Eli “Paperboy” Reed to play the Maintenance Shop

Eli Paperboy Reed will take over the Maintenance Shop at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Courtesy of SUB

Eli “Paperboy” Reed will take over the Maintenance Shop at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Caroline Shaw

Eli “Paperboy” Reed will bring R&B/soul music to the Maintenance Shop at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets are available online via Midwestix and at the M-Shop Box office for $12 with an ISU ID and $15 for the public. 

Eli “Paperboy” Reed got his start with music by absorbing everything he could from his father’s vinyl collection in Brookline, Mass. Since then, he has grown into a globally recognized artist and performer. 

Early in his career, Eli Reed earned his nickname “Paperboy” in the Clarksdale, Miss., music scene. He was given the name because of the newsboy style of hat he frequently wore. In addition to Clarksdale, Reed has spent time in Chicago to attend college, where he worked as the minister of music for a church.

Reed dropped his first album titled “Roll With You” in 2008, which is heavily influenced by his favorite styles: soul, blues and R&B. This style continued in his later albums, “Come and Get It” and “Nights Like This.”

Reed took some time after his last tour to write and produce another album called “My Way Home,” which will be released this summer. 

Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s unique background and style is sure to make Thursday’s performance a show worth seeing. 

Jeremy and the Harlequins will open the show.

For more information, visit the SUB website