Johnny Russler & Beach Bum Band

You can call the Beach Bum Band a “Parrothead band,” because the beach, warm weather, and the island themes parallel much of the ambience that Parrotheads enjoy. But the Beach Bum Band is NOT a Jimmy Buffett cover band. The band certainly plays plenty of Buffett favorites, but you’re just as likely to hear music from Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Paul Simon, Dick Dale, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many others. They offer variety and entertainment for everyone who enjoys warm weather.


Some sweet island songs you might hear at a performance:
Jimmy Buffett: Margaritaville, One Particular Harbor, Fins, Cheeseburger in Paradise and many others
Bob Marley: Stir It Up, Three Little Birds, No Woman No Cry
Zac Brown Band: Toes; Chicken Fried; Where The Boat Leaves From
Paul Simon: Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Harry Belafonte: Jump in the Line, Coconut Woman
Kenny Chesney: When The Sun Goes Down, How Forever Feels
Crosby Stills & Nash: Southern Cross
Ben Harper: Steal My Kisses
Rolling Stones: Can’t Always Get What You Want
Sublime: Badfish, What I Got, Santeria
Dick Dale: California Sun
Jerry Jeff Walker: Come Away to Belize
Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl


“Tonight I’m just a Beach Bum!” “I love playing with the Beach Bums!”  – Jimmy Buffett, Wisconsin and Omaha openings of Cheeseburger in Paradise, 2004

“The most professional, entertaining and just fun band I’ve worked with.” – Jake Worek, Tweeter Center, Tinley Park, Illinois

“The Beach Bum Band was great to work with! They were on time, as professional as can be and got the audience VERY revved up! It was a pleasure having them.”  – Steve Drymalski, Alpine Valley Music Theater, East Troy, Wisconsin

“When Johnny Russler and The Beach Bum Band played, they turned the river into a tropical beach full of fun and sun!”  – Kevin Hagerty, Waterways Days Festival, City of Joliet