Cowboy Jesus and The Sugar Bums are Maxwell Jenkins, mandolin and lead vocals, Caden Shapiro, guitar and lead vocals, Sam Mortensen, guitar, and Chase Wilkins, drums. We are all Chicago Public School Students,ranging from 11-12 years old. We met at Old Town School of Folk Music, and with the help of our fantastic music teacher, Jonas Friddle, and support from our parents, we began playing live last summer. Our live show culminated in being awarded the Chicago Music Award for Most Talented Group Under 12 years old.
We quickly garnered a reputation for putting on great live shows which are equally fun for kids and adults. We have played Beat Kitchen, Subterranean, were featured on Green Music Fest last summer, and will be there again this summer, and also played Wicker Park Fest last summer. Our music is a wide mix of old school blues rock and roll, as well as more contemporary pop rock tunes, ranging from James Brown, Chuck Berry, the Go Go’s, The Ramones and more.