Getting all Foolish in Milwaukee

Fools for Rowan
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI

Fools for Rowan is:
Erin Mullins – Lead Vocals
Rachel Brandsness – Lead Guitar
Ryan Nanney – Rhythm Guitar/Background Vocals
Aaron Elliott – Bass
Jordan Cullen – Drums

Fools for Rowan at The Rave 4-16-2011

After hearing some good reviews about Fools for Rowan  and coming off the buzz from last year’s Summerfest set, I decided it was time to go check out this band of Fools. The Rave appeared somewhat strange due to a very young crowd gathering in the Bar Room to see a concert. At the same time, I was glad to see they chose to see a rock show over the Greyson Chance/Cody Simpson show playing in one of the other rooms.

With just one opening act – local band, Chasing Taylor – the members from Fools For Rowan started their set around 9:00 p.m. The one thing that stood out right away was the bands looks – from the good-looking men in the band, to the striking looks of Mullins, and the playful teasing of Brandsness’ girl-next-door look. As much as looks help a band, you still got to kill it on stage. This is one thing Fools For Raven does do.

Hearing their album is almost a complete opposite to seeing them live. While most bands sound better on an album, Fools for Rowan sounds ten times better live.  Mullins’ vocals are some of the best out there.  She has a wide range of emotions as she proved tonight from songs off their first album, Burnt Around the Edges, Tangled, and Living Dangerously, as well as doing cover songs, “Alone” by Heart, “Only Girl” by Rihanna, “Dream On” by Aerosmith, and the WTF moment of “Black & Yellow” by Wiz Khalifia, which they somehow pulled off. When you combine that with some killer chops from Brandsness’ guitar-playing & Nanney’s tight rhythm-playing, you can’t help but get sucked in.  Elliot and Cullen provide a solid one-two punch to round out the band.

As they ended the night, they played their hit, “Tangled,” followed by the Led Zeppelin hit, “Rock and Roll.” Being the headliners provided them the freedom to play a full set and close to 1 ½ hrs, which is impressive when most new bands might give you at most, 45 minutes on stage.
This is definitely a band to keep your eye on in the future and look forward to hearing what they do on a new future album. If you’re looking for a fun night-out and some good new music live, don’t be a fool and check out Fools for Rowan on tour.

Killed a Man
Take me Down
Living Dangerously
Isn’t it Enough
Light me up
Can’t Stop Me
I don’t have the strength
Alone (Heart Cover)
Wonderwall (Oasis Cover)
Medley of today’s pop hits
Burnt around the edges
It’s alright
Dream On (Aerosmith Cover)
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin Cover)

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written by Peter Lizano

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