Mimic are a classic rock cover band based out of Colorado Springs, Colorado. The band performs at local music venues, festivals, and private events. Playing the best classic rock hits from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s that keep the crowd dancing and singing along, the band formed in April of 2022 and is comprised of seasoned musicians each with decades of experience in numerous bands. So, we’re “classics playing classics,” really.
We often get asked about our dapper shirts that we wear when we perform live. Usually in the form of “So whassup with the shirts?” We’re a very versatile band – we can either melt faces clean off with such classic rock burners as Brown Eyed Girl or Melissa, dominate your Friday night bowling league, or change your oil when you’re not looking. It’s all part of the Mimic experience.
Meet the band:
Darrin Mlaker (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboard, Harmonica, Tambourine, Shaker, and anything else the band deems necessary for a song). Darrin has been playing music and performing in bands for over 30 years and started out playing bass guitar. After the loss of a singer (still can’t find him), Darrin was asked to do the vocals and to everyone's surprise (including his own) he could actually carry a tune and has been singing ever since. Darrin has lived in the Colorado Springs area for 20+ years and in that time has been in several bands including Shots of James, The Mark, Third Leg Up, and Audiophile. He started Mimic alongside Dennis and Rob in April of 2022. Darrin has learned the guitar, keyboard, and harmonica for this band. His extended musical abilities also include the somewhat scarce and not collector's edition of the Party City slide flute which makes very rare appearances. Keep an eye out!!
Dennis Bradley (Lead Guitar, Backing Vocals, Musical Director, Band Secretary, Web & Social Media Manager, Personal Assistant to Mr. Mlaker, Mr. Elsner, and Mr. Baggarly). Dennis has been playing music for over 40 years. His first instrument was the saxophone, but once he discovered Jimi Hendrix he quickly realized that the saxophone sounds nothing like the electric guitar. While growing up in Michigan, he played in numerous local bands that went absolutely nowhere. From 1990 to 1995, he served as a military musician with the United States Marines, playing over 400 shows per year around the country and in foreign countries such as Canada, Bermuda, and Alabama. In recent years, he played with local Colorado Springs band Audiophile and Metallica tribute project Damaged Justice before forming Mimic in April of 2022. A multi-instrumentalist, in addition to playing guitar Dennis also plays electric bass, mandolin, and ukelele. But definitely not saxophone – ever again.
Rob Elsner (Electric Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals, Band Intellectual). Rob has been playing musical instruments far too long to admit a real number, learning guitar at age 12. If not the actual oldest member of Mimic, he is certainly the most mature. Perhaps. Originally from Germany, Rob has lived in Colorado Springs for over 40 years. The past 25+ years have found Rob in a variety of bands along the front range including Kopesetic, Third Leg Up, The Gibsons, Thunder Rose, High Country Rock, Castle Rock and Blues Band as well as numerous acoustic duos/trios. Rob formed Mimic in April of 2022. A multi-instrumentalist, in addition to playing bass Rob plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica.
Jim Baggarly (Drums & Percussion). Jim is the newest, oldest, and least mature member of Mimic. Born in Louisiana and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, he began his professional drumming career at age 15 in Dallas. Jim has since retired from the military and played in countless venues from Dallas/Ft Worth, Jacksonville, Florida and, since 2017, here in Colorado Springs. Jim likes long walks on the beach, earthy smells, Netflix and chill, and Danish Cutlery. Not necessarily in that order.