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Fond du Lac Jazz Festival - Friday

The longest running Jazz Festival in the state is set for November 7 & 8 at THELMA!

Tickets here!

We have it all - gypsy jazz, vocals, students!

Friday, November 7 in the Great Hall 

6:30 pm Sinister Resonance
The name comes from a composition written by the maverick American composer Henry Cowell, known for experimenting with the sonic possibilities of acoustic instruments. Cowell composed a solo work for piano titled Sinister Resonance, in which the player coaxes harmonics from the piano strings, creating a stark, ghost-like effect.Sinister Resonance covered this composition on its debut recording and in numerous live concerts, and in the spirit of Cowell's adventurous approach to sound exploration, the group has used that composition's title as both the name and musical identity. Read more here.

In the band:
Mark Hetzler (also of Isthmus Brass) on trombone and electronics 
Vincent Fuh (of Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra) on piano and keyboards
Mark Moran (from Hip Hop to Jazz) on acoustic and electric bass
Todd Hammes (of Madison Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra) on drums and percussion

7:30 pm University of Wisconsin Jazz Orchestra
Learn more here.

8:30 pm Harmonious Wail
Smoldering vocals laced among the jazzy mandolin and guitar; an infectious blend of continental jazz, swing, gypsy music and melodic vocals …how DOES one describe the sound of Harmonious Wail? The Wail has caught numerous listeners by total surprise during its more than 20-year history. Of all the venues and stages that these ‘NPR regulars’ have graced, it’s the PAC’s, festivals and showcase clubs that bring the most enthusiastic audience response! See their list of awards here!

In the band:
Sims Delaney-Potthoff on mandolin and vocals
Maggie Delaney-Potthoff on vocals and percussion
Jeffo Weiss on bass

Saturday, November 8 in the Great Hall

6:30 pm Marian University Little Big Band
7 pm Marian University Vocal Jazz
Read more here.

7:30 pm Janet Planet Quartet
Jazziz Magazine hailed her as a "Voice of the New Jazz Culture...amazingly powerful with seemingly limitless expression.” In her career, Planet has performed with legends such as Jackie and Roy, George Benson, and her mentor Nancy King, and shared the stage with many other accomplished jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, John Harmon, Gene Bertoncini, and Marian McPartland. She is also on the staff of the Tritone Jazz Camp and teaches voice privately as well as conducting clinics. Read more here. 

8:30 pm Lighthouse Big Band featuring Janet Planet
Fond du Lac's own Lighthouse Big Band along with Janet Planet will perform Bob Dylan covers! 

Planet, who released an album of Bob Dylan songs, is most influenced by lyrics, and in constant quest to connect the meaning, physicality and musicality of words. Like many other jazz and cabaret singers, Janet Planet has drawn from the “American Songbook” for material, but as an artist she is continually reaching beyond traditional boundaries for inspiration. Janet was drawn to the concept of a “Dylan Songbook” not only for the poetic value of Dylan’s work but also for the musical challenge his melodies posed for a jazz musician. here it at THELMA!

After Glow Saturday Only in Fountain City Room
     The Dan Gilgenbach Quartet

Tickets
One night/Both nights

*If you would like to purchase tickets for both nights or any tables, you must call 920.921.5410 or stop in 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac.

Adults: $20/$35 
Students: $10/$15
Bistro Table for 4: $100/$174
Pub Table for 2: $60/$105

 

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Fond du Lac Jazz Festival - Saturday

The longest running Jazz Festival in the state is set for November 7 & 8 at THELMA!

Tickets here!

We have it all - gypsy jazz, vocals, students!

Saturday, November 8 in the Great Hall

6:30 pm Marian University Little Big Band
7 pm Marian University Vocal Jazz
Read more here.

7:30 pm Janet Planet Quartet
Jazziz Magazine hailed her as a "Voice of the New Jazz Culture...amazingly powerful with seemingly limitless expression.” In her career, Planet has performed with legends such as Jackie and Roy, George Benson, and her mentor Nancy King, and shared the stage with many other accomplished jazz artists including Ellis Marsalis, John Harmon, Gene Bertoncini, and Marian McPartland. She is also on the staff of the Tritone Jazz Camp and teaches voice privately as well as conducting clinics. Read more here. 

