BADGEMEN ARE: John Lewis - Vocals and Percussion Dave Woolever - Guitar and Vocals Nik Dugo - Bass It started with two friends, music and a dream... John and Dave had been playing and writing together since they were in the ninth grade. They formed a band high school following the Seattle explosion. Soon after, Dave went to college in Pennsylvania and John stayed in New York. Though they were 150 miles apart Dave continued to write songs and John lyrics. When school finally ended John and Dave formed an acoustic duo, creatively titled 'The John and Dave Show'. They were sick of recording on a portable cassette player and decided to work with Nik, who was putting together a digital recording studio in his home, to record a three song demo. Nik worked diligently on the demo, and he was asked to put bass tracks on it. Oh yeah, he can play bass. Nik was asked to play the demo release party, and two subsequent shows. Soon after, it was evident that his bass talent would be a great addition to the group. Adding Nik to the 'John and Dave Show' completed the trio. The Badgemen were forged in February 2004 and the mold was broken. With the May 2005 release of their debut album, Mosaic, the Badgemen are embarking on their greatest journey yet...spreading their music to the masses. In just over a year, this laid back rock/reggae trio from Western New York has a following in and just outside of it's small town beginnings. Playing in bars, at parties, coffee houses, and college venues, has inspired them to take their music seriously. 'We've sent people home with stitches at our shows,' say's John, the voice of the band referring to a bar incident where a female fan fell while dancing. 'We've seen some skin as well,' as he talked of the nude crowd surfing while playing at a University. They are even known to make the crowd erupt in laughter with their onstage banter. They are just beginning to show their potential at shows and they want to keep the musical train rolling. The future looks bright for these blossoming musicians from upstate.
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