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Copper Box

One of the hottest bands around that gives you a taste of Americana roots music, southern soul, originality, quality musicianship and ‘good, old fashion fun, that is sure to lift your spirit!

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Part of 11 Thursdays of Summer @ THELMA!

Thursday, June 30 on the Plaza
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

More about the band...

Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, washboard, etc.) got their start performing in their family's polka bands and met at a polka dance. After they were married, they started their own band with fellow musicians, Kevin Junemann (bass, ukelele) and Jason Van Ryzin (drums).

Danny Jerabek was given an accordion from his grandfather at age 9 and taught himself how to play it.  Inspired by Steve (Esteban) Jordan, “the Jimi Hendrix of Tejano Accordion” he began to “rock out” and improvise –thinking a little more, “outside the box.”  He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, TX and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, and has been featured on national TV.

For over 11 years the band has been pushing to keep this band on the road with the help of family, friends and fans. Copper Box has performed small, intimate shows in a 150 seat theaters and small clubs to large, main stage festivals nationwide with artist such as: The Little River Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Feat, Little Big Town, Peter Frampton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lou Gramm, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier, Brave Combo, Terrance Simien, W.C. Clark, The Doobie Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, and REO Speedwagon.  

Copper Box has received the following awards:

-Americana Artist of the Year 2012, 2009 (WAMI)

-Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year 2011 & 2010 (Danny Jerabek) (WAMI)

-People’s Choice 2009 (WAMI)

-Band of the Year 2002 (WPHF)

Wisconsin Blues Society describes Copper Box as “…one of the favorites of the Fox Valley Blues Festival 2004. This hot Zydeco Swamp/Blues Rock outfit with a great baritone and tenor sax gal and a hot accordion man. This group cooks and swings with some of the best Zydeco-influenced groups I’ve seen anywhere in the country.”

 

 

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Dr. Kickbutt's Orchestra of Death

Dr. Kickbutts's Orchestra of Death is 30's vaudeville, hint of jazz a splash of ragtime and load of cornball rolled into a bodily noise joke your uncle once told you by the campfire.
- CD Baby

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Thursday, July 7 on the Plaza
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

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Andy's Automatics

Smooth country western tones of Andy's Automatics are sure to create one unique concert experience!  

Thursday, July 14 on the Plaza
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

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Kevin Fayte Rock 'n Roll Trio

Vintage Cars and Rock 'n Roll

Vintage autos from Classics Plus on display on the street. Kevin Fayte Rock 'n Roll Trio on the Plaza -
FREE 3 pm to 7 pm.

Don't miss the fresh retro sounds of Kevin Fayte Rock 'n Roll Trio

Saturday, July 16 on the Plaza
5 to 7 pm
FREE

Then get your ticket for the Vintage Cars and Rock 'n Roll Finale with the bluesy-country-rock-n-roll sounds of The Bel Airs. 8 pm in the Great Hall!

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The Bel Airs

An authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Cash.

Vintage Cars and Rock 'n Roll Finale!

Vintage autos on display from Classics Plus and Kevin Fayte Trio - FREE from 3 to 7 pm! Then get your ticket and join The Bel Airs in the Great Hall!

Saturday, July 16 in the Great Hall
8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets: $20 ($12 for Friends of THELMA)
Students: $10 ($6 for Friends of THELMA)
Bistro Table for 4: $100 ($60 for Friends of THELMA)
Pub Table for 2: $60 ($36 for Friends of THELMA)

Friends of THELMA receive 40% off!

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Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410 or by stopping in the THELMA Box Office.

Follows free concert on the Plaza with Kevin Fayte Rock 'n Roll Trio!

 

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Bio

Fronted by brothers Dick and Dave Pruitt on bass and electric guitars, with Michael Cherry on drums, the Bel Airs play a danceable mix with an authentic but eclectic bluesy-country-soul-and-rock-n-roll sound influenced by the likes of Wilson Picket, Slim Harpo, Howlin' Wolf and Johnny Cash.

The Pruitt brothers' harmony vocal style sets them apart in the contemporary music scene--leading one reviewer to refer to them as the "Everly Brothers of Blues". David's "big guitar" and Dick's howling vocals over soulful, right-on rhythm playing make this trio a powerhouse.

