LiFE OF HOPE presents: HOPE Notes Music Fest; a one of a kind festival experience that brings together our community through HOPE and music!

WHAT: JOIN THE FUN games and activities for ALL AGES, including a unique bag toss tournament, gold fish races, face painting, Jack-Putt for cash and prizes, a bounce castle, and more! No reason to leave for dinner. Reasonably priced, delicious food and beverage will be available for purchase (Cousin’s Subs, Texas Roadhouse, Jeff’s Spirits). ENJOY MUSIC from local performers Tom Cooper, Kylah Rae, Kaite Kropidlowski, Justice Groothousen, Paige Pfiefer, Wendey Gagne, Jake Kachelmeier, Andrew Haze, Kathryn Flynn, and The Nile Club! And, finally, end the night with HEADLINER: RIDING SHOTGUN!

WHEN: Wednesday, August 14th (5pm-10pm)

WHERE: Regner Park Pavilion in West Bend

WHY: Make suicide a talkable topic, raise funds to keep the LiFE OF HOPE mission alive and programs FREE, while connecting our community through HOPE-filled NOTES (music and spoken) and FUN!

HOW: This event is FREE to the public, with a suggested donation of $10 at the entrance.

SPONSOR this amazing event and promote your business. Call LiFE OF HOPE for benefit package details at (262) 429-1556!

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Andrew Haze is a 19-year old radio personality from Jackson, WI and currently attends the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh studying radio broadcasting. Andrew currently co-hosts the nationally trending radio show and podcast “Haze & Jasen” with EDGE Podcast Network Milwaukee, and operates the A100 Radio Network Milwaukee, one of the largest independent online radio stations in the world. Performing is in his blood and he has participated in community theatre since he was 5 years-old in shows such as, “Mary Poppins”, “Cinderella”, “The Addams Family”, and most recently “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying”. 

Hello! I’m Justice Groothousen! I was born and raised in Tony, WI and I now attend college at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. I will be a fifth year senior in the fall who is studying biology with a Pre-med emphasis and also have hopes of becoming a surgeon some day! I’ve been singing since I was in sixth grade and really got into performing around my freshman year of high school. Fast forward to my second semester of college and I started to teach myself how to play guitar. After two years of learning how to play, I decided to start to play at open mic nights and post videos. I have been a song writer for about a year now and it brings me so much joy to write songs that inspire people and touch them emotionally. Music has been with me through my highest points in and life and helped me get through the lowest points in my life, never underestimate the power behind a good song! I’m excited to perform at the Hope Notes music fest to get my name and original music out there, as well as helping inspire HOPE in others!

Hi, I’m Jake Kachelmeier! I live in Brookfield, WI with my fiance (who will be my wife by the time the HOPE Notes happens) 2 Australian Shepherd dogs and 3 cats. I have my doctorate in pharmacy and am a pharmacist by trade. I currently work for a mail order pharmacy in Milwaukee where I am the pharmacy director. I have been singing since I graduated high school. I have no formal training and only realized I could sing when I sang AC/DC with the band at my high school graduation party. I have been the lead singer for a couple of bands over the last 7 years. My current band that I formed with a 3 of my good friends is Regenerated. To this point I have played in cover bands but am interested in writing music as well and have started to dabble in this realm. I’m a movie buff on my free time. A fun fact about me is I am way too into Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday and my fiance and I go way over the top in our costume preparation. Owning a house has provided me to put on some pretty crazy Halloween stunts over the last few years!

Recording artist Tom Cooper is a singer’s singer and a modern-day troubadour. He tells tales of life, lessons, and love through a memorable range of musical styles. With a soaring, velvet voice compared to singing greats Roy Orbison and Chris Isaak, Tom’s songwriting is clearly influenced by legendary tunesmiths like Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Nick Lowe, and Leon Russell. Tom was featured as an invited performer at the famed South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, TX. He has entertained audiences from New York City to San Francisco, and is based in the Madison-Milwaukee-Chicago triangle of the Great Lakes. His music can be found on his private label, Window’s Edge Records.

