Chicago Dime is a band of experienced musicians of many styles and genres who take the big elements of blues music and play around with them to create distinctly Australian blues.
Inspired by a combination of the old and new, the band’s raw energy and intensity is reminiscent of some of the best blues and improvisational rock that Australia has ever offered. Featuring guitar, horns, bass and drums playing blues, jazz, rock, funk, original songs and more!
The band’s love for the blues runs deep, our name taken from a Buddy Guy quote: “‘I went to Chicago lookin’ for a dime and found a quarter.”
With years of professional experience and musicianship, performances are at the highest standard upstairs, downstairs, indoors and out. We are seasoned entertainers who give you that special party atmosphere that only live music can bring.
Pete Hachel - Guitars & Vocals
JR Barling - Trumpet, Flugel & Trombone
Matty B Davis - Bass Guitar
Rob Drinkwater - Drums
"We don't just play the blues, but the blues is in everything we play"
Pete is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and has been doing his thing for over 30 years. While he may be a native son of inner Melbourne and the bayside area, you’d easily think he was plucked right out of Austin Texas when you hear him sing and play.
A regular in the 90’s Melbourne music scene, Pete has played a number of styles and has been mentored by some of Australia’s best musicians including Joe Camilleri and Brett Garsed.
He has most recently been playing with local acts including Bernadette Novembre and G&T and is also a working solo artist. Pete plays a Fender Stratocaster and Takamine acoustic electric guitar.
A country boy at heart, JR has been playing Brass instruments for over 30 years and performed multiple styles with Australian bands and artists such as James Morrison, Geoff Payne and Boroondara Brass. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Music from Melba Conservatorium of Music, he taught piano and brass at many schools while moonlighting in corporate bands.
JR also performs with The Slipdixies, Northside Jazz Orchestra and other bands across Melbourne.
JR plays an Andalucia trumpet and flugel and Schiller valve/slide trombone.
Matty B Davis:
The "Chicago" in Dime. Matty has been playing continually for 34 years, cutting his teeth on the Melbourne music scene from the late 80's.
He has played and composed songs in many bands across a variety of genres such as original acts Sequoia, Saratoga, Windscreen Vipers, Joysticks, Headrush Honey, Dreamland and Pornsta, as well as cover acts Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Party Animals, Joyride and Chicago-based blues band, No Excuses.
Matty plays a Fender Precision bass.
Rob started playing drums at the age of 14 and cut his teeth in the vibrant Australian pub scene in the early 80's as a member of Melbourne ska band, No Nonsense. Classified as ska by some and nutty by others, No Nonsense is one of the most high-profile Australian ska bands of the era gaining Australian chart success.
He has been a professional musician and played in a number of cover bands across Melbourne while continuing to play a few times a year with No Nonsense.
Rob plays a vintage Pearl drum kit with Paiste cymbals.
Performing original songs and covers including:
- Everyday I Have The Blues
- Feeling Good
- Blue Monk
- Thrill Is Gone
- I Put A Spell On You
- Ain't No Sunshine
- All Along The Watchtower
- Rocky Mountain Way
- Mister Mellow