Busman's Holiday is a two person band blending the melodic charm of lo-fi acoustics with the ecstatic showmanship of classic rock 'n' roll. The singer/songwriter duo is accompanied by a string section who fill out their complexly euphonic ballads of love, loss, lust and outer space. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, the pair and their intrepid band of string playing companions have toured the U.S. and Canada extensively the past three years, recently appearing on Daytrotter and If You Make It's Pink Couch Sessions. Though adept in a D.I.Y. aesthetic of acoustic busking with only a guitar and a suitcase drum set, the brothers are equally at home when sharing the stage with their three talented string players, who add a rich, layered musical texture to their unique songs of wanderlust and first love. Evoking a classic tent-show rock sound joined with the affable atmosphere of the assured vaudevillian, Busman's Holiday both charms and impresses with their own unique blend of humor and assured musical talent.
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Lewis and Addison formed the band in 2003 and have been touring nationally since 2005. The group has been a part of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, ID and the IAJE in Toronto, playing with Darius Brubeck. Both performances received honors. The music of Busman's Holiday has been to Scotland for the Fringe Fest. Original compositions by the band were performed for "Dust," a play scored by the band. Additional overseas shows are in the works.
The elder brother, Addison, plays a drum kit that includes a Samsonite suitcase bass drum. The younger brother, Lewis, plays an acoustic guitar. The two create harmonies and sing songs together. The music is melodic pop with influences from numerous genres. They listen to Randy Newman, Paul Simon, James Taylor, They Might Be Giants, Madlib, Joe Pass, and Beck; and other stuff. They’ve made the packaging to the majority of their projects, including their most recent release, Old Friends. They have been playing for years on the streets of the United States. If you want to catch them there, check out their MySpace page. Wherever Busman’s Holiday has a show, they most likely will be street singing close-by.
The duo are currently working with producer Matt Nowlin, who, besides being in a jazz group with Lewis, is in a rap band with both the brothers. That rap band is Rusty Zavitson. Nowlin has composed nearly all of their string arrangements. He got his friends to play the strings on Old Friends. They were paid with burritos. Nowlin was paid with corn whiskey, which he didn't particularly care for.
To keep current with the band visit www.myspace.com/busmansholiday
Booking inquiries: contact Addison Rogers at 812.679.9243 or at email@example.com
Busman's Holiday consists of a core of a guitarist and a drummer who both sing. They are currently being accompanied by a viola player, a violinist and a cellist.
Lewis Rogers - Guitarist
Addison Rogers - Drummer
Sam Daunt - Viola
Peri DeLorenzo - Violin
Paul Young - Cello
Shirts & Skins, LP, 2005
See Hear Now, EP, 2006
Homegrown, LP, 2006
Ole!, LP, 2007 Live at Waldron Arts
Old Friends, EP, 2008
Each album is available for $10.
Indiana Public Media Interview with BH
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Brothers Lewis and Addison Rogers have played music together as Busman’s Holiday since 2004. Lewi...Brothers Lewis and Addison Rogers have played music together as Busman’s Holiday since 2004.
Lewis was 14 and Addison was 18 when they released their first CD, Shirts & Skins, but they’re probably better known for playing on the streets of downtown Bloomington.
“We started street singing just around town, and eventually found out that Jiffy Treat was a great place for it on Kirkwood,” Addison said, referring to the now-defunct local ice cream shop.
“We usually try to keep sort of a pop mentality to it, just accessible music,” said Addison. “And as far as the street goes, a full band always helps out, as opposed to just a guitarist. It’s much more of a presence.”
For the full article as well as the radio interview go to http://indianapublicmedia.org/arts/street-sounds-moveable-beat-busmans-holiday/
Review of BH Show
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Wrapping up the show were the ever-hilarious Busman’s Holiday who, missing half the band, played as ...Wrapping up the show were the ever-hilarious Busman’s Holiday who, missing half the band, played as a guitar and drums duo. They really are a great local band; they’ve got a unique style that manages to be equal parts funny and serious, combining a carefree attitude with precise musicianship. Highlights of their set included: a cover of The Kinks’s “Waterloo Sunset,” a paper fortune teller reading by drummer Addison Rogers (he warned an audience member that she may be more allergic to bees than she knows), and of course the band’s great original material, like “Ode to Sofia,” “Mr. Spaceman,” and “On the Floor.”
