Bowling for Soup to play Apple Harvest Festival in Southington Saturday

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SOUTHINGTON — Bowling for Soup is playing the Apple Harvest Festival on Saturday, part of the evening entertainment that concludes with fireworks.

“We’re a good time, and we’ll have some fun with the audience,” said Jaret Reddick, lead singer and band songwriter, during an interview with “On the Record: Music.” “Nobody ever goes to a Bowling for Soup show and leaves unhappy.”

The influential pop-punk band formed in 1994 and reached mainstream success in the mid-2000s with hits like “1985,” "Girl All The Bad Guys Want” and “High School Never Ends.”

While the adults might sing along to the band’s radio hits, kids may recognize the theme song of TV show “Phineas and Ferb,” called "Today Is Gonna Be a Great Day."

Reddick said it’s all part of the fair environment.

“It’s fun for me to see families out there,” he said. “When we play ‘Phineas and Ferb,’ to see the kids singing along, and then ‘1985’ you see the whole family singing along. I enjoy that, and I enjoy how different that crowd is from what our normal crowd is.”

The band tours a lot. This year, they played the final Warped Tour during the summer and several shows in Europe.

The band’s international popularity and longevity came together with a fan-created, crowdfunded jukebox musical based on the songs of Bowling for Soup that’s slated to open in Bristol, England this fall.

“It’s fun stuff,” Reddick said, “because he has some of these (songs), you don’t think you’ll ever see as your music be turned into a musical.”

Bowling For Soup is slated perform at 7:45 p.m. Saturday on the main stage.

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