Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: BoDeans


These Waukesha natives are set to return to the great badger state this Saturday (October 8, 2011) for a concert at the Capitol Theater.  We know tickets to this one aren’t exactly cheap, so if the only thing between you and the BoDeans is your wallet, listen up—this post is for you!  We’re giving one lucky blog reader a pair of tickets to the show after the jump.  Read on to find out how to enter our giveaway contest.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bud Light Concerts at the Capitol

Frank Productions and True Endeavors present

105.5 TripleM welcomes


Capitol Theater – 8pm – $45/$40/$35 – Reserved Seating – All Ages



Formed in 1984 by high-school friends Sammy Llanas and Kurt Neumann, the BoDeans mixed Midwestern roots rock with elements of adult contemporary pop, fashioning a sound that earned critical acclaim during the ’80s and commercial recognition during the following decade. Llanas and Neumann fronted the group by sharing vocal and guitar duties, while bassist Bob Griffin and drummer Guy Hoffman populated the rhythm section. Although based in Waukesha, WI, the BoDeans began building an audience 20 miles east in Milwaukee, and their success in that town helped gain them a contract with Slash Records, with manufacturing and distribution handled by Warner Bros.

The BoDeans worked with T Bone Burnett on their debut album, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams, which appeared in 1986 to warm reviews. They recruited another big-name producer, Talking Heads member Jerry Harrison, to helm 1987’s Outside Looking In, which found the band reduced to a trio after the departure of Hoffman. Outside Looking In broke into the Billboard Top 100, and the BoDeans grew their audience by touring alongside U2, appearing on Robbie Robertson’s self-titled solo album, and receiving the honor of Best New Band by Rolling Stone magazine. By the time they released their third album, Home, in 1989, keyboardist Michael Ramos and drummer Danny Gayol had joined. This lineup stayed intact for the release of 1991’s Black and White, but the BoDeans went without a drummer once again on their next recording, Go Slow Down.

Following the release of a double-disc live album, Joe Dirt Car, the band returned in 1996 with Blend. Around the time of Blend‘s release, “Closer to Free” — a song that had originally appeared on 1993’s Go Slow Down — became a hit, due in large part to its exposure as the theme song for the TV show Party of Five. “Closer to Free” eventually cracked the Top 20, becoming the most successful single of the band’s career. The BoDeans were arguably more popular than ever, but the band took a break during the late ’90s, with both frontmen devoting time to their solo careers.

By 2004, the band had reconvened and signed with a new label, Zoe. Resolution was released that year, followed in 2005 by Homebrewed: Live from the Pabst. Griffin left the group in 2006 and was replaced by Eric Holden, who appeared on 2008’s Still. By this point, the bandmates had found a new home on 429 Records, and they remained with that label for the release of Mr. Sad Clown in 2010.


WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS:  Since the BoDeans hail from Wisconsin, we want to hear about some of your other homegrown favorites.  What local band(s) do you want to see “make it big”?  Tell us about at least one of them in the comments section below.

Please have your responses posted by Thursday, October 6 at 8:00pm.  A winner will be chosen and notified shortly thereafter.  Good luck!


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3 Responses

  1. “Garbage” are an alternative rock band formed in Madison, Wisconsin in 1994.
    The group consists of Scottish singer Shirley Manson (vocals, guitar) and American musicians Duke Erikson (bass, guitar, keyboards, percussion), Steve Marker (guitar, keyboards) and Butch Vig (drums, percussion).

  2. You got ’em Anna! Congrats!

  3. Thank you !!!!!!!!!

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