Mike Aquino

Recording and Touring Artist


  Since he first picked up a guitar at the age of 8, he has found himself performing professionally since the age of 16.  After many years of playing clubs in and around the United States and acquiring an Associates Of The Arts Degree from College Of DuPage and a Degree in Music Education/Jazz Performance from Roosevelt University’s Chicago Music College he was set on his way to carve out a full time future in music.

     He currently performs with The Beat Goes On (Cher Tribute), Jim Peterik and World Stage, Cornerstones Of Rock, Dan Navarro, One Of These Nights (Eagles Tribute), Simple Men and Southern Nights (Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute), Pride Of Lions (Frontiers Records), and many others.

     He can always be found in the studio as a first call session guitarist and back up vocalist in Chicago for many artists and has recorded for Jim Peterik, Jimi Jamison, Lisa McClowry, Dennis DeYoung, Brian Wilson, Chicago, Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), and many more independent artists and bands. He can also be found doing jingle sessions on guitar, mandolin and lap steel in Chicago IL (featured in commercials for K&N, Case International, and John Deere), as well as writing for artists in Chicago and Nashville.

     He has performed with artists Jim Peterik, Cornerstones Of Rock, Steve Cropper, James Burton and members of The Wrecking Crew, John Waite, Johnny VanZant (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Mark Farner (formerly of Grand Funk Railroad), Dave Bickler, Jimi Jamison (both formerly of Survivor), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Keith Burns (Trick Pony), Rik Emmet (Triumph), Don Barnes (38 Special), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals), and many more…..