Riot Fest Presents
The Bouncing Souls, Blind Adam and The Federal League, Vic Ruggiero
with The Bouncing Souls, Blind Adam and The Federal League, Vic Ruggiero
Sat 03/09/2024 8:00 pm CST (Doors: 7:00 pm )
All Ages
The Bouncing Souls
Blind Adam and The Federal League
ounded in 2017 in Chicago, Blind Adam and the Federal League has developed into something of an anti-fascist punk rock family band. Founding members (Blind) Adam Gogola and Alex Simotes turned a handful of Adam’s acoustic demos into what would become the band’s self titled debut LP before playing a single show. By 2019 the band had played all over the midwest on regional tours, small festivals, and as support for Ben Nichols (Lucero), Ever Clear, Bowling for Soup, CJ Ramone, Dog Party, and more.

After several lineup changes and a 7” on A-F Records, the band headed to Pittsburgh to record An Act of Desperation with Chris “2” Barker as producer/engineer. The plan was to release An Act of Desperation in early summer 2020 and spend the year on the road, but plans changed with Covid-19. The band quickly shifted gears to support mutual aid and survival programs, hosting a nine-week livestream series raising over $10,000 for community relief efforts. The band spent 2020 and 2021 in the streets in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter uprisings and mutual aid projects around Chicago. With the fall 2021 release of An Act of Desperation, the Federal League played a handful of shows around the midwest with bands like The Copyrights, The Dopamines, and The Eradicator. The Bouncing Souls invited the band to join their spring 2022 tour alongside Pkew Pkew Pkew, but Covid-19 cases forced both openers to cut the tour short.

The band started 2023 in Asbury Park to record their third full-length album with Pete Steinkopf of The Bouncing Souls. Later that year, the project was picked up by Bypolar Records and slated for a November 3 release. Blind Adam and the Federal League will once again play Fest in Gainsville just before then and hit the road with the Bouncing Souls in December.

Vic Ruggiero