Neumann and Llanas of the BoDeans Take the Stage at DCA

One of the premier American roots/rock bands, the BoDeans has endured for nearly 25 years based on the musical partnership of Kurt Neumann and Sammy Llanas. The Door County community has a chance to see this duo in concert on Saturday, October 17 at 8 pm at Fish Creek’s Door Community Auditorium.

Kurt Neumann (vocals and electric guitar) and Sammy Llanas (vocals and acoustic guitar) initiated their musical relationship as students in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Songwriters as well as musicians, Neumann and Llanas penned songs that showcased their individual talents in a blended sound that resonated with their fans. Fronted by Neumann and Llanas, the BoDeans became popular on Milwaukee’s East Side – as well as grabbed the attention of T-Bone Burnett, who produced their first album

The BoDeans’ critically acclaimed debut album Love and Hope and Sex and Dreams, released in 1986, propelled them into the spotlight when the recording broke Billboard’s Top 100. Within months of the album’s release, a Rolling Stone magazine reader poll voted The BoDeans “Best New American Band.”

Continuing their melodic rock sound, the BoDeans released Outside Looking in 1987; Home followed in 1989 and Black and White two years later. When the BoDeans band took a hiatus from recording and performing in the late 1990s, Neumann and Llanas recorded individual solo albums. But, as Neumann has explained of The BoDeans re-emergence, “We realized that the sound we made together was bigger than the sound we made apart.”

In 2004, The BoDeans released Resolution on Rounder Records; the single “If It Makes You” ranked among the Top Ten on the charts. Following Homebrewed: Live From The Pabst, Neumann and Llanas devoted the next two years to writing and recording. Still, released last year on The BoDeans own label, reflects the difference in the two writers/musicians. Most recently the BoDeans have re-released their debut album in a deluxe edition that includes unreleased tracks and a 1985 concert in DVD. The band’s most recent project is a new album due later this year.

Tickets for the BoDeans are $45 and $38, and are available at the Door Community Auditorium box office, via, or by calling 920.868.2728.