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!
THELMA's Fondue Fest Finale
Cash bar and food available.
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.”
Two of the country's best bluegrass artists on stage together at THELMA for the first time!
Rory, born sightless, performed at THELMA in 2013 with Paul Kramer and Swing Street. Eric was last here in 2012. Tennessee bred artists, Eric Lewis and Rory Hoffman, return to THELMA for a bluegrass adventure.
Thursday, July 31
7 pm, Great Hall
THELMA members receive 40% off concert tickets!
Rory Hoffman can only be described as a force of nature on anything he decides to pick up. This includes accordion, tenor sax and clarinet but of particular note is his has-to-be-seen "to-be-believed in-his-lap and upside down guitar style, evoking Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian with a little Bucky Pizzarelli mixed in. - Now Playing Nashville:
For more about Rory, click here.
A young fellow with a Collings guitar asked if he could sit in. Sit in, he took the place apart! I have heard many excellent flatpickers, but he was as good as any I've met. He was Eric Lewis from Memphis, Tennessee.- THE INDEPENDENT REGISTER, MADISON, WI
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51 Sheboygan Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Wednesday through Sunday
11 am – 4 pm
11 am - 8 pm
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