By Eric Koeppel:

On Friday, Feb. 7, The Acoustic Café will welcome the Joel Baxley Band, an alternative pop band from La Crosse, Wis.

The four band members met on the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse campus nearly four years ago. When singer/songwriter Joel Baxley recorded his first full-length studio album “Something More” in 2012, he assembled the band to take his music on the road.

Baxley’s biggest influences are performers such as John Mayer and Jason Mraz, but he also attributes much of his musical style to the music he listened to while growing up in Dallas, Texas.

“I was about 8 years old when we left, but the musical influence really comes from my dad,” Baxley said. “When we were at home in Texas, he was always playing music.”

This will be the second time the Joel Baxley Band has played in Menomonie, and the band is confident that it will be a fun show.

“I just love to think about life and all the things that come with it,” Baxley said. “I love college kids because they are thinking about all of the grand possibilities of life and I feel like our songs really connect with them.”

This free show will be held at The Acoustic Café at 7 p.m. on Feb. 7.

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