Formed in 1981, the original incarnation of the Bel Airs included the Pruitt brothers, harp player Michael Henderson and drummer Pat O'Connor. In those days, rumor has it that in addition to playing guitar behind his head, little David Pruitt occasionally rode on Henderson's shoulders at the end of an especially raucous set.

Back in the days of vinyl, the original four members of the band released the Bel Airs' first recording NEED ME A CAR on Blind Pig Records in 1984. Later, Henderson moved to Nashville and played with the Snakes and toured with Mark Knopfler.

In 1991, the Bel Airs released DANGEROUS CURVES, recorded at Lou Whitney's studio in Springfield, Missouri, as a trio. Later that year, when David moved temporarily to southern California, drummer Pat O'Connor left for Nashville as well, and in 1995, brothers Dick and David recruited Indianapolis native Michael Cherry, a veteran of the Paladins and the James Harman Band, to return to the midwest to take the helm of the rhythm section. The association has proven to be a fruitful one. The current line-up has been together over ten years, and has released two recordings. HOODOO PARTY (1999) was recorded in St. Louis and among the guest musicians featured is late-great pianist Johnnie Johnson, who emerged from Chuck Berry's shadow during the 1990's and often joined the Bel Airs on stage at St. Louis' legendary Off Broadway.

Their most recent recording effort is GOT LOVE on Hightone Records. Recorded at The Studio with Lou Whitney in Springfield, GOT LOVE features the intensity of the live shows that loyal fans know and love, with guests Jimmy Carpenter on horn and Joe Terry on hammond organ adding depth and polish in just the right places.

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RedFish Remix

Father/Son Duo!

Thursday, July 21 on the Plaza
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

More about the band...

Ken Fisher 

Rhythm guitar, lead and back-up vocals. Ken started playing drums in bands back in the early 70’s with several variety bands based in the Fond du Lac area. These bands included the Gary Jackson Trio, The Waynes, and the Kopy Kats. While attending college in Eau Claire, he played in a Band called Fortune (complete with a full brass section). From the late 70’s to present his band affiliations include: Bib & Tucker, Radio Flyer, Lonesome Highway, RedFish, Marliejane, RedFish Remix, and finally a solo act called Fish “N” Solo. 

Matt Fisher 

Rhythm guitar, lead and back-up vocals.Matt has been around music his entire life, thanks to his gifted family! Started early on in multiple choirs, quartets and duos. he plays in an outstanding four piece with family members called MarlieJane, and also love jammin’ with his pops in this duo, RedFish Remix. 

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VIVO

Part of the THELMA Jazz Series and 11 Thursdays of Summer @ THELMA!

2015 WAMI Winner: Jazz Artist of the Year! A lively and contemporary jazz-pop, bossa-samba music ensemble. Warren Wiegrut (Streetlife), Pam Duronio and Tim Stemper combined their creative passions to form this group. 

Thursday, July 28
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

More about VIVO:

Although Warren is famed for his saxophone work, you will also have the opportunity to experience his flute & melodica talents in VIVO, lending a very international flair to some of the Spanish, Portuguese and French songs that Pam delights in singing and that Tim enjoys coloring with his rich guitar chords and rhythms.

VIVO recorded their first CD, 'on the sunny side'  and a new CD of all original songs called 'This Is the Time." 

VIVO is also WAMI 'Jazz Artists of the Year" for 2015.

 

WARREN WIEGRAT saxophone / flute / melodica

Warren Wiegratz has received the prestigious Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for Reed/Brass Instrumentalist of the Year an unprecedented twelve times. In addition he has been inducted into the WAMI Hall of Fame. He is a highly sought-after saxophone and Jazz clinician, who performs and instructs in high schools and colleges throughout the Midwest. He has been featured in articles in the Saxophone Journal, The Leblanc Bell, and the Roland Users Group magazines.

Warren's solo version of The Star Spangled Banner has received national critical acclaim and has led him to perform it at sporting events across the country.

Warren recorded five highly successful albums with the internationally acclaimed Jazz/Fusion group Sweetbottom, two of which were released on the Elektra/Asylum label; Angels of the Deep and Turn Me Loose. Sweetbottom latest CD "The Reunion" released in 2003, is receiving rave reviews in music publications nationwide. He later formed the popular contemporary Jazz group Oceans that recorded two nationally-released albums, Second Chance (Pro-Jazz) and Ridin' the Tide (Pro-lazz) and performed on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, ESPN's Special Report, CBS Sports, and at major Jazz Festivals across the United States.

