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Brett's original music has been used in more than 700 TV episodes (spanning 200 shows), including The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Chicago PD, The Office, Tosh.0, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Shameless, NFL on Fox, MLB on Fox, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, My Name is Earl, Oprah Winfrey Show, Boston Legal, Criminal Minds, and MTV’s The Real World. Movie credits include Holidate and Lady Bird. Ad credits include Patron Tequila and Walmart. Brett's also been a contributing writer and music critic for publications like Guitar Player, Music Row Magazine, The Tennessean, and harmonycentral.com, and is a former employee of Gibson Musical Instruments.

Latest Releases

Debut EP is dropping on June 21…stay tuned!

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Shows

Brett's gigging regularly in the Chicago and Milwaukee area. Come catch him solo or with Upright Down, Deja Vu, 4TheBeat, and any variety of duos and trios. 

Date Event Location
Brett Ratner Solo at the Runaway The Runaway Microbrewery, Burlington, WI The Runaway Microbrewery, Burlington, WI
Hosting the Open Mic Night at Lake Bluff Brewing Company Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL
Hosting the Open Mic Night at Lake Bluff Brewing Company Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL
Brett Ratner Solo at Rivalry Alehouse Rivalry Alehouse, Antioch, IL Rivalry Alehouse, Antioch, IL
Upright Down at Niko's Red Mill Niko's Red Mill, Woodstock, IL Niko's Red Mill, Woodstock, IL
Hosting the Open Mic Night at Lake Bluff Brewing Company Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL
Hosting the Open Mic Night at Lake Bluff Brewing Company Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL
Upright Down at Kenilworth Food Truck Night Kenilworth Assembly Hall, Kenilworth, IL Kenilworth Assembly Hall, Kenilworth, IL
Hosting the Open Mic Night at Lake Bluff Brewing Company Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL Lake Bluff Brewing Company, Lake Bluff, IL
In-Studio Appearance on ChiCityLives with Mike Rice on Que4Radio  
Upright Down at Roadhouse 47 Roadhouse 47, Yorkville, IL Roadhouse 47, Yorkville, IL
Private Event with Deja Vu Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee, WI
Private Event with Deja Vu  
Brett Solo at Deerfield Farmer's Market Jewett Park, Deerfield, IL Jewett Park, Deerfield, IL
Upright Down at the Toadstool Pub Toadstool Pub, Highwood, IL Toadstool Pub, Highwood, IL
Upright Down at Southbank BBQ Southbank BBQ, Yorkville, IL Southbank BBQ, Yorkville, IL
Private Event with Deja Vu  
Brett Solo at Delevan Lake Store & Lounge Delevan Lake Store & Lounge, Delevan, WI Delevan Lake Store & Lounge, Delevan, WI

Latest News

Debut EP dropping June 21. New shows added weekly.