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bad posture club

september 22 • 7:00 p.m.

Join us for Bad Posture Club, a folk duo from MN!

Maren Day and Morgan Kavanagh met at a high school choir concert in 2012. Since then, they have been crafting original music as well as reinterpreting traditional folk songs. Their sound is driven by a love of vocal harmony and supported by banjo and guitar. They grew up in the Pacific Northwest and currently reside in Minneapolis.

Give it a listen!

$10 at the door

lil rev + the sheboygan ukulele club

september 27 • 7:00 p.m.

Lil' Rev and the Mead Public Library Ukulele Club will take the stage and entertain all with ukulele strumming and picking!

Learn more about Sheboygan's Ukulele club!
(The Mead Library also offers classes for beginners, if you're an aspiring uke-er)

$10 at the door

humbird + caley conway

october 1 • 7:00 p.m.

About Humbird
“Everyone knows the character of Eve from the bible, and everyone has their own ideas about her. But if she was wandering around America in 2019, what the hell would she say?” wonders Siri Undlin of indie-folk band Humbird. Based in Minneapolis and inspired by the crystalline chill of the state’s Northern winters, Undlin creates experimental folk and environmental Americana tinged with the sophistication of classic orchestral compositions. Her debut full-length album release, Pharmakon (street date 8/30/19), focuses on women and the female body in folklore as a poetic way to explore the human experience. Working with engineer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens) and producer Shane Leonard (Field Report), Undlin’s newest release joins the leagues of masterful indie storytellers.

“Stunningly Beautiful...There’s so much out there these days that’s so loud and bombastic, but there’s something about being able to catch tunes that make you sit and feel.” —Jeni Grouws of FM 100.5 KDEC Artist Direct

About Caley Conway
A Caley Conway performance is a trip inside her heart, guided by a soothing voice and hypnotic songwriting. But her breezy style and lilting melodies belie a profound depth of musicality—Caley’s songs embrace complexity, with dashes of dissonance and lyrics that are at once deeply personal and universally relatable. With candor and a disarming wit that that leaves audiences somewhere between chilled and chuckling, Conway sings openly about sex, codependence, apathy, and cheese.

“With a rare voice and sharp, detailed lyrics, [Conway] commands the center of her songs with a quiet ease that suggests she’s been at this for a while.” —Milwaukee Magazine

 $10 suggested donation

cedarwell +

sistastrings +


October 4 • 7:00 p.m.

Our friends from Cedarwell take the Paradigm stage once again, joined by SistaStrings from Milwaukee and Eligo from Sheboygan.

$10 suggested donation at the door

Eligo /// experimental post-punk

SistaStrings /// classical, R&B, gospel

Cedarwell /// indie folk rock

joan shelley with daughter of swords

december 5 • 8:00 p.m.

With a powerful voice grounded in her Kentucky roots, singer-songwriter Joan Shelley brings her rolling melodies and descriptive, lyrical style to the Paradigm stage on December 5, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. Opening for her is Daughter of Swords, a solo project by Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man.

About Joan Shelley:
Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, Ky., not far from where she grew up. Like the River Loves the Sea is her fifth album. She draws inspiration from traditional and traditionally-minded performers from her native Kentucky, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland, and England, but she’s not a folksinger. Her disposition aligns more closely with that of, say, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, or her fellow Kentuckian Tom T. Hall, who once explained—simply, succinctly, in a song—“I Witness Life.” 

She’s not so much a confessional songwriter, although Like the River… gets closest to such subjectively emotional impressions as perhaps any album to date, and she sings less of her life and more of her place: of landscapes and watercourses; of flora and fauna; of seasons changing and years departing and the ineluctable attempt of humans to make some small sense of all—or, at best, some—of it. Her perspective and performances both have been described, apparently positively, as “pure,” but there’s no trace of the Pollyanna and there’s little of the pastoral, either: her work instead wrestles with the possibility of reconciling, if only for a moment, the perceived “natural” world with its reflection—sometimes, relatively speaking, clear; other times hopelessly distorted—in the human heart, mind, and footprint.

Since the 2015 release of her album Over and Even, Shelley has crossed the country and toured Europe several times as a headlining artist, sharing shows with the likes of Jake Xerxes Fussell, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Doug Paisley, Daniel Martin Moore, the Other Years, and Michael Hurley. She has opened for Wilco, Chris Smither, Andrew Bird, and Richard Thompson. Jeff Tweedy produced her previous record at The Loft in Chicago. She’ll be familiar to readers of guitar-centric magazines for having appeared, in the same season, on the covers of Fretboard Journal and Acoustic Guitar. She’ll be doubtless more familiar to more listeners in the wake of Like the River Loves the Sea. 

