KENOSHA — Jeremiah Lunde can’t wait for Friday night.
And he’s in good company.
Lunde is the drummer and one of the founders of indie rock band Kenosha Lunde, which performs Friday in the historic auditorium of Reuther High School.
“We’ve never played there before,” Lunde said. “It’s a rare theater in Kenosha, for its size and excellent acoustics. It’s our mission to play in bigger venues, for bigger crowds, so it’s definitely a good choice for us.
Lunde – which also features guitarist Evan Steidtman, vocalist and guitarist Nate Urich, bassist Josh Janiak and guitarist and keyboardist Logan Haller – presents the show to benefit the Grace Welcome Center, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.
He hopes the band’s reputation will draw a crowd to fill the 1,400-seat auditorium.
“Harbourside Academy teacher David Underwood asked us to play,” Lunde said. “He knew our band and how fun our shows were and how we brought out the young people.” (Underwood is a supporter of the Grace Welcome Center, and Harborside Academy shares the building with Reuther High School.)
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As well as being excited to perform in such a grand historic theatre, Lunde is also happy to help out with the visitor center.
“We’ve heard about all they do to help our community,” he said.
Friday night’s concert will feature all-original music from the band, who have released two albums so far.
“We’ll also be playing new material that we haven’t released yet,” Lunde said. “We’ve been working on a new album for a few months.”
Ben Mulwana – a Ugandan-born singer-songwriter – opens the show “and he brings a band with him,” Lunde said. “He does acoustic shows everywhere, and he’s an amazing songwriter and vocalist, but playing with a band really elevates what he already does.”
Lunde frequently performs at local venues like Kenosha Creative Space, where in March 2021 the band performed outdoors, recreating a 1969 Beatles rooftop concert, featuring songs from the Beatles’ post-tour catalog.
Although the band has no plans for another rooftop performance, Lunde says “we are planning other shows that are just as interesting.”