Chill 7 is a band that defies any categorical definition. The quartet (electric guitar, drums, bass and saxaphones) cranks out a fun mix of jazz, rock, funk, metallica, blues and youthful jam. The group has been compared to the Red Hot Chili Peppers and described as the next Average White Band.
Michael Burand (Guitar)
Michael is a highly versatile player equally comfortable with funk, rock, jazz, and blues. He's been in several Twin Cities bands including The Junction. When not sporting his AC/DC T-shirt and electric guitar with Chill 7, he plays banjo with local bluegrass group Pickin' Up Steam.
Andrew Artz (Drums)
Born in Pittsburgh, Andy grew up in Apple Valley, Minnesota. He started playing drums at age 11, and has been making lots of noise ever since. During the day, he teaches drumming privately.
In addition to Chill 7, Andy runs the Andy Artz Society Orchestra, and plays with a number of other artists and groups, including Steve Clarke & The Working Stiffs, Robert Everest, Trish & The North Shore Drive, the Stan Bann Big Band, and John "The Fishin' Musician" Koziol.
Jason Swanson (Bass)
Jason studied bass in Idaho before relocating to Minnesota. He's also an accomplished classical bassist who plays with several orchestras. While in Idaho, Jason substituted for internationally-renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride.
Josh Brinkmann (Sax)
Since moving to the Twin Cities from the Washington, D.C. area, Josh has played in many different rock, jazz, and jam bands. Josh also writes much of the material for Chill 7. He has no fear of black hats.