Feb 172018

Beadhead returned to the stage on Feb 9 at the Celebration of Life for John DiFalco. A fantastic turnout by friends, family and fans. We welcomed guitarist, Mike Suffin, to the Beadhead family. Stay tuned for new gigs for the full band as well as the “acoustic trio”.

Beadhead: Margaret Linn, Steve Karakas, Jay Lundell, Mike Suffin and Dave Rosenberg (yes he’s really in the photo).

Jan 202018

Michael started playing guitar at age 14. He immediately started playing in bands and continued throughout his High School years playing at dances and parties. Within months of starting to play he went to his first concert at the Fillmore West and saw Led Zeppelin. That was the first of 6 Zeppelin shows he attended. From that moment on he knew he wanted to play guitar. He was also lucky enough to see Jimi Hendrix among many other great bands. He joined the jazz band in High School and took piano classes. After graduating Michael attended Diablo Valley College and SF State majoring in music. He continued playing in bands and then went on the road for 2 years playing in a Top 40 band throughout Calif , the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

In the early 90’s he relocated to Portland and has played in various bands including Keegan Smith, Jacob Merlin and Julie Jones. He has played with Eddie Money and even got to get up on stage and play with Larry Carlton.

Mike is also currently playing with Beadhead bassist, Dave Rosenberg in Rekless Kompany. Mike has a brief history with Beadhead after filling in for John. He knows our songs and brings great talent and attitude to Beadhead. We are excited to have him join the band. Please welcome him at his debut gig at Bleachers on February 9.


Nov 152017

We say goodbye to our Beadhead brother, John DiFalco who passed away after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He was a fantastic guitar player but even a more fantastic person. His dedication to music and to creating good times made helped make Beadhead a fan favorite. We are sad he is no longer with us but hope he is having a great time making music with the legends of the after life.