The Anthony Lux Trio, featuring Lux on piano, “Sloth Man Jones” on the cajon and “Buck Kipper” on saxophone, will bring their blues and soul music to the Three Lakes Center for the Arts Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. for an evening of songs by Elton John, Billy Joel, Adele, Jerry Lee Lewis, Beethoven and several of Lux’s originals as well.

Born in San Antonio, Texas, Lux grew up in the North Woods and began playing piano from as long ago as he can remember. He found social interactions and making friends difficult so he focused on music — choir, jazz band, show choir, and solo and ensemble state competitions.

By the time he was 15, he was getting paid for gigs with the Rotary and Lions Clubs, and all without any formal lessons. Lux is 100% self taught, with a rich, gritty baritone voice and a real showman’s high-energy delivery.

Lux was ultimately diagnosed with high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, but writing, singing and playing music has changed his life.

“I’m writing my songs based on my life experiences and also using the process to understand myself better,” he said. “I think music has really helped me feel more confident communicating with others.”

By the time Lux was 18, he was playing in bars and nightclubs, and performing at weddings and special events. At 21, he became the youngest person ever hired to play in a piano bar on a Carnival Cruise ship.

“I learned so much from watching my fellow entertainers. They were all such pros. I was always impressed and I felt accepted by them,” said Lux. “Now, at 27, I’m discovering my own voice in my original compositions.”

Tickets cost $15 for adults, and $5 for youths age 12 and younger, and are available online at tlcfa.org, by calling (715) 546-2299 or at the door.

Concessions, soda, beer and wine also will be available for purchase.



Gay Scheffen is the events coordinator for the Three Lakes Center for the Arts.