8:30 pm Lighthouse Big Band featuring Janet Planet
Fond du Lac's own Lighthouse Big Band along with Janet Planet will perform Bob Dylan covers! 

Planet, who released an album of Bob Dylan songs, is most influenced by lyrics, and in constant quest to connect the meaning, physicality and musicality of words. Like many other jazz and cabaret singers, Janet Planet has drawn from the “American Songbook” for material, but as an artist she is continually reaching beyond traditional boundaries for inspiration. Janet was drawn to the concept of a “Dylan Songbook” not only for the poetic value of Dylan’s work but also for the musical challenge his melodies posed for a jazz musician. here it at THELMA!

After Glow Saturday Only in Fountain City Room
     The Dan Gilgenbach Quartet

Click here for Friday's schedule.

Tickets
One night/Both nights

*If you would like to purchase tickets for both nights or any tables, you must call 920.921.5410 or stop in 51 Sheboygan St., Fond du Lac.

Adults: $20/$35 
Students: $10/$15
Bistro Table for 4: $100/$174
Pub Table for 2: $60/$105

 

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The Jimmys

Thank you for The Jimmys!

A THELMA favorite, The Jimmys are what you get when you combine the seasoned keyboard/Hammond organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, long time member of Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, the drummer from The Georgia Satellites, the four-piece horn section from Clyde Stubblefield's Band, the expertise of southern Wisconsin's finest bass guitar, and the legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals.

Friday, November 14

Performance 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
Tickets are $20 ($12 for THELMA members)
Bistro Table for four $100 ($60 for THELMA members)
Pub Table for two $50 ($30 for THELMA members)

THELMA members receive 40% off

Tickets are on sale now!

Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410.

 

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Isthmus Brass

Brass music during the holidays is steeped in American tradition. Think of the holiday classic A Christmas Story and try to imagine it without the Salvation Army Brass Band.

“It’s not the holidays unless I hear a brass group” said Mike Forbes, co-founder and tuba player for Isthmus Brass.

The Fond du Lac area will not be lacking for this great tradition because Isthmus Brass will perform Friday, December 12Sponsored by Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, the show starts at 8 pm with the bar opening at 7 pm.

Wisconsin's premier large brass ensemble returns!

To learn more about Isthmus Brass, click isthmusbrass.com.

Friday, December 12
Performance 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
Tickets are $20 ($12 for THELMA members)
Bistro Table for four $100 ($60 for THELMA members)
Pub Table for two $50 (30 for THELMA members)

THELMA members receive 40% off

Tickets are on sale now!

Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410.

 

About Isthmus Brass

Under the direction of brass-icon, John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwestern United States, the ISTHMUS BRASS is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. Established in 2009 in Madison, the ensemble was formed when some of the busiest brass players in the area looked for a way to collaborate and perform together. They initially decided on a course of performing charitable Christmas Concerts especially for the Porchlight Homeless Charity of Madison where they have raised over $6000 over that last few years.  Since then, the group has become active year-round and regularly presents concerts of varying styles and repertoire on concert series and music festivals across America. Members include trumpeters John Aley, Dave Cooper, Jon Schipper, and Don Sipe, hornist Ricardo Almeida, trombonists Dylan Chmura-Moore, Mike Dugan, Mark Hetzler, and Mark Hoelscher, tubist Mike Forbes, and percussionist, Keith Lienert.

John Aley (Trumpet) is the Professor of Trumpet at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music and a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. He is a former member of the American Brass Quintet and has performed with other New York based ensembles such as Musica Sacra, American Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and American Composers' Orchestra. He can be heard on his new solo trumpet recording, Autumn.

