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Music and Performances


Children's Chorale Spring Concert

Under the direction of David Hein, artistic director, this spring concert will celebrate May Day and include a dance around a May Pole.

Sunday, May 1 in the Great Hall
Shows at 2 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12.



In its 19th season, the Fond du Lac Children's Chorale serves children throughout Fond du Lac county drawing from public and parochial schools. It is a resident ensemble of THELMA. Membership is open to all fourth through eighth grade children, by audition. Auditions are scheduled at intervals throughout the school year, to learn more, email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or like Children's Chorale on Facebook.



Salsa Manzana: A Cinco de Mayo Celebration

7 pm in the Great Hall
Bar opens at 6 pm

No admission for the music. Food is $5. Catered by Casa del Tequila.

Reserve your Food Ticket.

WAMI nominated Salsa Manzana will lead this celebration with its 12-member band.

A combination of Lawrence University students and alumni, music teachers, and veteran local talent, their goal is to celebrate and share a love of Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha, Latin Jazz, Brazilian, Caribbean, and other related styles of music. 

Salsa Manzana's Instrumentation:

Carlos Mendez - Vocals 
Jose Encarnacion - Director and Percussion 
Marisol Encarnacion - Vocals and Dance Instructor

Noah Harmon - Piano 
Andy Mertens - Bass

Vicky Daniel - Percussion 
Dan Reifsteck - Percussion

Mark Te Tai - Sax/Flute/Vocals 
Julio Reyes - Sax/Vocals 
John Daniel - Trumpet 
Matt Granatella - Trumpet 
Tom Vande Avonde - Trombone



Tweed Funk w/ The Whiskey Belles

A CD Release Party! First 50 people in the door receive a free CD!

Tweed Funk is the 2015 WAMI Winner for Soul/R&B!

Whiskey Belles are 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.

A review of Tweed Funk's new album First Name Lucky by Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine 

"Tweed Funk is a multi-faceted weave of old school Memphis soul, blues and rock, creating a sound you can wrap yourself up in....'First Name Lucky' is classic soul with a modern edge and may be the next thing to make Milwaukee famous."

Click for video: Blues in My Soul

Tweed Funk, a regular at the House of Blues in Chicago, is back! 

Joseph "Smokey" Holman, Vocals
JD Optekar, Guitar/Vocals
Eric Madunic, Bass/Vocals
Andrew Spadafora, Saxophone, 2015 WAMI Winner for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year
Travis Drow, Trumpet
Nick Lang, Drummer

Friday, May 13
Concert 8 pm 
Bar opens 7 pm

Ticket $20 ($12 for Friends of THELMA)
Student $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!




Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410 or stopping at the THELMA Box Office, 51 Sheboygan St., Downtown Fond du Lac.

More about The Whiskey Belles

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 -

More about Tweed Funk

Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk's national ascent has been driven by their horn-fueled, Memphis flavored blues, roots, and soul. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6 piece soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70's.  Tweed Funk boasts 5 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins in the last 4 years for the band and its members.  In 2015 Tweed Funk was on the Cover/Featured in Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine; on the Front Page of the Argus Leader Newspaper (Sioux Falls, SD); on the Front Page of the Tribune Star (Terre Haute, IN); and on the front page of Section B in the Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN).  Additionally, in 2015 Smokey has been featured in Living Blues Magazine; on the Cover/Featured in Blues Blast Magazine; and featured in Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine.  

Tweed Funk’s third CD, First Name Lucky (released March 31, 2014) has launched the band to new heights: nominated for a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the Soul Blues Album category; reached #10 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Album Chart; reached #11 on the Living Blues Chart; featured as Dan Aykroyd’s (aka Elwood Blues) “blues-breaker” on the internationally syndicated radio program The; airplay on BB King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM; nominated for a 2015 WAMI Award for Album of the Year and Song of the Year (Blues In My Soul).

"Tweed Funk was formed in 2010, and has been bringing the party to Milwaukee ever since. They got the horns, they got the rhythm section, they got Smokey Holman, the dynamic front man. Tweed Funk call themselves a show band, and they are proud of it. And now they are bringing a piece of that Milwaukee R&B to the world.” – Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues

Tweed Funk has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast including:  Sioux Falls Jazz Fest, Bayfront Blues Festival, Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Northwoods Blues Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Waukesha Bluesfest, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Blues at The Crossroads Festival, Chain O’Lakes Blues Festival, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Slippery Noodle Inn, House of Blues – Chicago, Jazz in the Park, Summerfest, and many more.  Tweed Funk has taken their show on the road playing in 14 different states throughout the USA.




Cajun Strangers

Don't plan on sitting at a Cajun Strangers' show! - Wisconsin State Journal.

Madison-based band playing traditional Cajun dance music from Southwest Louisiana! The music consists of two steps, waltzes and blues, and is sung mostly in Cajun French.