About Daughter of Swords:

In 2017, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig began recording a set of songs... about a breakup that had yet to happen. Her partnership had drifted into a comfortable state of indecision, stalling when it came time to make big life moves or chase new horizons. She had the sense that she needed to slip the relationship in order to pursue everything else life might have in store -- more music, more adventures, a general sense of the unknown. Those feelings drifted steadily into a set of songs that lamented the inevitable loss but, more important, outlined the promise of the future. Recording the ten tracks that became her stunning solo debut, Dawnbreaker, under the new name Daughter of Swords gave Sauser-Monnig permission to go.


Dawnbreaker began as the first phase of Sauser-Monnig's return to music after stepping to the sidelines for the better part of a decade. Her college trio, Mountain Man, rose to quick acclaim for their peerless harmonies around 2010, but the friends slowly drifted apart, following their own interests to different coasts and concerns. While working on a flower farm as a farmhand, though, Sauser-Monnig realized that she missed the emotional articulation she found in writing songs and singing them and resolved to start again. She pieced together an album just as Mountain Man -- now newly gathered in the fertile Piedmont of North Carolina -- began to regroup for its second LP, 2018's aptly named Magic Ship. Working with Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn, Sauser-Monnig shaped what began as quiet reflections into confident compositions, crackling with country swagger and a sparkling pop warmth.


Most Saturdays 
11am to 1pm

"Ever since I got a Ditto looping pedal (TC Electronics) I have been creating layered instrumental themes of various kinds, from blues and swing ideas to more impressionistic pieces that I basically make up as I go - the improvised part - based on chords I like and utilizing the effects I like (delay, chorus, tremelo, crunch). The challenge is to make it musical, without too much noodling! I'm not sure what's going to happen, as I won't have a set list like I do on a regular gig. So, if you're like most people who can't resist slowing down to look at a car wreck, you might want to stop by and watch me work without the safety net of a band and/or actual songs." ~Jim Ohlschmidt



1202 N 8th St. 

Uptown, Sheboygan

Tuesday - Friday       7:30am - 9pm

Saturday - Sunday    8am - 9pm

We are open late for events and

closed on Mondays.

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 Established in June 2006, Paradigm Coffee and Music is a community empowered restaurant and venue that strives to bring exceptional food, beverage, and music to the greater Sheboygan area. With a focus on locally-sourced ingredients, environmentally responsible practices, and a socially progressive foundation, Paradigm offers more than a menu stocked with vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free fare. We provide a place to meet, work, eat, and live.



ReBike Sheboygan

ReBike is a not-for-profit bicycle recycling program. Anyone in the community can earn a bike with a little time and elbow grease. It is housed in Paradigm's basement and runs 5:30pm-7:30pm on Wednesdays. Donations can be made anytime Paradigm is open.

Goodside Grocery

Goodside Grocery is Sheboygan's very own food co-op. It specializes in locally-sourced, organic, and sustainable food. Goodside spent it's first few years in the back room of Paradigm until renovating/moving into the old vacuum cleaner store across the street.


Please email us with booking questions. It's helpful to include a link to your music, specific dates, and a brief bio. If you don't hear from anyone don't be afraid to send another email. Please do not call. 

1202 N 8th St, Sheboygan, WI 53081, USA



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"There used to be a gay potluck in town when Hannah and I were teenagers and into our early 20's. We didn't go... but we knew it was there and that was important. I talked about doing something like it for years. I woke up on my first day off after the Orlando shooting, read every article, every account of that evening and decided it was time. The intention is to know each other and strengthen our queer community. For each other and our allies." ~Kate Krause

Progressive Women of Sheboygan

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This group is to build social connections with other smart, fun, progressive women. Low-pressure get-togethers (come if you can, no guilt if you can’t) that might take the shape of book club, dinner & drinks, volunteering, game night, concert-going, Netflix marathons, walking group, etc. based on the interests of attendees. Meet-ups: Every first Monday of the month (generally). Invite your feminist/liberal/progressive women friends!

ReBoot Sheboygan

Too many computers sit unused and unloved in storage, or find their way to dumps, or recycling facilities. Too few people have access to computers. We seek to bridge that gap.  Reboot accepts unused or broken computers from businesses and community members; refurbishes and redistributes them to organizations and community members that are in need of computers access. We are located in the basement of Goodside Thursdays 4pm-7pm.