The Blues-Funk sounds of Greg Koch coming to Thrasher
On November 8th at 7:30pm, guitarist Greg Koch will be performing a special concert at Green Lake's historic Thrasher Opera House: the "Reunion of the Original Greg Koch and the Tone Controls with Gary Koehler and Kevin Mushel". A native of Milwaukee, WI, Greg Koch has established himself within six string circles as a masterful technician and accomplished clinician.
Born in Milwaukee in 1966, Koch got his earliest musical influences from his older brother and later became infatuated with Jimi Hendrix, who remains a profound influence to this day. After studying jazz guitar for four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Koch won 1st Prize in the 1989 Bluesbreaker Guitar Showdown judged by legendary bluesman Buddy Guy. Shortly after, he formed Greg Koch and the Tone Controls, which became one of the more popular acts of the region.
Koch soon found himself as a clinician for Fender, the world’s largest and most prestigious guitar and amplifier manufacturer. Bringing together world-class chops and a humorous ability to articulate sounds and techniques with a genuine devotion to all things guitar, Koch has developed an exceptionally effective approach to conducting guitar clinics. Greg’s relationship with music publishing giant, the Hal Leonard Corporation, has also resulted in a string of top-selling guitar method books, including "Guitar Clues: Operation Pentatonic,” "Lead Licks,” "Rhythm Riffs” and Koch’s popular Hal Leonard instructional DVDs – two on the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan (approved by Jimmie Vaughan), one on Lynyrd Skynyrd, another celebrating revered blues stylists like Albert King, Albert Collins, Elmore James and Guitar Slim and one on his own twisted take on guitar called "Guitar Gristle” – have revolutionized video guitar instruction with a combination of humor, effective instruction and inspiring musical performances into a package that can only be described as "edu-tainment.”
This project is supported by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.
Tickets for this event are $18 and available online at thrasheroperahouse.com or at the Thrasher Office, Horicon Bank (Green Lake), Pick N' Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon), and Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920-294-4279.