You Oughta Know

Throwback 90s Jams

You Oughta Know began in 2007 when a few college friends in Madison, Wisconsin bonded over mutual love of the gaudy and great music of their childhood. It didn't take long before bars were packed with fans belting the words to Alanis, The Spice Girls, TLC, and Weezer. Folks went separate ways after graduation, but the burn for 90s-ness followed a few of the founding members to Minneapolis. The band was reformed adding in immense new talent and You Oughta Know quickly started selling out quality venues like Icehouse and The Uptown VFW in addition to thrilling wedding parties and summer festival-goers. Watching the band play, it becomes very clear that this is a labor of love for everyone involved. The crowd can feel that positive energy and something special is shared. Come see for yourself.

You Oughta Know began in 2007 when a few college friends in Madison, Wisconsin bonded over mutual love of the gaudy and great music of their childhood. It didn't take long before bars were packed with fans belting the words to Alanis, The Spice Girls, TLC, and Weezer. Folks went separate ways after graduation, but the burn for 90s-ness followed a few of the founding members to Minneapolis. The band was reformed adding in immense new talent and You Oughta Know quickly started selling out quality venues like Icehouse and The Uptown VFW in addition to thrilling wedding parties and summer festival-goers. Watching the band play, it becomes very clear that this is a labor of love for everyone involved. The crowd can feel that positive energy and something special is shared. Come see for yourself.

MEET THE BAND

Sarah Adams - Lead Vocals

 

As a young girl growing up in the rough and tumble streets of Orono, Minnesota, Sarah took refuge in the arts to avoid the gangs. It was her icons, Ariel, Belle, and Jasmine, who would keep her on the straight and narrow. And through years of choirs, operas, collegiate acapella groups and a very failed Zeppelin cover band, Sarah honed her craft. So when the boys of You Oughta Know walked into a karaoke bar looking for a singer only to see Sarah doing full-time, powerhouse, juicy justice to the likes Whitney and Mariah, they knew they'd found their leader.

Victor Johnson - Keyboards, Vocals, Musical Director

 

Victor was born in the musical mecca of Detroit, Michigan then quickly moved to the musical un-mecca of Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a teenager (No offense Mil-Town, its Motown). And you wouldn't think it from his "I successfully work in IT" looks now, but 90s Victor had 14 piercings and a touring metal band. No mercy, heck yeah. As musical director of You Oughta Know, Victor arranges 5-part Bohemianly Rhapsodic harmonies, hones in on juuuuust the right oboe keyboard tones for Kiss From a Rose, and creates silkened medleys from one 90s gem to the next. When he's not accurately playing the harmonica solo from "Hook", Victor plays with Afro-Cuban project Malamanya, the internationally-acclaimed Nachito Herrera Orchestra, and The Big Strong Men. 

Marc Zazzaro - Guitar, Vocals

 

Growing up far away from the wondrous music of America in Switzerland, it's a modern miracle that Marc even knows who Joey Lawrence is. Quickly upon moving Stateside as a 12-year old in Connecticut, 90s Marc went goth and began getting deep into his "shredding" phase, one that endures to this day despite sadly losing the black fingernail polish and spiked chokers. You Oughta Know was in fact mostly Marc's idea when he realized in college that the soundtrack from his youth from Meredith Brooks to K-Ci and Jojo could all be "demonstrably improved" with soaring guitar face-melters. He was right then, he's even rightier now. Marc leads the local band Grammar in addition to composing original audio for visual media.

Tony Schreiner - Bass, Talkbox

 

"If it's not funky, take it to the curb and squish it." Tony's life motto was honed growing up on the Southside of Minneapolis where a blend of hip hop, punk, R&B, afro-cuban, and pop blended into a unique score that would influence his life's work as a musician and recording engineer. 90s Tony learned these lessons they way we all might hope to learn anything: wearing acid-washed Jnco jeans and constantly calling things "dope". Well squish it Tony did, founding the successful afro-cuban project Malamanya who has performed all over the world. He applies that sense of rhythm and style to You Oughta Know, making Mmmbop that much more MMM-y. 

Joe Silberschmidt - Drums, Vocals

 

90s Joe spent perhaps too much of his time rolling up the rugs at mom's house in Northeast Minneapolis, listening to Bad and Dangerous by Michael Jackson, and trying to moonwalk. But, face it, there are far worse ways to spend a youth. Drumming came rather naturally after growing up boogie-ing to the King of Pop. Throw in joining every band started by a neighborhood kid with an idea and a basement and Joe learned to play ska, rock, reggae, hip hop, and jazz. And so it is a reverence for the many manic genres of the 90s and a slow-jam-loving soulfulness that Joe brings to You Oughta Know. When not playing Jock Jams, Joe can be seen playing with The Big Strong Men, running an urban farm and kimchi company, and generally overextending.