He is also the founder of Streetlife (Official Band of the Milwaukee Bucks) and has recorded several successful CD's with the group.

Besides his performing and recording credits, Warren has scored two motion pictures, Dreamweaver and Lady Mary. His composition Felicia is featured on the soundtrack to the major motion picture I Love You to Death, a Columbia-Star Pictures release. Warren has written music extensively for commercials and audio/visual projects that have been honored with several first-place awards, National Ad Club Addys among them. He composed, arranged, and performed two works, A Gift So Rare and Ponteo, with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, receiving rave reviews from the Milwaukee Journal newspaper. He was commissioned to write and perform an original work for saxophone and orchestra with the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra, Three Scenes for Contemporary Jazz Saxophone and Orchestra, which was very well received on its premiere.

Warren has performed and recorded with countless renowned national and international artists, including Phil Collins, George Duke, Al Dimeola, Lenny White, Daryl Stuermer, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Supremes, Steve Smith, Jaco Pastorius, Wayman Tisdale, Lyle Mays, Chris Spheeris, Bobby Caldwell and Eric Benet.

In addition to playing with Streetlife, Waren is resident composer/arranger for Milwaukee's newest state-of-the-art recording faciliff, BeatHouse Music. He is the Lead Tenor Saxophonist with the All-Star-Super Band, a rehearsal Big Band Jazz Ensemble featuring many of Southeastern Wisconsin's finest musicians. He is also a member of Hal Leonard Music Publishing's "A-Team" of studio musicians, recording music for hundreds of song and lesson books. 

PAM DURONIO - vocals / percussion

Pam is a seasoned professional vocalist who started singing as a teen in various R&8, Soul and Mainstream venues while also studying classical singing and drums.

Before she was 20, Pam was introduced to recordings by EIla Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Carmen McRae and other legendary jazz vocalists whom she greatly admired. She was drawn to their swing & Latin jazz rhythms as well as their improvisational vocals and nuances. A blend of all these influences & experiences flow throughout her singing while she maintains her own unique vocal style and expression.

As a young singer Pam was introduced to highly respected jazz vocalist Mark Murphy, who honored Pam with coveted invitations to sing on his stage. She also had the opportunity to sing alongside Bobby Militello, saxophonist for Dave Brubeck & Maynard Ferguson and sang with Milwaukee guitarists Don Momblow & George Pritchet.

Pam was invited to sing the National Anthem for the Milwaukee Bucks, the Brewers & the Wave. By day, Pam spent many years working as a professional vocalist and voice-over speaking talent in recording VIVO studios for radio and television.

Pam has acted in television commercials & was recruited to act in a locally produced movie entitled Dreamweaver through Pyramid Pictures. She has been a vocal coach throughout her career. She is runner-up "Female Jazz Vocalist" of the year from the Sheperd Express publication. 

TIM STEMPER - guitar

Tim studied guitar privately and became a professional musician in his early teens playing in and near his home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

He was selected to perform and tour as band member in the original & ever-popular Kids From Wisconsin when he was in high school. His diverse exposures range from Howard Roberts and Johnny Smith to Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana & others. His experience ranges from performing with 26-piece big bands to intimate jazz combos.

Tim has a keen sense for rhythm and became skilled at playing hand drums during his time living and playing in the Caribbean. He spent many years teaching guitar & continues on a limited basis. Tim is highly respected for his unique guitar capabilities.

His years of playing without bass & drums allowed him to develop the distinctive ability to slide effortlessly from bass to rhythm to solo guitar...all without losing a beat! 

Pam and Tim teamed up and performed throughout the U.S.. the Caribbean and the South Pacific-including Tahiti and Hawaii; as well as various Milwaukee venues. Over the years they have worked as a guitar and vocal duo and together with countless talented musicians in their bands: Jasmine, Pam & the Players, Friends & Prisma. They've performed in concert venues opening for such Jazz greats as The Billy Taylor Trio, Buddy Montgomery and Herbie Mann.

Pam and Tim were honored to be invited to perform in Buddy Montgomery's' Jazz Alliance, which featured national greats Slide Hampton & Marlena Shaw, among others. For several years, you could expect to see them on stage with one of their bands at Summerfest, the famed: world's largest music festival. Together, they have been invited to participate in clinics for local schools and to compose and perform in commercials for television & radio. Pam & Tim have two duo CD's to their credit: All is Calm and Better Than Anvthinq.

