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Boo Bradley: Bio

“Boo Bradley is as warm and fun as blues acts come these days.” A.V. - The Onion

Boo Bradley is a good time two-man Hokum junk and jive orchestra who are as fun to watch as they are to listen to.  Meeting up in 2007, Boo Mullarky and Bradley Selz took to Madison, Wisconsin's illustrious  State Street with the full intention of bringing the rollicking sounds and antics of the early 20th century jug bands back to life.  They quickly became known as the go-to act for fun in the sun at Madison's legendary farmers' market. Soon they were being asked to perform at festivals and shows around the state, sharing the stage with well-known roots performers such as the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Frank Fairfield.  This refreshing “little jug band that could” features a delightfully rich and clunky sonic pallete that is sure to cure what ails you!

Boo is a one-human music machine all unto himself: steadily stomping an old parade drum with with one foot, snapping a tambourine with the other, giving a gratuitous car horn blast here and there, providing sassy brass section solos on kazoo..all while singing and fingerpicking along on a steel-bodied resonator guitar!                                                                                

Bradley is the duo's award-winning rhythmsmith.  He lets his thimble-clad digits dance away on a washboard bedecked with a curious assortment of kitchenware, bike bells and splash cymbal – a veritable xylophone of junk! 

Boo Bradley recently finished work on their 3rd album together - Rub Rub Rub. Opting to capture the vibrancy of their street-hewn sound  (without all the bus rumble!), they set up all their busking gear and some nice mics in the living room. Then proceeded to run through their favorite tunes from their set and produced 12 live  recorded tracks for the album. In keeping with their hand-made  approach to their artistry, they hand print every album using  block-cut stamps designed and carved by Boo himself.  Check  out the YouTube video on the process they use to hand produce  the Rub Rub Rub album:  youtube.com/watch?v=JlQmaOc0mzg

Venues and Settings Where Boo Bradley Has Performed

The Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI (Opener for The Carolina Chocolate Drops)

The National Jugband Jubilee 2013 and 2011, Louisville, KY

Annual Battle of the Jug Bands 2013, 2010-11, Minneapolis, MN; Boo Bradley - 1st Runner Up, Bradley Selz - Best Washboard Player

Bastille Days, Milwaukee WI

Orton Park Festival, Madison WI

The Alchemy Cafe, Madison, WI

The Argus Bar & Grill, Madison, WI

The Brink, Madison, WI

The Cactus Ranch, Madison, WI

Central Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled, Madison, WI

Come Back In, Madison WI

Dane County Farmers' Market 2004-2012, Madison, WI

The Eldorado Grill, Madison, WI

The High Noon, Madison, WI

La Petite Day Care, Madison, WI

The Lazy Oaf Lounge, Madison, WI

Mother Fools, Madison, WI

NORML Functions, Madison, WI

Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI

Tex Tubb's Taco Palace, Madison, WI

The Up North Pub, Madison, WI

UW Blues Fest 2008-2011, Madison WI

UW Rathskeller in the Memorial Union, Madison, WI

UW Terrace at Memorial Union, Madison, WI

The Weary Traveler, Madison, WI

The Shamrock II, Astico, WI

Cambria Park Days, Cambria, WI

Cafe Carpe, Fort Atkinson, WI

Fox Lake Concerts in the Park, Fox Lake, WI

Green Bay Botanical Gardens, Green Bay, WI

The Harmony Cafe, Green Bay, WI

The Coffee Pot, Kenosha, Wi

TG's Restaurant & Pub, Kenosha, WI

The Root Note, La Crosse, WI

Tyranena Brewing Company, Lake Mills, WI

The Waterfront Bar & Grill, Menomonie, WI

Baumgartner's Cheese Store and Tavern, Monroe, WI

Earth Fest 2011, Sheboygan, WI

The Green Room, Sheboygan, WI

Paradigm Coffee and Music, Sheboygan, WI

Symco Shakedown (Traditional Style Hot Rod Show & Fest) 2010 & 2011, Symco, WI

Trempealeau Hotel, Trempealeau, WI

Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL

Rachel's Cafe, Bloomington, IN

Monk's Kaffee Pub, Dubuque, IA

Isabella's, Dubuque IA

The Corner Door, Louisville, KY

Neutral Ground Coffe House, New Orleans, LA

Fitger's Brewhouse, Duluth, MN

331 Club, Minneapolis, MN

Acadia Cafe, Minneapolis, MN

The Cabooze, Minneapolis, MN

Red's Lounge, Clarksdale, MS

Cafe Mundi, Austin, TX

Wunsche Bros. Cafe & Saloon, Spring, TX 

Weddings

Private Parties