Gig Seeker Pro



Band Alternative Pop


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos


The best kept secret in music




The winter can be rough in the Midwest so what better way to stay warm than to get up, get out and enjoy two of the hardest working Midwestern bands for a weekend of fun in December. Bockman's (MO) and Broken Grass (IL) will be performing together at the famed Blue Note in Columbia, MO on Friday December 5th. Best of all, the show is FREE .

Bockman's Euphio at HSMF from
Bockman's has made its mark by bringing their "sonic rock" to the forefront of the Midwestern underground scene. After playing the Midwest for years, Bockman's finally made it to the national scene with an impressive performance at this summer's High Sierra Music Festival. The Missouri quartet broke themselves into road life by touring the western United States this summer following HSMF. Back home in the Midwest, the band is working hard on an upcoming studio release that is slated for early 2004.

Joining Bockman's for the free show is another hard working Midwestern band Broken Grass. Based in Southern Illinois, Broken Grass has been wowing crowds with their ferocious approach to bluegrass music since 2002 when they took their show on the road with Slamgrass pioneers Leftover Salmon for a weeklong run through the Midwest. Between a unique instrumentation and a fresh approach to songwriting, Broken Grass combines traditional bluegrass with rock and roll energy. Broken Grass is coming off a sold out Halloween show where special guest Tony Furtado joined the band for the night on banjo. Bockman's will be joining Broken Grass again the following night for a show at The Green Room in Iowa City.


gorjus: fighting Bockman's euphio (2004) Totoba Records
Ladies and Gentlemen of the FCC

For Booking: Mountain High Music, 303-415-1958
Rob Sarno,
Aly Constine,


Feeling a bit camera shy


While modern music continues to diversify at an astounding rate, it becomes even harder to classify the sound of a band such as Bockman. With feet planted firmly in the roots of rock music, looking deeper one finds it branching into a spiral of complex rhythms, but simple and grabbing melodies. Be it lyrically or musically, the dark and the light natures of life are explored. By unifying the progressive elements of rock, pop, and jazz, Bockman provides a listening experience exclusive only to ears, with crave music.

As we should expect from any group of young musicians who are still growing as individuals and a collective unit, Bockman has evolved. Since the release of their debut album, “Ladies and Gentleman of the F.C.C.,” the band has said farewell to one of their members, graduated from their various universities, and resolved their focus on the music. What was once a shuffling of lineup and scattered commitments has become a tightly focused, highly energized unit of four housemates with a vision. A vision rooted in the constant assessment of their craft. This heightened awareness has not created a pretentious, calculated effort. Rather, it has manifested itself in a new sound, a new energy, and, ultimately, a new album.

Bockman’s sophomore effort entitled gorjus: fighting Bockman is exactly that, two forces at work. Emerging from and adolescent devotion towards experimental music, these four band-mates are, as the saying goes, finding themselves. Yes, the hormones are raging and this season’s nectar has some brand-new kick. Gorjus: fighting Bockman’s Euphio has 11 home-brewed tracks to choose from. Recording and producing this second album in their newly constructed home studio, Bockman’s was able to devote the time and attention necessary to get it right.

A majority of the songs included on the new album were developed throughout the year 2003 while constantly touring the Midwest. Fortunately, Bockman is the kind of band that shows their strengths in the studio and on stage. What cannot be captured in the studio, Bockman delivers in their live performance mixing the essential ingredients of emotion, musicianship and creativity.

Bockman has performed at national festivals across the Midwest and will be returning to the High Sierra Music Festival in Quincy, California. The band will also be hosting the third annual Euphio Campout this summer in Lesterville, Missouri. When Bockman isn’t playing their own shows, they can be found performing as their alter ego in Joe Stickley’s Blue Print, an alt. Country-Americana outfit, which has a sound that has been described as Bob Dylan meets Fugazi. The many diverse elements of Bockman combined with their ability to book, manager, promote and record albums on their own have given the band the ability to stand on their own eight feet in a business that often seems impossible to survive in.

Bockman is Sean Canan on guitar, Danny Carroll on drums, Wil Reeves, on bass, and Andrew Weir on keyboards. Each individual’s sound holds strains of influence from the dozens of righteous musicians they have loved and left over their twenty-something-year-old love affair with music and the people who make it. Theirs is a sound in tribute to sound itself. Whether it be an impromptu acoustic sing-a-long or an ear-swelling harmonic crescendo, this foursome makes auditory love to each other. Without stepping on any toes or losing touch with the beat, their personal stylings seem to dance entwined, at once together and completely free. This is the unifying reality, the intangible quality that makes good musicians into a great band.