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Catchpenny to Headline Free UW-Eau Claire Outdoor Concert

RELEASED: May 2, 2008

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EAU CLAIRE — Minneapolis band Catchpenny will headline a free outdoor concert May 9 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Chester Bay and Meridene will be special guests at the show, which will begin at 7 p.m. on Davies Center's south lawn. In the event of rain, the concert will move to the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

With a sound described as "polished, bouncy, harmony-loaded pop-rock" (Minneapolis Star-Tribune), Catchpenny has headlined shows from Los Angeles to Chicago and set record attendance numbers at venues like the Hard Rock Cafe since the band came together about four years ago. The band's music has been heard in national television spots by ESPN and Arizona Jeans.

Catchpenny's first full-length CD, "Chance for a Lifetime" (2005), is a fusion of melody and harmony. After the release of their CD "From Where You Are" in 2006, The Onion wrote that "the band has the talent and the chops to merit a little love from the fickle Gods of Radio."

In 2007 Catchpenny hosted a national college music tour advocating new music and social activism, sponsored by the Twin Cities beverage company Airforce Nutrisoda.

Chester Bay, top, and Meridene to perform at UW-Eau Claire.

"Raising awareness on campus to promote a healthy planet is very important to our band," said lead vocalist and guitarist Christian Schauf. Other members of Catchpenny are Zach Schauf (vocals, keys, guitar), Eric Raum (lead guitar) and Josh Fink (bass).

Chester Bay is a rock quartet fueled by two vocalists who happen to be twin brothers, a blues-driven guitarist and a heavy-hitting drummer. The band's name merges the names of their hometowns, Rochester and Green Bay.

Meridene is an Eau Claire band influenced by The Shins, Sufjan Stevens, Rilo Kiley, Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie.

Sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate, the free concert is open to all ages.

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