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Date: April 20, 2017
Time: 7:30 p.m.

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Melissa Etheridge, with her full band, will bring a unique blend of personal grit and the joy of rock music to the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented in conjunction with the Étude Sessions, this performance is in support of the non-profit Étude Group of schools in Sheboygan, WI. This fundraiser is in memory of Troy Tousey and his initiatives to nurture live music and the Étude schools in Sheboygan.

Last season, The Avett Brothers and Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) played sold out shows for The Étude Sessions. Purchasing tickets to these performances ensures quality educational opportunities will continue to be provided within The Étude Group of Schools (IDEAS Academy, The Mosaic School, and Elementary School for the Arts and Academics).


The Étude Sessions will offer a presale to supporters beginning on Wednesday, February 15th at 11:00 am. Visit http://www.etudegroup.org/etude-sessions/ for more information.

The Weill Center will also offer a presale to Weill Center members beginning on Wednesday, February 15th at 11:00 am. Call the Weill Center ticket office at 920-208-3243 for more information.

Tickets will go on-sale to the public on Friday, February 17 at 11:00. Tickets will be available online, by calling 920-208-3243 or in the Weill Center Ticket Office. Limit of 8 tickets per person.


Melissa Etheridge stormed onto the American rock scene in 1988 which led to an appearance on the 1989 Grammy Awards show. For several years, her popularity grew around such memorable originals as "Bring Me Some Water," "No Souvenirs" and "Ain't It Heavy," for which she won a Grammy ® in 1992.

Etheridge hit her commercial and artistic stride with her fourth album, Yes I Am (1993). The collection featured the massive hits, "I'm the Only One" and "Come to My Window," a searing song of longing that brought Etheridge her second Grammy ® Award for Best Female Rock Performance. In 1995, Etheridge issued her highest charting album, Your Little Secret, which was distinguished by the hit single, "I Want to Come Over." Her astounding success that year led to Etheridge receiving the Songwriter of the Year honor at the ASCAP Pop Awards in 1996.

Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Etheridge has remained one of America’s favorite female singer-songwriters for more than two decades. In February 2007, Melissa Etheridge celebrated a career milestone with a victory in the “Best Song” category at the Academy ® Awards for “I Need to Wake Up,” written for the Al Gore documentary on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. As a performer and songwriter, Etheridge has shown herself to be an artist who has never allowed “inconvenient truths” to keep her down. Earlier in her recording career, Etheridge acknowledged her sexual orientation when it was considered less than prudent to do so. In October 2004, Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer, a health battle that, with her typical tenacity, she won. Despite losing her hair from chemotherapy, Etheridge appeared on the 2005 Grammy ® telecast to sing “Piece of My Heart” in tribute to Janis Joplin. By doing so she gave hope to many women afflicted with the disease.

On October 7, Melissa Etheridge released Memphis Rock & Soul, her first album since 2014’s critically lauded This Is M.E. Recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis, the album has received stellar reviews from the likes of Entertainment Weekly, Parade, Rolling Stone, American Songwriter and more. Guitar World raved “the album is a triumphant application of Etheridge’s signature rasp and substantial guitar chops to this classic genre,” while Edge Media Network declared Melissa “is a singer who can fire it up like Janis Joplin, touch the heart like Elvis Presley and steam up the windows like her musical hero, Otis Redding.” The 12- track album features original material as well as interpretations of classic songs from the legendary Stax catalog, celebrating its artists and legacy and spotlighting the vital role Stax Records played in the Civil Rights Movement. Engineered by Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell, son of famed music producer Willie Mitchell, the album and tour includes a number of top Memphis musicians, including the Hodges Brothers.


As a fundraiser for The Étude Group schools, The Étude Sessions supports students’ learning through transformative experiences in the arts and academics that would not otherwise be available to students in a public school. The funds from the 2015-2016 season helped students envision their professional lives beyond of high school through participation in creative writing festivals and campus visits eight different colleges. A portion of the funds will also help send students on service-learning trips to Central America in June. Our intention is to make experiences like these accessible to all students in our schools, 80% of whom are first generation college students and 50% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch.

The Étude Sessions intends to expand College Readiness, International Travel, and Artist in Residence programs as well as provide professional assets to a diverse range of student-driven projects. For example, entrepreneurial advice for a student founding a non-profit venture or a software engineer to help code a prototype of an original game. These interactions with professionals help make projects more authentic and they give students insight into how to think as professionals do.


Troy Tousey, founder of Open Mind Studios of Sheboygan, WI was an avid community supporter and passionate live music fan. Tousey 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. Tousey 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. Tousey dreamed of presenting great shows at the Weill Center, and was extremely passionate about the Étude School and Étude Sessions.


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