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Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2008 10:00 pm

Foghat

Foghat began their musical career in 1971 as a bunch of "unpretentious young Brits with an affection for American blues and '50s rock 'n' roll," their Web site says. By the middle of the decade, they had evolved into a major touring and recording act, playing what they call a pumped-up brand of boogie-rock to huge audiences. Their looks grew flashier, their sound fattened and filled out, yet their roots-rock core of the band remained ever-present under the surface.

The original Foghat was made up of a tight-knit group in the 1960s: Lonesome Dave Peverett on lead vocals and guitar, Rod Price on lead guitar, Tony Stevan on bass and Roger Earl on drums.

Foghat's first album reached No. 127 on the U.S. album charts, with the single "I Just Want To Make Love To You" gaining them a bit of radio attention. The band quickly followed this up by recording and releasing "What A Shame," which crept up to No. 82.

After numerous band changes throughout the decades, Peverett formed a second band called Lonesome Dave's Foghat. Guitarist Brian Bassett, drummer Eddie Zyne (Hall and Oates), bassist Stephen Dees (Hall and Oates) and bassist Riff West joined the band.

The two versions of Foghat toured separately and the original Foghat was reformed in 1993 when Tony Stevens and Rod Price rejoined.

The band continues to play the basic blues/rock sound that they first found decades before.

Foghat's song, "Slow Ride," was featured in the movies "Dazed and Confused" and "Wild Hogs," starring John Travolta. In "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock," "Slow Ride" is considered one of the easiest songs to play.

Foghat is performing Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Budweiser Amphitheater.

Brian O'Neal and The Bus Boys

The Bus Boys are a premiere roots and rock 'n' roll band. Having created an American rock classic, "The Boys Are Back In Town."

It was in the early months of 1980, with the legendary Whisky A-Go-Go on the Sunset Strip, that a group of teenagers forever changed the direction of rock and roll. With a nod to past rock pioneers Chuck Berry and Little Richard, the Bus Boys took a step into the future. They were bold, irreverent and they rocked. It was an auspicious debut for the group who laid the foundation for acceptance of black rock-and-rollers who now regularly climb the charts.

The Bus Boys took rhythm and blues roots and fireballed them into a multi-dimensional rock 'n' roll career trail. Under the creative and musical leadership of founder Brian O'Neal, they lit up the big and small screen, full-tilted the concert stage and collected multitudes of fans. Their work has been released on four major label albums, including the multi-platinum soundtrack for "Ghostbusters." The group toured extensively, either headlining or co-headlining with many top acts, including Linda Ronstadt, Brian Setzer and The Stray Cats, ZZ Top and Eddie Murphy. On TV, they rocked "American Bandstand," "Soul Train," "Rock Concert" and "Saturday Night Live."

They are best known for their on-screen performance in the Eddie Murphy/Nick Nolte film "48 Hours." The performance of several original songs lit up the film, most notably the song destined to become a classic: "The Boys Are Back In Town."

Bryan O'Neal and The Busboys are performing Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. at the Budweiser Amphitheater.

Rose Royce

Several legendary hits recorded during Rose Royce's 29-year recording career are still currently playing on radio stations all over the world. These include such sensations as "Love Don't Live Here Anymore," "Do Your Dance," "I'm In Love," "I Wanna Get Next To You" and "Wishing On A Star."

Many artists have covered Rose Royce's songs, including "Car Wash" (Christina Aguilera/Missy Elliot), "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" (Madonna), "I'm Going Down" (Mary J. Blige), and "Wishing On A Star" (The Cover Girls, Teena Marie and Will Downing). In addition, Rose Royce tracks have been sampled by artists too numerous to list.

The music of Rose Royce has also been featured in many television shows and motion pictures including "The Simpsons," "Martin," "Airplane," "Friday," "The Mod Squad," "Money Talks," "Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle" and many others.

Rose Royce currently tours the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia. Rose Royce has played to many standing room only crowds all over the world.

The Grammy award-winning group has sold millions of copies of the albums "Car Wash," "In Full Bloom" and "Rose Royce Strikes Again," and is currently putting new material together for release later this year.

Rose Royce is performing Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Budweiser Amphitheater.

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