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May 18 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets $25.00 Advance / $30.00 Day Of Show
Doors open at 7PM.

General Admission

The Barrymore Theatre presents
105.5 Triple M, WORT 89.9 FM, The Isthmus, and Capital Brewery welcome





and special guests PHIL GNARLY & THE TOUGH GUYS more special guests TBA

Tickets $25.00 Advance / $30.00 Day Of Show


ROUSER (rouz*er) n. 1. one who stirs up or excites: causes others to be excited. 2. one who wakes

By definition the Rousers live up to their name. The six member group’s show stopping stage presence has excited audiences regularly throughout the Midwest for the past 35 years. The Rousers have performed at many clubs and festivals around the country and have been a crowd favorite at every show.

Although they all now call Madison, Wisconsin home, most of the members bring other regional influences to the group. Each of the six members has lists of bands they have played with while growing as musicians and fine-tuning their talents. When they came together in 1984, the sound they formed was a combination of, well …everything: deep rooted rock n’ roll, blues, country and even a little bit of swing.

Since the formation of the Rousers, the group has remained intact as they perform today with four of the original members. 2015 saw the addition of two new members, with Frank Queram stepping into the bass guitar slot, and Dave Benton bringing another guitar to the mix. This group creates songs that turn into magic when they perform them on stage. Whether it be the hard driving “Runaway Train” or the roadhouse piano flare of “Lightin’ Bolt”, each original Rousers song has layers of depth.
In 1991 the band recorded and produced their first full-length album, “Full Moon Bad Weather” in conjunction with producer Butch Vig. Past Rouser releases which include the EP “In Without Knocking”, and CDs “Full Moon Bad Weather” and “Rainbows End” capture the true essence of the Rousers.
On Saturday May 18th, 2019 the Rousers will celebrate 35 years of playing together at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, Wisconsin. As usual the Rousers will be performing many fan favorites, but they will also dig into the vault and play some songs that haven’t been performed live in over two decades. Joining them onstage will be The Phat Phunktion Horns and some very special guests who have performed and recorded with the band over the years. Phil Gnarly & The Tough Guys will be opening the show. It promises to be a special night.

The Rousers are also excited to announce that independent film maker Tim Spellman will be professionally filming the May 18th Barrymore show in its entirety. The concert footage will be used to help document the Rousers incredible 35 year journey of rock and roll. Here’s your chance to see the Rousers high energy show at one of Madison’s most iconic venues, and maybe also appear in a movie. Wear your favorite Rousers shirt.

From Ernie’s rocking guitar riffs to Frank’s soulful harmonica and singing style, to the rhythmic drumming of Lee’s downbeat complete with Frank Queram’s driving bass, and the flavoring of Don’s honky-tonk piano and Dave’s steady rhythm guitar, you can’t go wrong with this combination. The party doesn’t start until the Rousers get there.