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KWT featuring Tom Washatka

"...funkier, groovier stuff that people can dance to if they want and listen to if they want. Something for the mind, something for the body."

- The Scene

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Friday, April 24
8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
Great Hall

Friends of THELMA receive 40% discount!

Tickets $15 ($9 for Friends of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four: $75 ($45 for Friends of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two: $45 ($27 for Friends of THELMA)

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

 

Tom Washatka

Tom is a multitalented instrumentalist and composer who has appeared in a variety of musical forums. 

Some of his recording/performing experiences include working with John Harmon in a group called “Fire and Ice”. Formed in 1980, the group released its first album in 1983. Tom provided the title cut for the popular album; “Island Dancer”. In 1992 he joined Madison WI based latin-jazz group, Madisalsa, and performed with the critically-acclaimed band for 11 years.

In 1985 Fire and Ice teamed up with Grammy nominee, Chris Swansen, added a vocalist, Janet Planet, and guitarist Tom Theabo, and recorded the highly acclaimed album “Sweet Thunder in 1985. Since then, Tom has continued to write and record albums for his own record label “Stellar Records”. His CD “Easy To Love”, released in 1999, has gained rave reviews abroad.

In the year 2000 Tom traveled to Japan to be part of the formation of the first Fraternity of Jazz Musicians between Nagasaki and the Fox Cities.

Tom's performance experience ranges from Symphony Orchestras to opening for Super Sax, Weather Report, Freddie Hubbard and Tito Puente. As well as touring with his own quartet.

Tom is co-owner and composer for one of the most popular music libraries “Narrator Tracks Music”. His award winning music has been featured in movies as far away as Australia and P.B.S. specials across the U.S. In addition to writing he is an engineer and producer for Stellar Records/Steel Moon recording studio. In 2007 Stellar Records recording artist/vocalist, Nancy King, was nominated for a Grammy.

 

Kevin Wells

Kevin first performed professionally in his home town of Chicago. Playing Blues and R&B in smoky south side blues clubs as a high school student, before attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. While in college, he met drummer Tony Taylor, and began playing in college talent shows and jam sessions. In 1980, together with Tom Theabo, Janet Planet and Dave Janke formed the R&B band, Body Talk. Afterwards, he performed with the progressive rock band Maxgain.

And then, as a founding member of the seven piece smooth jazz group Playtime. Most recently, he spent years as a member of the Brenda Theabo Quartet, and then, as leader of The Kevin Wells Project, which reunited the members of KWT. And as a sideman Kevin has performed with many jazz greats, including Tom Theabo, Janet Planet, John Harmon, Robin Pluer, Tom Washaka, and many others. 

 

Tony Taylor

Tony has perform with Chris Swanson and John Harmon on the 1985 release of "Sweet Thunder" . He also shared the stage with Chuck Mangione, as a member of the ground breaking Jazz fusion group "Fire and Ice" with John Harmon, saxophonist Tom Washaka, and bassist John Gibson. Afterwards, he ran a successful recording studio, before returning to performing as a member of the Brenda Theabo Quartet. And now as the rhythmic backbone of KWT.

 

Scott Dercks

Born and raised in Appleton, WI, Scott began playing seriously at the age of 13 and started his professional career at 14, in 1972, playing for various Democratic Party functions in the ‘72 elections. (His mother was a national delegate for George McGovern).

In the 40+ years that followed, averaging 180+ dates a year, he has performed in every conceivable venue, from tiny clubs to huge festivals. Scott has appeared on the radio and television, both in taped and live broadcasts, and has done dozens of record dates. His playing and composing is featured on CDs, jingles and films. He has written and/or performed jingles for such companies as Disney, Ford Motors, Sony, Kimberly Clark, AAL (Thrivent), Ameritech, Cenex, The Green Bay Packers, Treasure Island Casino and many more. He has also helped teach clinics with such notables as Tommy Tedesco and Gene Bertoncini, as well as on his own at the grade school, high school and college levels. As a sound engineer he has worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Bobby McFerrin, Dianne Reeves, Gerry Mulligan, The Hi-Los, and numerous others. 

Scott has performed throughout the US and Mexico, and hopes to tour Europe and South America in the not too distant future. He has performed for Mayors, Governors, Congressmen, Senators and even the President.

 

 

 

 

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FdL Children's Chorale Spring Concert 2 pm

Music to Your Ears: Songs About Birds, Bugs, and Beasts

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Under the direction of David Hein, artistic director, this year's concert is titled Music to Your Ears: Songs about Birds, Bugs, and Beasts. The program playfully surveys music that is about, or in some cases by, animals.

Of note, Clare Grundman’s delightful, Zoo Illogical -- short poetic vignettes pondering the variety and oddity found at the zoo; an arrangement of Emily Dickenson’s droll Bee! I’m Expecting You! by Emma Lou Diemer; and you will not want to miss the inspiring choral performance of Kermit the Frog’s ode to individuality, Being Green. For information call 920.322.8943.

Sunday, May 3 in the Great Hall
Shows at 2 pm and 4 pm
Tickets: $8 for adults and $4 for children.

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.

 

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FdL Children's Chorale Spring Concert 4 pm

Music to Your Ears: Songs About Birds, Bugs, and Beasts

Get Tickets!

 

Under the direction of David Hein, artistic director, this year's concert is titled Music to Your Ears: Songs about Birds, Bugs, and Beasts. The program playfully surveys music that is about, or in some cases by, animals.

Of note, Clare Grundman’s delightful, Zoo Illogical -- short poetic vignettes pondering the variety and oddity found at the zoo; an arrangement of Emily Dickenson’s droll Bee! I’m Expecting You! by Emma Lou Diemer; and you will not want to miss the inspiring choral performance of Kermit the Frog’s ode to individuality, Being Green. For information call 920.322.8943.

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.

Sunday, May 3 in the Great Hall
Shows at 2 pm and 4 pm.
Tickets: $8 for adults and $4 for children.

 

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Copper Box with Kevin Fayte Rock & Roll Trio

Separate these bands are fantastic in the Great Hall! Together, it's a dance party!

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Friday, May 29
Great Hall

Kevin Fayte Rock & Roll Trio 7:30 pm
Copper Box 9 pm

Bar opens at 6:30 pm

Tickets $10
Pub Tables for Two $25. Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410 or stopping by the THELMA Box Office.

No discounts. Limited number of Pub Tables for 2 available.

Watch Copper Box!

Danny Jerabek on accordionDanny 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!
Filmed in part at THELMA by Sirna Productions!

Kevin Fayte TrioSearch 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.

 

 

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