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BoDeans and Goran & Morgan of the Gufs

Presented by the Weill Center

Date: November 16, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm

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Individual Sponsor: Darrow & Dietrich Law Offices


Goran Kralj (vocals) and Morgan Dawley (guitar) are two members of The Gufs, a four-piece that began as a college bar band on the gritty Milwaukee music scene in the late 80s - eventually rising to musical prominence in the 90s with a major label deal on Atlantic Records, national touring and Alternative Radio play with songs such as “Smile” and “Crash into Me.” After multiple records and extensive touring the band went into relative musical seclusion in the early 2000s. While never disbanding, The Gufs, including bassist Dejan Kralj and drummer Scott Schwebel have been in and out of reclusion over the past two decades, reuniting only selectively for shows, one additional record, and their induction into the Wisconsin Music Hall of Fame.


Those who have followed BoDeans’ remarkable 30-year musical career know that their blend of compelling songs and high energy performances have retained an unpretentious rock & roll loyal following like no other. Best known for their catchy single, “Closer To Free,” the band’s accessible adult alternative sound has led to many a milestone, including a Rolling Stone Reader’s Poll for Best New American Band in 1987, and support slots with U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, The Pretenders, David Bowie and numerous others. Appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, ACL Festival and others followed, along with TV appearances on “Saturday NightLive,” “Letterman,” “Today,” “Imus,” CNN, and ESPN, to name a few. BoDeans have a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland as part of their Midwest Artists exhibit. After multiple chart-topping radio singles, and TV placements, BoDeans have defined a generation that embraced songs like “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Closer To Free,” “Stay,” and “All The World.” BoDeans signed their first recording contract with Slash/Warner Brothers Records in 1985 and their debut record, “Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams” was released May, 1986. Since then, they have released 12 studio albums with ten records that hit the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and numerous singles on the Mainstream Rock, Top 40 and Triple A radio charts.

Few would expect them to still be going strong – so many years after Wisconsin’s favorite musical sons first formed, but they’ve proved as energetic and determined as they did on day one. Their music isfeatured throughout the new Netflix original series, “The Ranch,” which features Sam Elliott, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson and Debra Winger. They have major festival dates confirmed for the summer, and a new single coming out that is sure to be another chart-topper.

BoDeans now reside in a small group of bands that have managed to survive the ups and downs of the industry, remaining true to their sound and their style, for 30 years, and show no signs of slowing down.



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