McMillan Memorial Library is pleased to present PHOX in concert on Thursday February 18h at 7:00 pm. PHOX is a Baraboo-based indie-pop band that is winning acolades and rising up the charts. This free concert is made possible through a funding from the McMillan Memorial Library Endowment. No tickets are required, but seating in the theater may be limited.
PHOX in Concert
Before breaking through in 2013 and receiving recognition as one of the years' greatest musical success stories, prior to the formation of PHOX many eventual members collaborated with Zach Johnston for his album Sonntag, which was written in California, but recorded in Wisconsin. Some time later while Matt Holmen was playing with Davey Roberts, Matt Roberts (keys), and Jason Krunnfusz (bass) in Baraboo. The group connected once again for what was originally thought to be a one-off show at the local event, Boo Bash on May 4, 2011. The group still needed songs to play and someone to sing them. Monica Martin was asked if she'd sing some tracks from Sonntag and some cover songs at the event and she agreed. Moving forward, Monica wrote lyrics and melodies, and the group arranged the songs from their first two EP's and their self-titled first record release.
The band released their EP Confetti in early 2013, for which they created a video component for each track. The rest of 2013 brought their success to the next level with a Daytrotter session, positive press, a spot atSouth by Southwest and a national tour opening for Blitzen Trapper. The band played Lollapalooza as a last-minute addition in August 2013, drawing a large crowd despite their midday spot. In September 2013 PHOX opened for The Lumineers at Apple's iTunes Festival in London. Throughout 2015, Phox supported Paolo Nutini and The Head and the Heart, while also headlining around the U.S. non-stop. They also made their debut in New Zealand and Australia during March 2015.They were also featured on NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert. Other notable festival stops include Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly, Summerfest, Sasquatch, and the inaugural Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival where they also screened their latest [mockumentary] film titled, Amor Fati, directed by member Zach Johnston. Public release of the film is TBA. The band is currently signed to Partisan Records, and are managed by Foundations Artist Management. They recorded their first full-length, self-titled album at April Base – Justin Vernon's home studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Currently, PHOX is diving right into new music for their second album, although the release date has yet to be announced.