Welcome Back, Lou Brutus!

Rock Fest 2018 will be again hosted by Lou Brutus, his fifth year doing so. Lou is excited to be back.

“Rock Fest is one of the highlights of my entire year. It’s an incredible festival with a stellar line up and throngs of people who love & live music,” he told us earlier today.

About Lou Brutus

Lou Brutus, self-titled Sonic Warrior and Professional Music Fan, has been one of the most acclaimed radio hosts of the last two decades.

Through his twenty-one plus years of national syndication and successful work in Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Providence, he is an instantly recognized voice to radio listeners across the U.S.

Lou and his trusted companion, Darla the Wonder Dog.

Brutus has garnered tremendous amounts of positive press for both his intensely creative on air work and ground breaking original programming… all without ever running afoul of the F.C.C. Publications such as Rolling Stone, USA Today and Entertainment Weekly have sung the praises of his work.

He was named The Best Nationally Syndicated DJ in America by his peers at the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 at the Rock Radio AwardsHe is the only winner in the history of those awards. Lou has also won or been nominated for a long list of other honors.

Whenever asked what he does for a living Lou simply answers, “I’m a professional music fan.”

Brutus is considered to be one of the finest interviewers in music media. His deep knowledge of multiple genres has made him a favorite of artists as diverse as Metallica, Disturbed, Reba McEntire, Theory of A Deadman, Smashing Pumpkins, Avenged Sevenfold, Rush, Tool, Wynonna, Slipknot, A Perfect Circle, KISS, Rancid, Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Sour, Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones and 3 Doors Down.

hardDrive with Lou Brutus

His nationally syndicated “hardDrive with Lou Brutus” is now in its 23rd season. It airs on over 100 radio stations each week in the United States, Canada and Europe. It’s been instrumental in helping to break such platinum level acts as Five Finger Death Punch, KoRn, Slipknot, Disturbed, Halestorm and Godsmack. It has become radio’s preeminent Active Rock program. The weeknight version of the show, hardDrive XL, has also grown in reach and is heard on dozens of stations every Monday thru Friday night.

More than just Music

His creative flair has led him to national success as a performer in the Ohio State versus Michigan football rivalry band the Dead Schembechlers with whom he has appeared on HBO. Lou is the group’s lead singer, songwriter and official mouthpiece, Bo Biafra. He is the composer of the world’s first cow punk rock opera, Hee Haw Hell, which was recorded by legendary swamp rock band Dash Rip Rock. Additionally, he has several baseball inspired pieces he’s written and recorded featured on the Diamond Cuts album series, which he released under the moniker of Lou Brutus and the Perfect Pachydermus Percussion Pitches. His latest musical foray is as the creator and lead singer of the Grumpy Old Punks, which he describes as “middle age punk rock rage.” Their self titled debut album “Grumpy Old Punks” was released in 2011 with the follow up “Anarchy in the Prostate” in 2012. In 2014 the group put out a holiday tune “You Get Nothing (For Christmas)” as well as balls out, one and a half minute cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” In 2015, they released their t

hird EP “Driving Around with the Blinker On.” Also in 2015, Lou released the spoken word with music story “Me and Bill Murray” on YouTube and iTunes.

He has also produced his own series of comic books, “The Adventures of Brutusman,” as well as bottled his own line of micro brewed beers “Lou-in-Brau” and “Brew Loutus Ale.”

Recently, Lou published a coloring book entitled “Yorkie Submarine.” It stars his beloved yorkiepoo Darla the Wonder Dog in a parody of The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” The book features incredible artwork by Lou’s longtime graphic artist Alan MacBain. It tells the story of how Pupperland is invaded by the wicked Blue Kitties whom Darla must defeat. It is available as a free download from loubrutus.com.

“Yorkie Submarine,” published by Lou, is a coloring book starring his beloved yorkie Darla the Wonder Dog in a parody of The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.”


In what little spare time he has Lou is an accomplished photographer including on field for Major League Baseball.  His music photography has been used by Gibson Guitars, Washburn Guitars, Cheap Trick, Skillet, Stone Sour, Halestorm and many others. Additional images from Lou have graced magazine covers as well as having been used by National Geographic, Huffington Post, Getty Images, The Associated Press, BBC Science Focus, Zaikei News of Japan, The Global Times of China, aeroTelegraph of Germany, iHeart Media, Lighthouse Digest and others.

His music photography has been used by Gibson Guitars, Washburn Guitars, Cheap Trick, Skillet, Stone Sour, Halestorm and many others.

Lou Brutus shoots photography at Rock Fest 2016. This year will be Lou’s fifth year hosting Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis.


Brutus is currently working on three different books. The first is a coffee table book of his music memorabilia collection entitled One Man – Three Thousand Concerts: The Greatest Collection of Rock & Roll Shit in History, the second is a book of Rock N Roll war stories entitled “SONIC WARROR: My Life As A Rock and Roll Reprobate – Tales of Sex, Drugs, and Vomiting At Inopportune Moments” while the third is a baseball themed children’s book illustrated by Alan MacBain. Lou is represented in the literary world by D4EO Literary Agency.

He works around the clock seven days a week, apparently needing very little sleep, living on black coffee and loud music.

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