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The Gufs

The Gufs


September 11 - 6:00 PM @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

The Gufs

Started on the gritty but thriving Milwaukee music scene in 1988, Morgan Dawley (guitar), Dejan Kralj (bass), Goran Kralj (vocals, piano, guitar), and Scott Schwebel (drums) - later joined by Brian Pettit (percussion) - all the original members today - The Gufs, were born from a college dorm room.

Years spent filling clubs around the Midwest, in combination with recording a handful of indie albums that made waves on college radio, eventually led The Gufs to a major label recording contract with Atlantic Records in the mid 90s. After two albums (“The Gufs” 1995, “Holiday from You” 1999),  radio hits “Smile,” "Crash Into Me,” singles “Lost Along the Way,”  and “Stuck,”  coupled with extensive national touring the band decided to part ways with Atlantic and went into relative musical seclusion.

The Gufs have reunited only selectively since the early 2000s. In 2006 they released a full length studio album “A Different Sea” on their imprint Red Submarine Records, followed by a series of outdoor shows with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (2007), a 20th retrospective performance (2008), an induction appearance into the Wisconsin Music Hall of Fame (2012), THIRTY, two sold-out anniversary shows at The Pabst Theater in December of 2018 and an encore performance in 2019. During the pandemic of 2020 the band found innovative ways to stay creative and connected to each other and music - still after three-plus decades - writing, recording, and releasing a series of singles without ever being in the same room, studio, or state.

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