Butterfly in Traffic

Butterfly in Traffic is an all Original rock group based in Chicago, IL. They formed in 2009, and play a folksy blend of rock and blues. Led by the lead vocals and guitar of Ed Gershon, BIT also features the bass anchor of Matt Moreno, the rollicking drums of Grant Niebergall and the jazz/rock lead guitar of Thomas Ott. Their recent full length release ‘Constant State of Motion’ is now available on iTunes!

Ed Gershon

Guitar/Lead Vocals

Influences: The Beatles, The Black Crowes, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and many others.

Favorite guitar: My 60th anniversary tobacco sunburst Fender strat

Favorite food: Pizza

Tom Ott

Lead Guitar/Vocals

Tom is inspired to play and write by Van Morrison, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Tom Waits, Kurt Vonnegut, Ben Allison, Bob Dylan, Manu Dibango, Moacir Santos, Steely Dan, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Brian Blade, Weather Report, Noel Gallagher, Bill Frisell, Johnny Marr, Ryan Adams, Jaga Jazzist, Keith Jarrett, Frank Zappa, Paul Motian, and many others.

Tom’s Gear: Gibson ES-335, Gibson Les Paul Studio, Fender American Professional Telecaster, Fender DG20S Acoustic, Univox/Ibanez Custom 12 String Electric, Fender Blues Junior tube amplifier, Roland JC-90 Jazz Chorus, Mr. B Custom Bottleneck Slide, Shubb Capos, Dunlop Jazz III Guitar Picks, D’Addario and Martin SP Strings.

Tom’s pedal board includes: EHX Holy Grail Reverb, Mr. Black Supermoon reverb, Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer, MXR Carbon Copy Delay, EHX Polyphonic Octave Generator II, EHX Big Muff Pi, TC Electronics Ditto Looper, MXR Custom Compressor, Xotic EP Booster, Crybaby Classic Wah (with Fasel inductor), EHX Freeze Sound Retainer.

Grant Niebergall

Drums/Percussion

Influences: The Beatles, The police, MMW, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, XTC a ton of local greats and many others.

Favorite kit Yamaha Birch Custom, Absolute/Yamaha hip gig jr,
Cymbals: Paiste Twentys

Favorite food: Pizza/Shawarma

 

Matt Moreno

Bass/Vocals

Matt has been playing music for over 15 years and was first inspired by listening to his dad play the drums while growing up in Sterling, IL. Music has always been a part of Matt’s life and he hopes to continue the trend to his own kids. Some of Matt’s influences are, but not limited to, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Earth Wind & Fire, James Brown, Prince, Coldplay, The Police, Jaco Pastorius, Miles Davis, Pink Floyd, Medeski Martin & Wood, Bob Dylan, and Jeff Buckley

Matt’s Gear:¬†Yamaha RBX800A Electric Bass, Breedlove BJ350/CR4 Acoustic Bass, Gallien-Krueger Amp, Ernie Ball Bass Strings