Experimental rock duo to perform at the Chestnut Center for the Arts
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — The Chestnut Center for the Arts welcomes the local experimental rock duo Cellophane Superstars for an early-morning performance this Saturday as part of the continuing Acoustic Sunrise concert series. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and the music begins shortly after. The cover charge is $5, and free coffee is available for all those attending.
The Cellophane Superstars are comprised of Marshfield residents Aaron Kaplan and Ryan Summers. They have been actively recording and performing as a duo since 2012. While Kaplan has a background in folk and classical guitar styles, Summers’ influences include 90s electronica and early electronic rave music. Together they have woven a unique musical style that has been described as “eccentric” by some critics.
The Acoustic Sunrise concert series started in June of this year as a way of showcasing songwriters from central Wisconsin. The performances take place in the Fireplace Room of the Chestnut Center, which is an ideal setting for intimate acoustic performances.
“Usually when we perform it’s with an electric guitar, a laptop, various MIDI controllers, digital effects, lots of heavy distortion, and sub bass. … Playing an all-acoustic set is something very different for us,” said Summers.
“We’re not your typical rock band,” said Kaplan. “But even though we experiment a lot with sound possibilities, we strive to write meaningful songs too. A lot of our songs hit on some deep topics like religious questioning and dysfunction in the modern world. We put a lot of thought into the lyrical content of our songs.”
The Cellophane Superstars will also be joined by AaroChele, an eclectic folk duo comprised of Kaplan and his wife Michele.
For more information about the Chestnut Center for the Arts and the Acoustic Sunrise concert series, visit chestnutarts.org. The Chestnut Center is located at 208 S. Chestnut Ave., and the phone number is 715-389-8999.