Bowling for Soup set to play Sokol Underground tonight

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By Krystal Sidzkyik, Senior Staff Writer

Bowling for Soup, the Grammy nominated  pop rock band from Texas, is hitting the road this week for their Midwest/Northeast U.S. tour in support of their latest album, “Fishin’ for Woos.” The tour kicked off in Lawrence, Kan., but the band will spend the second night of the tour in Omaha at Sokol Underground.

The tour also features two opening acts: Patent Pending and Freshman 15. Both acts follow the pop rock sound of Bowling for Soup.

“Fishin’ for Woos,” released in April of last year, is the band’s 11th studio album. Bowling for Soup has been around since 1994, which is pretty incredible given that a lot of bands seem to fall apart much sooner rather than later. But members Jaret Reddick, Chris Burney, Erik Chandler and Gary Wiseman have held strong as a band and are excited to hit the road again to play music and hang out with fans.

“Expect a good time,” Reddick said in a phone interview. “If you’ve seen us before, you know that anything can happen. I think that’s one of the cool things that keeps fans coming back to our shows. If you’ve seen us 10 times, you’ve never seen the same show and that’s something that’s important to us.”

The band believes in the “whatever happens, happens” philosophy. Ask any fan, and they will tell you that Bowling for Soup’s music is fun, upbeat and quirky, just like their personalities.

“We like to change it up and have a good time,” Reddick said. “Our shows are a lot more like hanging out with your friends than it is going to a huge rock show.”

Reddick and Chandler are hitting the road this week after recently returning from their third annual U.K. acoustic tour. The acoustic idea started as an experiment, but soon turned into a huge success.

“It’s really cool to play to a smaller audience and hear the audience singing every word to every song,” Reddick said. “All of [our] songs are written on an acoustic guitar, so it’s cool to break them all down and present them the way that they were written.”

Covering the entire U.S. during a tour can take a long time, unlike in the U.K., so doing an acoustic tour over there is much easier. But Reddick says one for the U.S. isn’t entirely out of the question.

“It might be something we entertain down the road,” Reddick said. “But as of right now, we’re finishing up touring for this album, and then we will have a new album out and it’s going to be time to start touring for that one. We will just have to see.”

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $17 or for $15 at ticketmaster.com, not including fees. Doors open at 7 p.m.

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