Separate these bands are fantastic in the Great Hall! Together, it's a dance party!
Friday, May 29
Kevin Fayte Rock & Roll Trio 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm
No discounts. Limited number of Pub Tables for 2 available.
Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, washboard, etc.) both started performing with their family on stage at an early age. Danny Jerabek was given a small Hohner accordion from his grandfather at age 9 and taught himself how to play traditional Czech polkas and waltzes. Later on in his early 20's, Danny was 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."
In their teens, Danny & Michelle crossed paths, but this time it was for good! They got married around the age of 20 and began writing songs, formed a band, and have been playing a lot of shows since.
For over 13 years the band has been pushing to keep this band on the road with the help of family, friends and fans. Current bass player, Drew Hicks and drummer, Jason Van Ryzin add the finishing touches to the "Copper Box sound."
Copper Box has performed for small, intimate shows 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.
They have been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, national TV, and WI Public Television.
From Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI to Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA to the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA to the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, Copper Box is sure to catch your ears listening, your feet tapping and your spirit lifted!
Watch Kevin Fayte Trio!
Search the name "Kevin Fayte" on the internet, and you're likely to find videos and recordings dating all the way back to 1983. That's when Kevin and two friends formed Madison, Wisconsin's only rockabilly trio, Rocket 8. That trio recorded an album of 20 originals that was later licensed to England's Nervous Records, an independent rockabilly-only label. Rocket 8 disbanded in 1986 when Kevin relocated to the east coast.
Flash forward 20 years and we find Kevin back in his home state of Wisconsin, and giving consideration to once again donning his cat clothes and Gretsch guitar. As fa(y)te would have it, he soon met a young man by the name of "Gentleman" Joe Shaffer in Green Bay at a Stray Cats reunion show. It turned out that Joe was an upright bass player on the lookout for a rockabilly band in need. After some searching and a couple false starts, Kevin and Joe finally signed "Dr." Brian Goetsch to keep the beat, and the Kevin Fayte Rock'n'Roll Trio was born.
In 2011, the boys released unto the unsuspecting world a CD of original music entitled, "Friday Night at Joe's Garage." Oldies DJ Rockin' John McDonald (WORT-FM, Madison, WI) proclaimed the recording to be "…REAL rock'n'roll music…", while SCENE magazine reported, "The trio has a raw, rockin' sound that is freshly retro and classically hip. There's plenty of reverb, slap-happy bass, and good times to go around." The CD continues to sell well, and is available for purchase and streaming on all the major digital music outlets. The Trio's music has also been used as the soundtrack for an episode of WHA's "Wisconsin Foodie."
In early 2015, the Trio released a video of "Long, Long Way to Go" (from "Friday Night at Joe's Garage"). The boys are currently working on a new recording project, and responding to fans' demands by expanding their audience to include shows in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago and all points in-between.
2015 WAMI Winners... Best New Artist and Best Song "Gold"
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."
Electro Dream Dance Pop
"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.
Thursday, June 18
This concert is proudly supported by a community advocate who wishes to remain anonymous.
Opening Act: Dream Attics. Read more.