Kathryn Flynn is currently attending UW-Eau Claire, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance. She was born and raised in West Bend, and is honored to be participating with such a great and lively cause such as the “LiFE OF HOPE” Music Festival! Kathryn started singing in her church choir with St. Mary’s at the age of 7 with her grandmother, and has been singing ever since. Since then, she has been pursuing anything and everything music, such as: Narrator (JOSEPH…DREAMCOAT), Ilse Neumann (SPRING AWAKENING), Donna Elvira (Mozart’s Opera: DON GIOVANNI) and Nellie Forbush (SOUTH PACIFIC).

Kylah Schmidt is a 19 year old college student who loves to sing. She has been performing on stage since she was only two years old with her grandma. She went to Slinger High School and played many sports, and also did the Slinger musical for a year. Kylah is currently going to school for Early Childhood Education at WCTC and hopes to have a career caring for young children and making a difference in their lives. 

Hi! My name is Paige Pfeifer. I am 16 years old and am going to be a junior at Slinger High School. I have been singing since I was little and playing guitar for about five years. I am involved in a band through the West Bend Music Academy. Some other things I am involved in are choir, forensics, cheerleading, track, and my school musical. I love music because it is a way to show people who I am and express myself through different songs. Music has taught me to not be afraid in front of an audience and to be myself. My family and friends are very important to me and inspire, encourage, and support me and all my goals, especially when it comes to music. As for the future, I am still trying to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life, and I honestly have no idea. I hope to find a career path that I am passionate about and enjoy doing.

Hello LiFE OF HOPE! I am Wendey Gagne. I am from Rubicon Wisconsin. I have been singing since I was three years old. I have  enjoyed competing  and have placed top five each time. I work at Walmart Pharmacy in Hartford WI. My love for music runs very deep. Music has been my salvation and gotten me through some really rough times. I have been told I have been given a gift and I am honored to share that and sing for a cause that is near and dear to my heart.

The Nile Club is an Indie Alternative Rock band formed out of the West Bend and Madison areas in late 2016. Original members include Sam Walters on guitar, Malachi Kaehne on guitar, and Samwise Baker on drums with a fourth member, Malachai Devlin on bass, joining in late 2018. The band has been making their own music since formation and is currently working on a full-length album coming out fall 2019. Some of the band’s main sonic influences include: Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, The Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead, and Neutral Milk Hotel. For more information on the member’s personalities, music, and a sneak peek of their sound visit their instagram or bandcamp. Just search The Nile Club and look for a picture of us. 

Kaitlyn Kropidlowski is 23 and lives in Port Washington. She’s an MATC graduate and currently a DSP (caregiver) for adults with disabilities through Balance Inc. as well as a respite care worker for another person with disabilities.Having Autism Spectrum Disorder, growing up was hard for Kaitlyn. It was hard for her to make friends and do well in school. Music was her solice and escape from her everyday stresses, and eventually, she made friends through music! She played at piano concerts, sung at choir concerts, performed in over 20 musicals since she was middle school, performed in Take NOTEice (UW Sheboygans musical competition) in 2014 and took home 3rd place!Today, Kaitlyn still enjoys singing with her clients, performing in musicals, and even trying to write original music!Kaitlyn would like to thank her family, friends, teachers, and her various therapists for supporting her in all her endeavors. Especially her mother who has always been her biggest inspiration, introduced her to Life of Hope and the message it has to send, and always came to every show to show support!

Riding Shotgun is a high energy power trio that plays upbeat and danceable Rock, Pop and Country hits spanning several decades. With their full sound and rich harmonies, you would expect to see more than just the three of them on stage. But this is no surprise with their years of experience performing in bands like Oil Can Harry, The Toys, The Pulltops, Mind Games, and Xeno and the Happy Jax, just to name a few. Playing a variety of hits by artists such as Tom Petty, BoDeans, Johnny Cash, Bon Jovi, The Cars, Billy Idol, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Rolling Stones, Journey, Green Day, The Black Keys, Twenty One Pilots, and OneRepublic, they bring excitement and fun to every club, fair, festival and picnic.