Over 300 shows in 17 states since 2007, Shaggy Wonda personifies the hard working, independent, weekend warrior band. Their high energy and diverse brand of Rock n Roll cannot be limited to a simple ‘sounds like’ statement. Shaggy Wonda’s influences range from jazz to classic rock, reggae to bluegrass, and all points in between. Their strong song writing is a blend of musicianship, melody, and emotion, reminiscent of decades past. These attributes have gained them a dedicated fan base throughout the Midwest which continues to grow. Shaggy Wonda, Rock n Roll with an old school attitude.
Forming in the great college town of Bloomington, In, Shaggy Wonda cut its teeth in the live music clubs around town. In 2007 they released their first studio album, ‘Not Bad For Tuesday’. Always trying to hype their shows the band rented a tour bus and road around campus with billboard sized banners promoting the album release party. While the bus was a bit misleading it showed the band’s understanding that they had to set themselves apart from other acts through promotion.
In 2008 the band experienced a line up change losing a lead guitar player but gaining a lead saxophone player, Teddy Jones. With Teddy joining Panama, Steve, and Colby the band found its chemistry and sound. They soon began playing out of town more and building a name for themselves among live music circles. In May the band played its first major music festival, Summer Camp Music Festival. Always the shameless self-promoters the band blanketed the festival with over 5000 sampler demos. While working on gaining fans the band was also working on writing new material. At the end of the year the band went back into the studio to record their second full length album, ‘Real World Shaker’.
Upon release the band launched a college radio campaign that saw them get airplay on over 250 stations nationwide, charting in multiple markets.This exposure led to the band playing shows on the East Coast including Virginia, Vermont, and New York. The following spring the band toured down to Austin, Texas for an appearance at the South By Southwest festival. 2010 saw another appearance at Summer Camp Music Festival as well as headlining spots all over Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa including a New Years Eve show at the Crump Theater in Columbus, IN.
On top of their gig schedule and writing new material, 2011 has seen the band organize and throw its first festival, Greenstock, in Nashville, IN. For the event the band used its knowledge from running a contracting company during the week and constructed a new main stage almost entirely out of recycled lumber. Panama put it best saying, ‘What other band in the world would build its own stage?’ The stage and the event was just another example of the work ethic the group has collectively.
The band continues to grow musically and is working to gain the attention of the music industry in order to push to the next level. Like a family, Shaggy Wonda gains strength, tenacity, and determination from within and that will fuel the bands success.