Doug Lindsey (Trumpet) is a Doctoral candidate in Trumpet Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and performs in the Wisconsin Brass Quintet. He comes to Madison from Yale and is a freelance trumpeter in the Madison region. Doug recently finished a residency at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Jon Schipper (Trumpet) is an extremely active freelance trumpeter in Southeast Wisconsin and regularly performs with the Jeff Peronto Jazz Orchestra, Madisalsa, The Madison Jazz Orchestra, Joe Scalissi & The Dry Martinis, Four Seasons Theatre, and The Tim Whalen Nonet. He teaches instrumental band and general music at Madison Country Day School in Waunakee, WI, as well as the Jazz program at James Madison Memorial High School.

Charles Wagner (Trumpet) plays with every hip musical group in the Madison area including The Big Payback, Madisalsa, and Mama Digdowns. He also records and tours extensively with a New Orleans-Style Brass Band called, “YoungBlood.” He is a composer/arranger, educator, and freelance trumpeter in Wisconsin.

Ricardo Almeida (Horn) performs extensively throughout Southern Wisconsin as a freelance hornist. Having first established himself throughout Europe as an orchestral horn player, Ricardo is equally proficient as a chamber musician and can be heard on Crystal Records with the NFB Horn Quartet.

Mark Hetzler (Trombone) is a member of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet and performed with the Empire Brass from 1996-2012. He is the former Principal Trombone of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops and the Florida Orchestra. Mark is a Valade Fellow teaching trombone and chamber music at the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival. He is the Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dylan Chmura-Moore (Trombone) is a performer and advocate of contemporary music and is currently the Professor of Low Brass at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Dylan is an active solo, chamber, and orchestral musician and recently has performed with Madison Symphony Orchestra, Green Bay Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, Dal Niente, Isthmus Brass, Con Vivo!, and is a member of the brass quintet Ars Ventus.

Michael Dugan (Trombone) is the Associate Professor of Trombone at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In addition to his teaching duties, Mike is an active freelance artist in the Upper Midwest. Recent engagements include the Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as many fine regional orchestras throughout Wisconsin and Iowa. 

Mark Hoelscher (Bass Trombone) is a member of the Chicago-based Millar Brass Ensemble and is an Edwards artist/clinician. He freelances with groups in the Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison areas and is an active teacher and coach. He also serves as the Adjunct Professor of Trombone at the Peck School of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mike Forbes (Tuba) is “…an outstanding tubist with a solid, colorful tone, terrific technical skills, and dramatic flair” (American Record Guide). He is the chair of the Music Theory/Composition Area and Low Brass Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He can be heard on his solo album, Forbes Plays Koetsier (Summit Records) or with the Sotto Voce Quartet on their three Summit releases.

Keith Lienert (Percussion) is the percussion instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His performing and teaching career credits include Disneyland’s Collegiate All-Star Show Band, Arizona State University, Arizona School for the Arts, and Elgin Community College in Illinois. He has performed in Southern Wisconsin with the Janesville Armory Dinner Theater, the Dubuque Symphony, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, and the PanGo Steel Drum Band from Chicago.

John Stevens (Conductor) is the Director of the School of Music and Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a mem¬ber of the Wisconsin Brass Quintet, a UW-Madison faculty ensemble-in residence. Professor Stevens has enjoyed a varied career as a teacher, orchestral, chamber music, solo and jazz performer and recording artist, composer/arranger, conductor and administrator.

 

 

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Wifee and the Huzz Band

This 10 piece band has original music heavy band with Full Horn Section and a DJ in our entirety pulling from influences of old Soul, Motown,  50's-60's Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues and some Funk. When asked how to describe them, they are "New Vintage" or "New Classic Soul."

Most of our Original songs have been written by Coopy (CoopDeville- THE HUZz) and Kitty (THE WIFEE) together and with some other great writer and musician friends from Steel Bridge Songfest and other Holiday Music Motel events. The idea for this band came about on August 6th 2012 when the couple got engaged at Poh's Pub. Both played a lot of music over the years with many great artists and bands and we're happy to have come together to bring these new but old familiar sounds that are WIFEE and the HUZz!  

They will fill your soul with love while making you shake yo' booty all night long! 

Friday, January 16
Great Hall
Performance 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
Tickets are $20 ($12 for THELMA members)
Bistro Table for four $100 ($60 for THELMA members)
Pub Table for two $50 ($30 for THELMA members)

THELMA members receive 40% off

Tickets are on sale now!

Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410.

 

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Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns

An eclectic mix of blues, jazz, funk and original music, don't miss the debut of this nine-piece band at THELMA.

Watch them here.

Read more here.

Friday, January 30
Performance 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
Tickets are $20 ($12 for THELMA members)
Bistro Table for four $100 ($60 for THELMA members)
Pub Table for two $50 (30 for THELMA members)

THELMA members receive 40% off

Click here for tickets!

Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns is sponsored by The Goldsmith.

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Davina and the Vagabonds

So much more than just a blues act, Davina and the Vagabonds' shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments and tender gospel passages. Davina’s voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, and Billie Holiday, but comparisons don’t suffice: she is a true original. 

Sponsored by Lillian's of Fond du Lac, the group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, setting the Vagabonds apart at blues festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sighisoara, Romania, Sierre, Switzerland, Kemi, Finland, and New Orleans Jazz, Monterey Jazz Festival and Heritage Festival.

Watch them here.

Davina Sowers – Vocals/Piano/Ukulele
Dan Eikmeier - Trumpet/Vocals
Ben Link – Trombone/Vocals
Connor McRae – Drums/Vocals
Andrew Burns - Sousaphone/Upright Bass

Saturday, February 14
Concert 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
Tickets are $25 ($15 for THELMA members)
Bistro Table for four $100 ($60 for THELMA members)
Pub Table for two $50 (30 for THELMA members)

THELMA Members receive 40% off!

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Switchback

You have seen them on PBS, now catch this Celtic Americana band's return to THELMA!

For over two decades, Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack, have entertained crowds with their unique American Roots ~ Celtic Soul blend of music With an exciting mix of mandolin, guitar, and bass. Their harmonies have won them comparisons to famous duos, such as the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, and Simon and Garfunkel. 

Their Celtic music is authentically Irish, drawing praise from such traditional players as Matt Malloy of the group the Chieftains. Ireland has taken Switchback to her heart, with performances at art centers throughout the country and appearances on RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). At the same time, their music is modern Celtic, with songs capturing the Irish of today as accurately as the Pogues and singer-songwriters like Christy Moore.

But to pay attention only to the Celtic side of Switchback would be a disservice to the unique American roots music crafted by FitzGerald and McCormack. None other than the Grammy Award-winning producer Lloyd Maines chose to work with Switchback in producing three of their albums and considers the duo one of the most important acts playing Americana music today. Their latest collaboration has resulted in Switchback’s 13th album "Kanoka.” With the soaring pedal steel of Maines along with the boxcar-hopping harmonica of Chicago's own Howard Levy, Switchback has created a musical journey that will make every Midwesterner proud of the heartland and every non-Midwesterner longing for it.

Switchback television specials “The Americana Sessions” and “The Celtic Sessions” have aired on PBS stations around the U.S. The band has also been working with Paul Mertens (who arranged the music for “Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin”) on orchestral scores for “Kanoka: A Postcard from the Heartland” and “Bolinree: A Celtic Journey” suitable for a 50-chair orchestra.

Watch here.

Friday, February 27
Concert 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm
Tickets $20 ($12 for THELMA members)
Bistro table for four $100 ($60 for THELMA members)
Pub Table for two $50 ($30 for THELMA members)

THELMA Members receive 40% off!

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Nikki Hill

If you haven’t heard of her yet, prepare for your ‘whiplash moment’—you have been warned!

Check out this video!

THE BAND
Nikki Hill – Vocals
Matt Hill – Guitar/Vocals
Ed Strohsahl – Bass/Vocals
Joe Meyer – Drums/Vocals

Read more here.

Friday, March 20 in the Great Hall
Performance 8 pm
Bar opens 7 pm

Tickets are $20 ($12 for THELMA members)
Bistro Table for four $100 ($60 for THELMA members)
Pub Table for two $50 ($30 for THELMA members)

THELMA members receive 40% off

Tickets are on sale now!

Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410.

 

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