Michael Caskey

Michael (aka Bunny Patootie) writes original music for Lucky Plush Productions. Originally from rural Southwestern Michigan, Michael has performed with artists as diverse as Chuck Mangione, Koko Taylor, Toni Tenille, Danilo Perez, Marvin Hamlisch, Howard Levy, John Sinclair, Grazyna Auguscik, Patricia Barber, Oh My God, Goran Ivanovic, (Grammy nominated) Heritage Blues Orchestra, Striding Lion Theatre Company, Davy Knowles, Laith Al-Saadi, Leslie Hunt and Ron Perillo. As a member of Eastern Blok, a pan-cultural Chicago-based ensemble, Michael has presented concerts and masterclasses at Princeton, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, and University of Michigan among others. A DownBeat jazz magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Award recipient, Michael has performed for audiences all over the world. He has also provided original music and sound design for Chicago dance companies like Hedwig Dances, Zephyr Dance, Same Planet Different World, Peter Carpenter, Onye Ozuzu and members of Mad Shak in addition to co-composing music for the independent feature length film, "The Other One." Michael is the Music Services Coordinator at the Dance Department of Columbia College where he also teaches "Music and Rhythm for Dancers."