Saturday, May 21 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!



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

See the 20 Minute Music Hour episode with Cajun Strangers.


Band bios

Brian O’Donnell, fiddle

Brian caught the Cajun fiddle bug at the Ashoken camp in New York, became enamored with Dewey Balfa and Dennis McGee, and promptly headed down to Lafayette, LA for six weeks of Cajun jams and bayou exploration. He managed to get a Lafayette library card, listened to every Cajun record they had, and got some lessons from Courtney Granger and Kevin Wimmer. Brian is a much sought after fiddler in Cajun music circles and he also plays bluegrass and old time music. He also plays fiddle and some guitar with The Barley Brothers.

Tom "Big Nick" Nickel, guitar, accordion, fiddle

Performing music has been a life-long endeavor for "Nick". His first memory of a live performance was by way of his mother, playing an old Gibson guitar, which she had purchased during the great depression. ("Nick's" father was less fond of 6-strings and played 4-string Tenor guitar.) Nick has created and performed in numerous bands over his career, the latest having been the now defunct "Big Nick & the Cydecos". He has authored several Cajun Accordion DVD lessons and enjoys traveling to SW Louisiana. Nick is the newest member of the Cajun Strangers having joined the team in late 2010 and will be playing guitar, fiddle and Cajun accordion.

Jim Schwall, bass

Although he writes songs and plays several kinds of music on several instruments, Cajun Strangers' bass player Jim Schwall is best known for playing blues guitar in the Siegel-Schwall Band. After hearing Cajun bands in pre-Katrina New Orleans, Jim rented a car and headed out for Breaux Bridge and Eunice where he spent his evenings on the dance floors of Cajun supper clubs. Jim first got to know the Cajun Strangers from the dance floor at some of their local dances.

Boo Mullarky, lap steel

A native born Cajun, Boo was immersed in the music, language, food and culture of Acadiana from day one. He was born into the Cajun enclave in Southeast Texas around Beaumont. In high school his family moved to Acadia Parish and he spent the next ten years living in Southwestern Louisiana. Boo's great uncle, Minos Broussard, was one of the original guitar players for the Hackberry Ramblers and gave Boo his first lesson on the six-string at the age of five. Boo has been playing guitar ever since and specializes in rural Southern picking styles. Years of finger-style and slide guitar playing made lap steel a natural cross-over. Boo was asked to join the Cajun Strangers after he showed up at one of the shows and sang the song his father always requested for his mother, "'Tit Yeaux Noir", by Lawrence Walker.

Chris Courville, drums

Chris is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, and grew up surrounded by Cajun music and culture. With a background as a percussionist and drum set player that started at an early age, he honed his skills playing numerous styles of music while living in New Orleans and back in the Lafayette area. Chris has filled the drum set role for many Louisiana-based Cajun bands since the late 1990s and is now happy to bring that experience to the Cajun Strangers.

Colin Bazsali, guitar, harmonica

Colin has been playing music most of his life. Originally a jazz drummer, he set aside percussion for the folk guitar, harmonica, and banjo and began exploring traditional American musical forms, especially old-time banjo. This led circuitously to Cajun and back to the drums, which he played with the Cajun Strangers since early 2005 until 2011, when he switched to guitar. He also plays drums with theThe Dirty Shirts and banjo, mandolin, and guitar with The Barley Brothers (along with Brian).



WAMI Winners... Best New Artist and Best Song "Gold"


Electro Dream Dance Pop

One of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Wisconsin Bands to Watch. "...a feel-good synthpop group responsible for some of the best dance parties in town."

"The en vogue, '80s-inspired dance party synths; the songs' heartfelt optimism; frontwoman Margaret Butler's delicate vocals and charismatic confidence — they've quickly made GGOOLLDD one of the most popular bands in the city."- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

"The warmly inviting “electro-pop” of Milwaukee’s GGOOOLLDD shines like its namesake. Making use of the traditionals of the genre — synths and synthetic beats, GGOOLLDD creates an effervescent environment for female vocals that are neither trying too much or too little,  a small amount of sweetness is lightly bolstered by an attitude of fun and confidence..." -91.7 WMSE Radio

 "Though swift, the young band’s still-increasing buzz is well-deserved, as formidable frontwoman Margaret Butler heaps oodles of vocal ferocity atop sleek and stylized electronic pop—all projected through a distinctly indie rock lens." -Milwaukee Record

GGOOLLDD has shared the stage with the likes of: Yelle, Yacht, Sylvan Esso, Har Mar Superstar, Strand of Oaks, The Family Crest, White Fang, Alvvays, Drowners, The Preatures, and The Polyphonic Spree among others.

Watch a video.

Friday, June 3
8 pm in the Great Hall
Bar opens at 7 pm 
Tickets $20 ($12 for Friends of THELMA)

Read more about GGOOLLDD.


Marielle Allschwang 

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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.

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!



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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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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