. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 90s, Lee quickly formed new musical alliances, and has played in a variety of cover and original bands.
Waleed joined the Rockmakers in 2019 bringing to the mix organ and electric piano sounds, strings and a variety of synthesizer patches, all custom programmed for each song. His musicianship, obsession with quality gear, and team-player approach completes the Michael Ahern Band’s overall sound. He is also the founder, band leader and composer of Radiograph, an original instrumental progressive rock band that incorporates elements of funk and jazz with healthy doses of improvisation in its music. Radiograph also gigs regularly in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Lee is passionate about music, the creative process, and collaborating with great musicians.
Professionally, Lee is a physicist and entrepreneur, and has worked in academia, the national lab system, and has co-founded several tech start-up companies including Light4Sound which is developing one of his inventions in the music technology space: a programmable, drop-in replacement optical pickup for the guitar, and other stringed instruments. He holds double BS degrees in Physics and Mathematics, and an MS degree in Physics from the University of Illinois, and a Ph. D. in Physics from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Joey began his music career in Atlanta playing and recording with several prominent bands, some including members of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Sea Level, and the Glenn Phillips Bands. Since arriving in the Bay Area in, he has performed almost every conceivable genre of music from Blues to Bluegrass, Rock to Jazz, Soukous to Samba-Reggae.
In addition to being a Rockmaker Joey plays bass with BMA nominated singer Paula Harris, guitar wiz Terry Hiatt. He played with critically acclaimed fusion quartet The Bartron Tyler Group for many years, recording 3 albums with them. He has backed up pop star Alana Davis and guitar hero Will Ray of the Hellecasters.
Joey has been an in demand instructor for over 20 years. He is currently on staff as guitar and bass instructor at Gryphon Strings, Castro Valley School of Music and Community School of Music and Arts.
Joey runs a production studio in Mountain View called the Tomato Farm. There he produces and composes music, a couple of podcasts, sound design for film and audio editing.
His personal music projects have been “After Dark Orchestra” (R&B), “Joey Fabian Quartet” (Instrumental funk fusion) and “The Skeptic’s Jukebox” (science and skepticism).
His extra-musical interests are his lovely wife Rutendo, bicycling, cosmology and physics, science fiction and cooking.