The Regulators

The Regulators’ music defies easy description. Are they a rock power-trio? A jazz group? A funk band? An Andean pan-flute ensemble? They are most of these things and yet they are none of them. They are a free-funk-jazz exploration of non-western rhythmic modes. Whatever genre you want to call their music, a few things are certain: it’s groovin’, it’s exciting and it’s bad-assed. This is musical high-wire without a net.

Formed in mid-2008 as the global economy appeared ready to do a stage-dive during sound-check, The Regulators are Mike Allemana on guitar, Gerald Dowd on drums and Matt Ferguson on bass. The band spun itself off from a pre-existing group–BrianO’Hern’s Model Citizens Big Band–where they had already commenced with their trademark rhythmic explorations during the extended free-inventions which typically mark the close of each Model Citizens set. Brian points his finger and away they go. One moment it is Funkadelic getting in touch with their inner-Bulgarian, ten minutes later a wall of noise-rock and five minutes after that, King Tubby in a klezmer band. Anything can and will happen. This was too good to just go down once a month at the end of a big-band set so the three decided to form the Regulators and start doing their thing all night long. Since then they have been doin’ it about once a month at various venues; currently they call the Gallery Cabaret home every first Wednesday of the month (in addition to playing together with the Model Citizens at the Gallery Cabaret every third Monday). Check the schedule for our next shows.

Check out the Regulators Flyer Gallery.

The Regulators at Strobe

Recent Posts

Announcing pre-release fundraising campaign for the Freeman/Allemana 4tet with special guest Bernard Purdie

Dear friends,

Today George Freeman and I are launching a pre-release campaign to raise funds to help finish the mixing, editing, and manufacturing of our first recording, Live at the Green Mill, with organist Pete Benson and special guest Bernard Purdie. We hope to release the album on 12″ vinyl this summer with Ears&Eyes Records. In April of 2015 engineer David Zuchowski recorded us live at the Green Mill in Chicago. If you can, please help us release this recording by visiting our campaign: webpage:http://groovebot.gottagrooverecords.com/campaign/detail/4819

This recording captures two packed nights at the Green Mill and the incredible musical energy that George and Bernard create together.   Also, George turns 90 this year on April 10, 2017!!!!  Getting this recording out would be a great way to celebrate. See the campaign for full details.

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photo by Michael Jackson

  1. Tammy McCann and Mike Allemana Live at Studio 5 in Evanston, Feb. 12 Leave a reply
  2. George Freeman performs “Birth Sign” at Fulton Street Collective January 18, 2017 Leave a reply
  3. September 29: the premier of my new trio at 210 Restaurant in Highwood Leave a reply
  4. WDCB presents: George Freeman/Mike Allemana 4tet, Friday, August 26th at the Promontory Leave a reply
  5. George Freeman/Mike Allemana Organ 4tet at The Promontory, Friday, August 26th Leave a reply
  6. Philip Bohlman’s Jazz Worlds/World Jazz book release, May 24, Seminary Co-op Leave a reply
  7. 20 Years of The Model Citizens, March 20th, 2016 at Martyr’s!!!! Leave a reply
  8. Caroline Davis 4tet/quintet this weekend Dec 4/5 Leave a reply
  9. Tammy McCann this week, October 8-11, at the Jazz Showcase!! Leave a reply