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The Smithereens

The band's name comes from a Yosemite Sam catchphrase, "Varmint, I'm a-gonna blow you to smithereens!" For anybody with a deep appreciation of New Jersey’s rock ’n’ roll history, and for anybody who cherishes the American underground rock scene that emerged in the 1980s, this is a show you cannot miss.

FREE Street Party! 2 pm, Sunday, July 12 in front of THELMA.

The Smithereens have collaborated with numerous musicians, both in the studio (Suzanne Vega and Belinda Carlisle) and live (Graham Parker and The Kinks).  The group has been noted to sound a bit like The Byrds and The Beatles and are quick to point out that its Marshall Amplifier-heavy live sound is closer to heavy metal than it was to The Beatles.

The Smithereens have always worn their inspirations proudly, but the band also influenced other musicians, most notably Kurt Cobain during the period he was writing Nevermind. Along with a basic Eastern-coast roots-rock sound that owed much to the inspirations of DiNizio, including Buddy Holly, The Who, The Clash, Elvis Costello, and Nick Lowe, the Smithereens deployed a uniquely retro obsession with Mod, the late British Invasion pop of John's Children and The Move, and other artifacts of 1950s and 1960s culture that lent its music substance.

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WiFEE and the HUZz Band

Best described as the "new vintage," WiFEE and the HUZz BAND is sure to rock your socks off! Vocalists Ruby James and Stephen Cooper front this 10-piece powerhouse, leading the listener through their emotional love story with the reinforcement of a full horn section and a smokin' rhythm section that will take you back to the glory days of Motown while being on the forefront of today's cutting edge. 

Friday, July 24
8 pm in the Great Hall
Tickets: $20 ($12 for Friends of THELMA)
Bistro Table for 4: $100 ($60 for Friends of THELMA)
Pub Table for 2: $60 ($36 for Friends of THELMA)

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

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Pulling from their combined influences of Rock and Roll, Jazz, Americana, R&B, Rockabilly, and Soul, Ruby and Coop have assembled a band consisting of rock-n-rollers, jazz musicians, punk rockers, college trained craftsmen, and self-taught savants to orchestrate a sound that has all the subtlety of a stick of dynamite! 

Tender, heartfelt, and explosive vocals overlay the powerful, driving locomotive rhythm of the band… virtuosic soloists echoing tales of bitter sweet romances and true love stories… a horn section with militant precision conjuring ghosts of a bygone era...and the unbelievably immediate love story of two people fused together so swiftly and with such intensity it is as if they have always been together, WiFEE and the HUZz BAND will grab you in an instant and have you dancing and singing along from the very first note!!

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Eric Lewis and Rory Hoffman & Friends

This duo is made up of a pair of virtuoso musicians who will reel you in to a world of sonic beauty. 

Rory Hoffman has mastered sax, harmonica, mando, banjo, accordion and of course the obvious guitar and vocals.  In harmony and interplay with Eric Lewis, long a favorite of audiences whether solo or in any number of bands and musical styles, the music is amazing, mesmerizing, and thrilling all at the same time.

Eric and Rory are joined by Carolyn Martin, a 2011 inductee into the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, and her bass playing husband, David Martin.

Saturday, August 1
8 pm in the Great Hall
Bar opens at 7 pm

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

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

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Is this bluegrass?  Folk?  Unplugged Rock? Americana?  No, and yes – well it is fantastic acoustic music in a variety of styles with a variety of instruments, and a full storybook of tales and emotions.  It really doesn’t matter what genre you like most, you will love this show!

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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

FREE Concert on the Plaza
(We will go in the Great Hall if inclement weather)
Friday, August 21 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm

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