Vaudeville: A Minneapolis Masquerade

By Samantha Wilson

Unlike the early 20th century variety show, Vaudeville is an alt-rock 5-piece, based in Minneapolis. Their name precedes their theatrical sound and performance. The band includes founder Chris Gummeson (vocals, keys), Chris Schara (lead guitar, aux. vocals), Timmy Kosel (bassist, production), John “Jimbo” Olson (drummer, percussion), and newest member Scott “Rabbi” Bourbon (guitar).


All band members have come from different musical backgrounds, giving varied shades to their music. Vaudeville’s sound is reminiscent of Muse lyrically, paired with early-2000s rock greats, such as My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy. Their latest album, Masquerade Pt. 2, is very dynamic, and has the clear accessible vocals and lyrics of arena rock. They have gained a lot of traction in the past few years through their strong live performances and the success of their latest albums. At home in Minneapolis they have a loyal fanbase, and in 2012 they played a sold-out release show for their album,Vendetta.


Since the formation of the band they’ve had the opportunity to share the stage with KISS, Megadeth, and Slash during RockFest 2013. They’ve also appeared on various indie-rock compilations. As of more recently they won the opportunity to open for Steel Panther through a Minneapolis battle of the bands. They tour periodically, and you can check their site to see when they will be in a city near you. As an unsigned band, the amount of success they have received is a triumph to the independent music scene, and a tribute to Minneapolis’ support of local music.

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