 

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Marcia Ball

Returning from her sold out show here in 2014, Marcia Ball is a sensational, saucy singer and superb pianist. Her music is a playful rollicking good time with songs that ring with emotional depth. Check out her appearance on HBO's Treme.

Friday, July 29
8 pm, Great Hall
Bar opens at 7 pm


Tickets $30 ($18 for Friends of THELMA)
Bistro Table for 4 $150 ($90 for friends of THELMA)
Pub Table for 2 $75 ($45 for Friends of THELMA)

Friends of THELMA receive 40% off

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Watch a video of Marcia Ball!

Learn more here about Marcia Ball.

 

 

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Tallymoore

Making their debut in 2012, this Milwaukee-based contemporary folk band hit the Irish music scene making appearances at major Midwestern Irish festivals, popular bars and restaurants, and as featured artists for annual events and fundraisers.

Tallymoore's adaptations of classic Irish folk tunes have made them a favorite among music lovers and festival goers; with their strong vocal harmonies, youthful energy and spirit setting them apart from the traditional style. With much success and an eager gaze on the future, Tallymoore finished out their 2013 summer with the release of their first full length, self-titled album.

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Thursday, August 4
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

Band members are:

Dave Kennedy
Erin Hoffmann
Matt Voell
Sean Ward
Karl Suechting

More at tallymoore.com

 

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The WhiskeyBelles

Three Chords and the truth! Roots country music, born of gin halls and juke joints Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure.

The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio. The 'Belles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their own witty originals sprinkled in. They’ve been compared with the Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris & Linda Ronstadt). The 'Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline - they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience. 

"One band that makes their performance look like more fun than legally allowed is The WhiskeyBelles. Blessed with decent chops, excellent harmonies and outstanding camaraderie and charisma The WhiskeyBelles delight audiences every night out." - Paddy Fineran - Scene262.com

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Thursday, August 11 on the Plaza
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

 

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Red Hot Chilli Pipers

Bagpipes with attitude and drums with a Scottish accent, this free concert is possible because of sponsors C. D. Smith, J. F. Ahern, Michels Corporation, and the Stone Family Foundation. 

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ proudly call their style “Bagrock,” the groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop anthems from artists like AC/DC, The Beatles, Queen, Deep Purple, and Survivor. 

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Saturday, August 13 in the Street
On Sheboygan Street between Portland and Marr Streets (in front of THELMA)

4 pm
Bar opens 2 pm

The band appeals to all ages in all parts of the world. They have performed at the Olympics, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and Formula 1 events. They headline Milwaukee’s Irish Fest nearly every year. 

The Pipers have sold out tours in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium, The Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland, Ukraine, Barbados, Dubai, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and India.

Avid fans include actors Ewan McGregor and Samuel L. Jackson, and royalty Her Majesty the Queen and Sir Paul McCartney. 

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Dirk Quinn Band

Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada.

Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style - one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.

The band’s infectious energy and musical interplay routinely attract listeners that are admittedly more accustomed to lyric-based music. With great melodic sensibilities, rhythmic experimentation and an accessible modern edge, the Dirk Quinn Band is jazz/funk improvisation at its most exciting!

Thursday, August 18 on the Plaza
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

 

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Jazz Orgy

Part of the THELMA Jazz Series and the finale in the 11 Thursdays of Summer @ THELMA!

The Players

Mark Martin - Piano / Organ / Keyboards
Andy Mertens - Bass / Vocals
Mike Underwood - Drums
Stephen Cooper (WiFEE and the HUZz Band) - Saxophones / Vocals

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Thursday, August 25 on the Plaza
Concert 7 pm
Bar 5 pm

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the Great Hall.

Sponsors make this possible for our community!

Headliner Sponsors: Lillian’s, The Goldsmith and C.D. Smith

Opening Act Sponsors: Connie’s Diner, Gallery & Frame Shop, Texture Salon, The Coliseum, Sam Meyer/State Farm & Hometown Bank.

The media sponsor is Radio Plus.

Food available from Downtown Deli to Go, Chameleon Food Truck and Ang 'n Eddies.

 

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