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The Vox Concert Series will host a special Valentine's Day event featuring The Giving Tree Band and Blake Thomas for an evening of music on February 14th, 2013. Wielding a wide array of instruments from acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitars and banjos to violin, mandolin and pedal steel The Giving Tree Band has shared the stage with top acts such as The Avett Brothers, Joe Purdy, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Blake Thomas' sound has been compared to alternative country rock or "contemporary folk goes to honky tonk heaven." He's a storyteller with supreme confidence… a familiarity and warmth that paints the mental picture with Monet-like quality using romantic harmonica, poetic lyrics and lullaby vocals are rooted in the old blues and folk musical influences such as Woody Guthrie and Charlie Patton. Doors for this event will open at 6:30pm with show starting at 7:00pm at Wildwood Station Pavilion. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 or in advance for $15 at http://www.voxconcertseries.com/ until end of day on February 12th.
As always carry-ins are welcome and encouraged. Feel free to bring your own food and adult beverages of choice, invite some friends, and enjoy an evening out. Soda, water and chips are offered for $1 and all are encouraged to support stage and lighting improvements by partaking in some concessions.
Lead by enigmatic brothers Todd and "E" Fink, The Giving Tree Band are making their way to the head of a classy class of young American songwriters and performers. The Finks extended their brotherhood to all 7 members. Starting out with only a collective heart as big as the ocean, they now wield a wide array of instruments from acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitars and banjos to violin, mandolin and pedal steel. A band's band, they all live together, travel together and do everything as one family, harmonizing their voices and lives on and off stage. The Giving Tree Band is not reinventing but simply reuniting rock and roll. With their down-home style, they emphasize the virtue in their fierce virtuosity - approaching each note with integrity, each part with humility, each song with honesty and each show with gratitude. The most common word among reviews is "undeniable" in regards to the chemistry on stage, the energy in the room, and the feeling that something special is happening. With a rare combination of stirring musicianship and exemplary songwriting, the GTB wheel is in full spin and, like their adventure-heroes before them, it's also on fire.
The Giving Tree Band's third full-length and most recent release, "The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious," spent multiple weeks on various radio charts (peaking at #15 on the Roots Music Report and #39 on the Americana Airplay Chart). The album also helped the band earn widespread acclaim and feature stories in popular music publications such as American Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar (March 2011 "Player Spotlight" and Feb 2011 "Best Acoustic Albums of 2010"), The Deli Magazine ("Best Emerging Artists of 2010") and Relix Magazine (Nov 2010 Artist "On The Verge"). The songwriting has been best described as having "Dylanesque imagery, John Prine-like aphorisms, and Abbey Road-era Beatles overtones" (The Bluegrass Special). The band's regular touring has included performances at major music fests such as Wakarusa and Philly Folk Fest and at premier venues including the House Of Blues and the Kennedy Center. The group has shared the stage with dozens of top acts such as The Avett Brothers, Joe Purdy, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The GTB is currently working on a fourth studio album and will also be featured on a benefit compilation album entitled "Home on the Range" alongside such artists as Chrissie Hynde, Yoko Ono, Moby, Matisyahu, and Nellie McKay.
Minneapolis based Blake Thomas, an American folk singer/songwriter has a near-flawless balance of excellent musicianship, his gorgeous, occasionally shiver-inducing voice and smart songwriting. He has won the Madison Area Music Awards winner for Best Male Vocalist (2005) and both the Best Folk/Bluegrass/Americana Album and the Best Folk/Bluegrass/Americana Artist (2006). Born in Minnesota, at 19, Blake moved east and worked his way up from the bottom and began his career busking in the Boston subways. He spent the following years traveling, grinding through the club circuit sharing the stage with Leon Russell, Greg Brown, Pieta Brown, Peter Mulvey, The Honeydogs, Holly Golightly, Ben Taylor, Tom Russell, Jon Dee Graham and others. His sound has been compared to alternative country rock or "contemporary folk goes to honky tonk heaven." Romantic harmonica, poetic lyrics and lullaby vocals are rooted in the old blues and folk musical influences such as Woody Guthrie and Charlie Patton. A troubadour musical treat for the ears, Blake Thomas will delight even those who don’t crave the sweet country honky tonk sound.
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Vox Concert Series
Over the past decade the Vox Concert Series has worked to create a space where people within the community can experience live music, not just hear it. The original idea behind the concert series? Create a room within the community that could transform to host rock bands, blues, bluegrass, jazz, singer/songwriters, classical music, kids shows and even comedy acts!
Why do we host Vox concert events in Marshfield? The manager of the concert series grew up in Marshfield and returned to live here after stints in Minnesota and Milwaukee. A lot of his friends and peers have families; his mission is to provide a place in the community where they could experience culture more typical of a larger city without having to take the time, risk the weather, or incur the travel expense (gas, food, hotel, etc.) of going to a larger metropolitan area. Not to mention the challenge of making arrangements for the kids when taking those trips.
The aim of the Vox Concert Series is to provide access to quality, affordable entertainment in Central Wisconsin, with tickets ranging from free to $30 (depending on the nature of the event and caliber of the acts featured).
Since our first event in 2005, Vox has hosted more than 200 events within the community, including partnerships with charity fundraisers, currently averaging 35+ events per year. We feature high quality, recognizable acts such as Sam Llanas (formerly of the BoDeans), Tony Lucca (finalist on NBC’s The Voice), Matt White (featured performer on The Bachelorette), and Tyler Hilton (musician and movie/television actor: Walk the Line, One Tree Hill) to name a few. In addition to more famous names, we aspire to provide local musicians, very talented emerging musicians from Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, and musicians from various other countries (New Zealand, Canada, England, Finland) a welcoming stage in Central Wisconsin.
We work very hard to make Vox an exceptional place to experience a concert – with intimate performances, crystal-clear sound, and without a bad seat in the room. Vox has been transforming Wildwood Station Pavilion into our 250-seat capacity listening room since 2008, but you’ve never seen it quite like this. In 2014, Vox concert events held at Wildwood Station include a reserved seating option, offering an up-front view of the stage and a table to set your drink. General admission seating will also be available. We want every seat to be great, and to meet that goal we have increased our stage lighting and added a raised stage! As always, concert-goers are welcome (and encouraged) to bring their own beverages in personal-size coolers.
We hope you will join us a few evenings for a memorable concert experience!