Paradigm Coffee and Music 2102 N. 8th Street Sheboygan, WI
Tickets: Available Online in September
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On Friday, October 16, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Paradigm Coffee & Music will fill with the folkish, rockish, psychediaish, soulish sounds of the Wisconsin band PHOX. PHOX is performing as part of The Étude Sessions, an initiative to nurture live music as a fundraiser for The Étude Group schools in Sheboygan.
PHOX Born out of the circus capital Baraboo, Wis., PHOX dropped their self-titled debut album last summer. Since then their unique sound has filled and sold out such venues as the Pabst Theatre, Coachella Music Festival, and Summerfest. Named the band of the year at the 2015 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards, PHOX’s notoriety also lead to stints on “CBS This Morning” and TNT’s “Conen” and opening duties for such bands as the Lumineers and Blitzen Trapper.
Bandmates Matt Holmen, Zach Johnston, Jason Krunnfusz, Monica Martin, Davey Roberts and Matteo Roberts produce a mix of smooth melodies with honest lyrics that portray stories of growing up in a small Midwestern town. Songs like “Satyr and the Faun,” “1936,” and “Slow Motion” speak of moving in slow motion through a world full of lost love, deep roots, and new dreams.
THE ÉTUDE SESSIONS Proceeds from The Étude Sessions ensure transformative experiences for students in the arts and academics such as college readiness initiatives, international travel, and artist in residence programs, that would not otherwise be available to public school students. During the 2014-2015 season a portion of the funds helped send students on a service-learning trip to Nicaragua in June. Students envisioned their professional lives beyond high school through participation in creative writing festivals, dance workshops, and engineering in the community experiences. They also visited eight different colleges in Wisconsin, including Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Madison. The intention The Étude Sessions is to make these experiences accessible to all students in the Étude schools, 80% of whom are first generation college students and over 50% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch.
The Étude Sessions is the brainchild of Troy Tousey, founder of Open Mind Studios of Sheboygan, Wis. Troy, an avid community supporter and passionate live music fan, hosted house concerts in his backyard and attended hundreds of live performances during his years at Northwestern University, and while living in Colorado and Sheboygan. Troy was vice president of The Étude Group Governing Board, part of the Sheboygan Area School District, at the time of his death in June of 2012. Troy dreamed of presenting music like PHOX to Sheboygan to benefit the community, the music, and The Étude Group schools.
TICKETS Season Passes are available starting August 28th at 11:00 a.m. CST through Brown Paper Tickets. Individual Tickets go on sale starting September 4th at 11:00 a.m. CST through Brown Paper Tickets.