Armchair Boogie is a 4-piece Bluegrass/Folk band formed in the heart of Central Wisconsin. Conceived and brought to life by Ben Majeska (guitar/vocals) and Augie Dougherty (banjo/vocals) in the Fall of 2014.
Their Main Street porch performances in Stevens Point, WI made up their first venue, and soon took on the name “Armchair Boogie”. The only thing missing was a rhythm section to drive the genre-bending sound. Eli Frieders (bass) and Dan Waterman (drums) held down the beat until Denzel Connor took over behind the kit in Spring 2017.
Summer, 2017 also marks a transition to the Madison area which is currently home base. Armchair Boogie released their debut self-titled album in the spring of 2018 and continue to create, share, and promote their funky brand of bluegrass across the midwest and beyond.
Augie Dougherty (Banjo, Harmonica)
Drawn to the sounds of bluegrass music at a young age and gifted a banjo from his mother at the age of 14. It didn’t take long for him to pick up the guitar and songwriting as well.
Many different genres of music influence his playing but the classic masters of bluegrass banjo stand out – but can’t deny an old-school rock & roll edge. Augie spent 3 years performing with the Alt-Rock band, The Hi Matics while attending college at UWSP.
Hometown: Dodgeville, Wisconsin
Favorite Beer: New Glarus – Moon Man
Eli Frieders (Bass)
Broad and in-depth are two ways to describe the breadth of Eli’s musical appreciation. Jazz saxophone aspirations lead Eli to attend UW-Stevens Point and soon became involved with the blossoming music scene. This included performing with many bands and a heavy involvement with college radio, WWSP 90FM. Eli is single and a perfect gentleman.
Hometown: Weston, WI
Favorite Beer: Hamms
Ben Majeska (Guitar)
Ben developed a love for music early on in life when he started playing guitar at the age of 7. He was introduced to bluegrass and funk music in high school and found those genres to be his niche on the fretboard. At the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point he worked as the concerts coordinator on campus while forming two bands: Armchair Boogie and The Rumble Roots (a funk/ jam band). Ben remains totally immersed in music by handling booking for the Boogie and working as the administrative assistant for Blue Sun Entertainment.
Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI
Favorite Beer: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Denzel Connor (Drums)
Growing up in a family of musicians, Denzel has been playing the piano and drums since he can remember and has recently picked up the guitar and bass as well. Dabbling in many genres has made Denzel comfortable in many musical settings.
Hometown: Richland Center, WI
Favorite Beer: Bourbon Barrel Cassian Sunset