Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Chris Kohn

The School District of Janesville will present “Rock the School House” on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at the Janesville Performing Arts Center (JPAC) from 7:00 – 10:00 pm. This event is a fundraiser for several district organizations including: Washington Seminar, Global Youth Summit, Junior Achievement, Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Bridges International Conference, Wisconsin Honors Project, Badger Boys/Girls State and others. Tickets are still available. You can purchase them from JPAC or the Educational Services Center (ESC). 

The blogs for the next few days will highlight various performers. Our first featured artist is Mr. Chris Kohn, 4th grade teacher at Harrison Elementary School.

Chris Kohn is an established singer-songwriter who writes original music that is acoustic, organic, powerful and full of emotion.  It's something new and captivating.  A blend of acoustic rock, funk, jazz and soul all served up on a single platter.  Songs can be deeply moving and emotional, while others are laid back jams with some mellow vocals laid on top.  At shows, there is something for everyone - whether it is a new take on a cover song, or an original that draws you in - people leave happy at the end of the night.

Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a child of the 90's, Chris was heavily influenced by Pearl Jam in his youth and continues to pull from that today.  "Eddie Vedder is easily my biggest influence as far as writing from the heart goes, and for inspiration."  Milwaukee is a regular stop for mostly anyone touring the US, which was a blessing for a music lover.  Live music was a huge part of growing up for Chris and he saw shows by all of the big acts that came through, plus tons of smaller shows.  Finally, in late high school, he picked up a guitar himself, but it didn't really take until the latter part of college.  Joining the band Remedy, Chris got his first taste of writing original music.  "I was the so-called lead guitarist, but I had no right to be a lead.  I'm rhythm all the way."  Once Remedy broke up, Chris was forced to come up with his own sound and write his own way.  After a few years of playing live shows and writing, Chris finally released his debut CD "Hidden Pearl" on June 11, 2013.  He continues to have a full schedule of shows and is working on new material.  For all updated information, please visit www.chriskohnmusic.com or find chriskohnmusic on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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