Read the whole article at http://www.idsnews.com/blogs/livebuzz/?cat=19
What Common Folks Say
Want to see what clubs and fans think? Visit www.myspace.com/busmansholiday
Busman's Holiday hits Fringe
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A troope of Bloomington North students will perform the Premiere of their original performance piece...A troope of Bloomington North students will perform the Premiere of their original performance piece Dancers in the Dust at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland in the Summer of 2008. The story revolves around the fate of Ida Rose Walker and her family as they struggle through the tragic times of the Oklahoma dust bowls of the mid nineteen-thirties. Told with a mixture of story, song and dance, the production has been built from improvisation and historical research before collating by Tracy Connor and North drama teacher Francesca Sobrer. Sobrer also directs the show. Dancers in the Dust includes live music from North alumni standout musician Lewis Rogers(Busman's Holiday), and choreography by Diane Buzzell.
The student cast and crew includes: Avery Wigglesworth, McCarry Reynolds, Miranda Gregory, Ethan Philbeck, Sarah Van Tassel, Sophie Krabnke, Chantel Martinez, Joy Msiska, Will Bray, James Halpin, Sahar Pastel-Daneshgar, Ethan Salle, Evan Small, Mattie Theobald, Nathaniel Elmer, Ridge Graham, Jordan Howell, Emily Kathman, Jonathan Hunter, and Sarah Weber.
Local performances of Dancers in the Dust are at 7:30pm, Nov. 8, 9, 16, and 17 in the BHSN Black Box Theater. General admission tickets cost ten dollars and they are eight dollars for students and seniors. Reservations are recommended at 330-7724, ext. 50235.
Even though the AHSTF and World Strives Training are hosting the Dancers in the Dust production, each participating student must raise $5000 to entertain worldwide audiences next summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
BH's Pink Couch Session
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Check out all them glowing reviews! And views! Right?! http://www.ifyoumakeit.com/video/busmans-holi...Check out all them glowing reviews! And views! Right?! http://www.ifyoumakeit.com/video/busmans-holiday/-mr-spaceman/
Emerging Arts Spotlight
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The Bloomington Area Arts Council is proud to present the productions in The 2007-2008 Performa...The Bloomington Area Arts Council is proud to present the productions in
The 2007-2008 Performance Series:
"Spotlight on the Arts"
Friday, September 1 @7pm & 10pm
Location: Waldron Rose Firebay
The BAAC is proud to kick off its “Emerging Artists’ Spotlight” with not one, but two performances of up-and-coming musical sensation Busman’s Holiday. Elements of rock, folk, jazz, vaudeville, and barbershop are expertly blended with audience interaction and a finely honed sense of stagecraft. The band, composed of two sets of brothers, has been paying its dues for the past few years playing anywhere and everywhere. Come on down and help usher these boys into the spotlight!
BH at CATS Studios
Here the band performs "God Only Knows" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_9Vt-80_Q0
Local musicians work together for Eco-benefit and hit all the right chords with crowd...
BH Live at the Green Line
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Here a fan is moved to start filming the band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j_zFT0ROJo&feature=re...Here a fan is moved to start filming the band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j_zFT0ROJo&feature=related
BH on Radio Playlists
BH on a number of radio playlists here http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2248593421&topic=8666
The band plays a 45 minute set of originals if given a choice. There will usually be a cover or two in there.
Their set lists vary but can include these originals:
On The Floor
A Life Examined
Ode to Sophia
(William Cresent Gets) Fired
The Last Waltz
The band has produced more original material than what is listed above but their current line up does not lend towards all of it.
Covered artists include Paul Simon, the Kinks, the Beatles, the Unicorns, They Might Be Giants and Cake, as well as any the band might choose to cover in the middle of a set.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.