Melissa Etheridge and her full band will close out Season 4 of The Étude Sessions on Thursday, April 20th at the Stefanie H. Weill Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In a recent interview with The Sheboygan Press, Etheridge promised that the show will feature some of her classic songs as well as music from her now album, 'Memphis Rock and Soul.' The unique album is a tribute to the Memphis Blues and a historic time in America music. Stax Records was among the first to recognize that soul music transcended racial segregation in the 1960's - recording renown artists like Booker T and the M.G.s, Otis Redding, and the Mar-Keys. By reimagining songs from the Stax Records songbook, like "Respect Yourself" by the Staples Singers, Etheridge reminds us of some of the lessons learned through the Civil Rights Movement. At the same time, she applies her special rock artistry to move Memphis Blues into a new genre.
"It was just a joy of music and spirit and creating soul music, which is the music that inspired everybody. It inspired the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and everything you were hearing coming out of England. They were all listening to this music. I've seen Janis Joplin watching Otis Redding onstage, and then you go watch a clip of her at Woodstock, and she's moving and singing just like him. It's the deep inspiration, the deep birth of rock & roll that came from this music and this spirit. I think the spirit of rock & roll is that which excites and makes people think and moves us beyond our comfort zone, and that's why I really wanted to bring these songs back and reimagine them in a rock & roll way."
Melissa Etheridge is well known for giving voice to marginalized communities. We love that she brings her own energy to "Good Cause" as an artist in The Étude Sessions. Moreover, 'Memphis Rock and Soul" is an example of how artists become students of other artists, experts and their work. Our Good Cause is, of course, students in The Étude Group schools, who we hope to empower as leaders, creatives, entrepreneurs, and citizens through authentic learning experiences beyond classroom walls. The funds raised by this concert and season will support opportunities for students to participate in real world problem solving, college visits, artist-in-residence programs, and field experiences.
Please join us for a night of great music, supporting our schools and a tradition of empowerment through the arts.
Before their concert, band Birds of
featuring husband and wife duo JT Nero and Allison Russell,
was kind enough to sit down for an interview with Étude
Studios Interns. Birds of Chicago has been together since
2012, and they provide an eclectic mix of folk and indie
A core part of our educational philosophy is to provide our
students experiences outside of the traditional classroom.
These opportunities are critical to developing background
knowledge, one of the strongest indicators of how well a
student will learn and succeed.
The 2015 – 2016 season for the Étude Sessions is winding
down, but not before Wilco's Jeff Tweedy brings his musical
stylings to Sheboygan’s Historic Weill Center on Friday,
April 29th. This will be a memorable night of Good Music +
Good Cause in Sheboygan.
The music you hear at the Etude Session is a reminder of the
learning that takes place at ESAA[sitetree_link,id=6],
Mosaic[sitetree_link,id=58], and IDEAS
Academy[sitetree_link,id=71]. Money raised through this
concert series supports our schools and learning without
Friday night brings a great Étude Session when Reina Del
Cid[http://reinadelcid.com/]and company bring their rich
sounds to Paradigm Coffee and Music. Good Music + Good
Cause is delivering on its name in Sheboygan.
The Étude Sessions are excited to bring the rich sounds of
Reina Del Cid and company (Toni Lundgren, Andrew Foreman and
Zac Schmidt) to Paradigm Coffee and Music on Friday, March
18th at 7:30 p.m. Hailed for her complex songwriting and
undeniable musical talent, Reina Del Cid has gained
attention and praise for the latest release, The Cooling.
On January 5th, The Étude Sessions announced Jeff Tweedy
will finish out the season at the Weill Center on April
29th. This announcement came right on the heels of the
announcement of three shows at Paradigm Coffee and Music:
Haley Bonar, Reina Del Cid and Gospel Machine.