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"Bowser Band in Milwaukee"

Over the past 10 years, the Midwest based Bowser band has gone from performing on the streets of Madison, WI through the various bars and clubs all over the Midwest. Finally the band found themselves this past year headlining the Refugee Stage at Milwaukee’s (and the worlds largest) music festival, Summerfest. This band continues to blaze a trail forward in the name of Wisconsin music. Luke Abler, Jon Prigge, John Selak, Owen Mooney and drummer Charles Ehlenbeck return to Milwaukee Friday Jan 29th as the core of string slingers, harmonious vocalists, and all out rock n roll jam collaborators of the electric spirit which make up the Bowser Band.

They will be performing at The Up and Under Pub, located at 1216 E. Brady St. The show starts at 10pm.

Blending their own twisted roots of Wisconsin music in a fierce and fiery alchemy, this unique bunch of friends dig into a revival of engaging electric guitar, raging piano and soulful singing and spirit. Collaborative sing along chorus’s and very soulful three-part harmonies co-mingle with a scorching lead guitar, wailing harmonica, and a foot tapping bass line to an escalating synergy that seems to burst from both stage and speaker with aural aplomb.

All at once, fresh and vibrant, yet somehow strangely familiar, The Bowser Band covers a lot of ground both stylistically and lyrically. From the opening salvo of “Apricot Sensimilla” their songs tend to rip through the speakers with a guitar and piano soaked exhortation to all listeners. A new soon to be a released radio single “Good Night Mr. Willis” brings the party as it celebrates true community spirit in an almost 1970 Joe Cocker/Leon Russell -style “Mad Dogs at Englishmen” type feel. Other crowd/fan favorites like “Spunomi” and “Nicholas the Pufferfish” serve as catalyst pieces to sets as they ponder the prospect of slipping into a space time warp with no intention of exiting. In mentioning another ode to the early 1970’s recording artists and era. Singer Songwriter Neil Young featured the Bowser song “Lt. Dan” from their self titled 2007 debut on his Living with War website!

The Bowser band continues to further unite their passion for music with an aim toward radical localism. They play relentlessly both on their own and with friends. Recently members collaborated with the likes of Motown singer/songwriter John Hoier who has worked with many artists from The Turtles to the likes of Gun’s N Roses. Since forming in 2000, the band’s eclectic musical style provides a flexibility that allows them to perform at all types of venues. From rock clubs to festivals, they have played over 250 shows in 2009/2010 alone, including performances at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Wisconsin’s own annual Feel Good Festival, The Nomad Music Experience and they recently headlined the 20th Annual Earthfest celebration in Sheboygan County.

The band also devotes the month of November to the “NOMAD Music Experience” a unique musical fundraiser dedicated to raising awareness and education about local sustainability and renewable energy. NOMAD is also the band’s way of giving back to the community by doing a food donation to the local Salvation Army.

So please come out and support your Wisconsin Musicians as they take the stage at one of Milwaukee’s premier music venues for hot and up and coming bands, The Up and Under Pub, 1216 East Brady St, Milwaukee, Wi /10pm Showtime.. You can find more music, show dates, and the history of the band at
Saturday, January 29th, 2011
Starts at 10:00 PM
- The Journal Times

"Bowser Brings Bite and Bark to Union"

"...bringing in some of the Underground’s largest crowds. The so-called “cult like” following that the Grateful Dead and Phish are known for" - UW Oshkosh Advance Titan


Bowser - "Bowser" - 2007 (Homegrown Records)



For nearly 11 years now, Bowser has been performing for audiences throughout the state of Wisconsin. Founded in a dusty basement in 2000, founding members Luke Abler (guitar/vocals), Owen Mooney (keys/vocals), and Brian Wieland (drums) started what has evolved as the Bowser we know today. Shortly after, the trio added Wieland's brother Derek to fill the low-end of the spectrum (bass/vocals). For roughly 3 years, Bowser performed throughout the state and added two members to round out their signature sound: Charles Ehlenbeck (drums) and Jon Prigge (harmonica/vocals). After the tragic loss of Derek Wieland in a serious car accident, the band was forced to either evolve or end. After some time off of performing, the band began practicing with current bassist John Selak. The band would perform consistently for several years…honing their musical “chops” and expanding their repertoire. In the winter/spring of 2007, the band began working on their first studio album which was released in summer. It was a culmination of what the band had achieved and accomplished throughout their upbringings. Since then, Bowser has performed regularly at festivals, venues, and parties throughout Wisconsin to the delight of many. The band gathers their influences from the likes of Phish, The Grateful Dead, The Band, Zappa and Umphrey’s McGee, just to name a few. Rooted strongly in rock n’ roll / psychedelic / jam experimentation, fans never know quite what to expect at any given Bowser show. One can expect to hear a healthy mix of original material and cover tunes that are generally drawn from one of Bowser’s several different musical influences. But what truly sets Bowser apart from other acts it that when Bowser comes to town, they set the musical backdrop for an all-out party where people can mingle, have a good time, and forget about life for a while…