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Heinz, Chris

Heinz, Chris, drums; b. Astoria, Queens, 7 February 1976. He was raised in Bethel, NY. His parents are Robert and Diane and he has one sister, Jen.

A protege of drummer and bandleader John Riley, Heinz was a founding member of the group Freak Love Messiah, part of the prolific ring of  "jam bands" such as Moon Boot Lover and Lettuce bred in the upstate NY area. Heinz has performed around the country with leading acts in the rock, singer/songwriter and funk genre, and performs regularly with Favored Nations recording artist and guitar virtuoso Rob Balducci. His nickname is "Root."

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