Busman's Holiday
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Busman's Holiday

Bloomington, IN | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | INDIE

Bloomington, IN | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Pop Chamber


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"Indiana Public Media Interview with BH"

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/ - IPM

"BH on Radio Playlists"

BH on a number of radio playlists here http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=2248593421&topic=8666 - WIUX

"Review of BH Show"

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 - IDS

"BH's Pink Couch Session"

Check out all them glowing reviews! And views! Right?! http://www.ifyoumakeit.com/video/busmans-holiday/-mr-spaceman/ - If You Make It

"BH at CATS Studios"

Here the band performs "God Only Knows" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_9Vt-80_Q0 - CATS

"BH Live at the Green Line"

Here a fan is moved to start filming the band. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-j_zFT0ROJo&feature=related - LargeMarge

"What Common Folks Say"

Want to see what clubs and fans think? Visit www.myspace.com/busmansholiday - Indiana

"Busman's Holiday hits Fringe"

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.

- CultureWeek http://cultureweek.com/?p=59

"Emerging Arts Spotlight"

The Bloomington Area Arts Council is proud to present the productions in

The 2007-2008 Performance Series:
"Spotlight on the Arts"

Busman's Holiday
Friday, September 1 @7pm & 10pm
Live Music
Location: Waldron Rose Firebay
Tickets: TBA

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!

- The BAAC

"Crowd Pleasers"

Local musicians work together for Eco-benefit and hit all the right chords with crowd... - http://www.golocalrock.com/holly/fadedframe/crowd_pleasers.pdf


Of The Times Gone By And The Times Still HeldWords by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry
Listening to a Busman's Holiday song is like hearing a symphony being played by a roasting fireplace, the combusting and disintegrating pieces of wood acting as all the players, along with the conductor and the theater it's taking place inside. The music comes out calmly, but sometimes surprisingly hot and jumpy from the embers, but always mindful of its purpose and its posture. It speaks in its own language and it's there, undeniably, for providing such comfort that's not at all replicable by anything else. It creates a feeling of the smallest of worlds, a world that could be made up of just two individual people, intent on consuming an evening, receiving all of the heat that this particular fire could ever give to them and in reading by that orange light, satisfied with a hand in a hand and a mellow drink resting next to the other hand, relaxing into a depressed pit on the arm of the sofa. It's music that makes us instantly melancholy and at the same exact time, appreciate the fullness of life and what's still to come.

Lewis and Addison Rogers, the brothers and two singers and songwriters for this Bloomington, Indiana, band have an uncanny knack for good feelings, even in the face of this kind of melancholic filter. They are good - filled with good, good hearts and that blinding and welcome cheeriness - and therefore they insist upon the warmth of those fires and not a passing thought that someday those fires will come to their ends and the cold air will rush back into the den where they sit. This does not occur to the Rogers boys and their songs are gorgeous and brilliantly construed as romancing the rapid progression of people suddenly finding themselves smitten with the other and waking up with aching joints, on the furthest side of youth, but still looking at each other with that twinkle in the eye that says something along the lines of, "It's been fun, hasn't it kiddo."

Busman's Holiday songs are framed by a sensation of graceful aging and they come at us like the kinds of songs that Cary Grant would have written in his older years, looking back fondly on the times gone by. These are songs about love, for love and they tend to wash us up in their innocence. They make us believe that putting the right hand within one of our nervous free hands could be all that will ever matter to us and it will make us whole and happy forever after. Lewis and Addison Rogers make us wholeheartedly believe that this one act could make us feel like we all have an ice cream cone in our hands and we'll feel like that until the sun explodes out of the sky. - Daytrotter


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.



Busman's Holiday are the Rogers brothers, Lewis and Addison, hailing from the American midwest.  With two studio albums to their credit and a third on the way, theirs is a music rich in storytelling, melodious harmonies and impassioned, joyous performances.  It draws upon moments of heightened emotion, experiences by men and women they have known and imagined. 

 Busman's Holiday has been touring the country for over 10 years, most recently with bands such as Saint Seneca and Kishi Bashi.  Born performers, their trademark improvisational banter on stage is contrasted with their commitment to the performance and their music.   In live concert, they meld guitar, drumkit, and two voices into a wide range of moods and styles.  Constantly experimenting to find new textures between their preferred acoustic instruments, they strive to innovate, while returning to what has always brought them pleasure; melody.   

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