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Singer Ben Kweller Performs May 14 at Lawrence University

Lawrence University’s Student Organization for University Programming (SOUP) welcomes singer and songwriter Ben Kweller to campus on May 14. The concert, which features opening sets by the Lawrence student group Denes and another act to be announced, will take place at 7 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

Kweller, originally the front man for the band Radish, self-released “Freak Out, It’s Ben Kweller” in 2000. He followed that collection with his 5-track ATO Records debut, “E.P. Phone Home” in 2001.

In 2002, “Sha Sha” was released, which included the very radio-friendly and popular single “Wasted and Ready.” Encompassing anti-folkadelica, indie-punkpop, and soaring ballads, Kweller’s warm, whimsical wordplay, and unstoppable power-pop hooks are in full effect on “Sha Sha.” Recorded in New York City during the summer of 2001, “Sha Sha” sees Kweller backed by, among others, bassist Josh Lattanzi and old friend and drummer from Radish, John Kent. The album pops with the same infectious energy of Kweller’s acoustic performances and home recordings, through fleshed out to feature a more fully realized sonic approach.

The much-anticipated follow-up to “Sha Sha” is Kweller’s “On My Way.” While “On My Way” offers a more consistent sonic vision than its gleefully genre-hopping predecessor, Kweller’s inexorable knack for music diversity continues unabated. Recorded in just three weeks at Sear Sound in New York City, “On My Way” sees Kweller backed by bassist Josh Lattanzi, guitarist Mike Stroud, and drummers Fred Eltringham and John Kent.

Kweller and his band have toured international and throughout the United States, both as headliners and alongside such bands as the Strokes, Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Dashboard Confessional, Adam Green, and Brendan Benson.

Tickets for Kweller’s concert are $10 for the public and are on sale at the Lawrence University Box Office, located in the Music-Drama Center, 420 E. College Ave., Appleton, or by phone at 920-832-6749.

Folk Singer Peter Siegel Performs at Lawrence University Earth Day Festival

Peter Siegel brings his unique brand of politically tinted folk music to the Lawrence University Wriston Art Center amphitheatre Saturday, April 22 with a 3 p.m. concert as part of the college’s eighth annual Earth Day Festival.

The day-long salute to all things environmental begins at 9 a.m. with a group trash clean-up of the north bank of the Fox River. All interested participants are asked to meet at the Wriston Art Center turnaround.

From 11 a.m. -2 p.m., the Main Hall Green will feature a variety of earth-friendly activity and information booths from student and community environmental organizations. A “Bring Your Own Plate & Cup” picnic lunch also be served with Lawrence student groups providing musical entertainment.

Siegel, whose eclectic performances that mix blues, swing and hip hop on the guitar, banjo and mandolin with traditional fiddle tunes have been dubbed “Space Age Vaudeville,” headlines the day’s celebration. In the event of inclement weather, Siegel will perform in Riverview Lounge inside the Lawrence Memorial Union.

A native of suburban New York City, Siegel credits the likes of Pete Seeger, Miles Davis, Run DMC and TV theme songs as musical influences. He first made a name for himself as a member of the Hudson River Valley’s Harmonious Hogchokers, singing original and traditional songs of political and environmental significance.

Siegel is a former grand prize winner of Massachusett’s WRSI singer-songwriter competition. He has performed at festivals and venues throughout the nation, including the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the New England Folk Festival and the American Festival of Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, Wash. During his career, he has opened for Peter Mulvey, Tim O’Brian and Tony Trishka and shared the stage with such performers as Pete Seeger, Tom Chapin and Paul Stookey.