In May 2021, Visit Kenosha released this news:

After the civil unrest in Kenosha in August 2020, indie singer-songwriter and Kenosha native Tom Goss wrote an uplifting song about the city he grew up in. He recorded the song “Cooler Near the Lake” that features a chorus of Kenosha voices and produced a music video featuring various Kenosha attractions, events, and landmarks. He partnered with Visit Kenosha to produce the video, which was released to the public on May 3.

The video can be viewed HERE>

About “Cooler Near The Lake”

Tom was working on the song when a mutual friend connected him with Visit Kenosha. What started as helping find Kenosha residents to sing on the track turned into a partnership when Visit Kenosha offered to share footage from its video library.

The intent of the song is to remind local residents and visitors alike about the wonderful things there are to enjoy in Kenosha, and that truly good people call this community home.

“Like many Americans, I had a hard time watching the violence that unfolded in Kenosha in 2020," Tom Goss shares. “As a native Kenoshan, I have seen first-hand the problems it faces. But even more importantly, I've seen a community that continues to grow despite turmoil, a community that is constantly working and growing in hopes of being better, and a community that understands that the future is in the next generation, and thus devotes its energy to being a safe, welcoming, and enriching space. I wrote 'Cooler Near the Lake' in hopes of showcasing what makes Kenosha so special – its people.” 

Additionally, Tom wants to give back to the community that he was raised in. The Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha – a group that focuses on the next generation that will continue to make Kenosha a better place – will benefit from all sales and digital download proceeds of the “Cooler Near the Lake” song and video.

About Tom Goss

Tom Goss is an indie singer-songwriter who mixes tender ballads with folk/pop. A prolific writer and performer, he has released seven albums and played more than a thousand shows across the US, Canada, and Europe to a growing group of dedicated fans. Tom has been compared to Brett Dennen and Mat Kearney.

Tom's songs have been heard on ABC, HBO, and in several films. His music videos have been viewed more than 15 million times on various channels and streaming platforms. Tom has shared a stage with performers as diverse as Andy Grammer, Martha Wash, Taylor Dane, Adrianne Gonzalez, and Catie Curtis, and he enjoys a particularly strong following in the LGBT community.

A native of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tom went to college in Missouri on a wrestling scholarship with plans to become a schoolteacher. A year of student teaching in Illinois changed his mind, but he still wanted to make a difference in the world - so he decided to become a Catholic priest and moved to Washington DC to enter seminary. Disillusioned by his experiences there, and with a growing awareness that he was gay, Tom found himself in music and began a career as a touring performer. He is currently based in Los Angeles.

About Visit Kenosha

Visit Kenosha has been Kenosha’s official travel resource since 1986. Visit Kenosha is a private, not-for-profit corporation with the sole purpose of promoting the Kenosha Area as a travel destination, and thereby contributing positively to Kenosha County’s economy. The organization’s marketing tools include the website and the Kenosha Area Visitors Guide.