Justin and Alexandra Smith and Grant and Katie Grinstead have been named as co-chairs of the 16th annual Windy Dinner THELMA Style, the largest fundraising event for Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA).
Windy Dinner THELMA Style is set for Thursday, October 6. Reservations may be made at thelmaarts.org.
Justin Smith is the President and CEO of C.D. Smith Construction Services, In addition to the THELMA Board, Justin Smith is a member of the Marian University Board of Trustees and the Board of Directors for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Wisconsin.
Alexandra Smith is a member of the Charity Club of Fond du Lac and the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund. She recently was a member of the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Fond du Lac.
Grant Grinstead, of Vir-Clar Farms, is a member of the THELMA Board of Directors. Katie Grinstead, also of Vir-Clar Farms, is the president of the Fond du Lac County Fair Board and the Charity Club of Fond du Lac. She was named to Farm Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class in 2015.
Co-chairs set the fundraising goal, pick the theme of the evening which includes the caterer, as well as decide on the flow of the evening.
“Sasha and I are honored to be this year’s co-chairs and realize we have big shoes to fill,” said Justin Smith. “Last year’s co-chairs Pat and Rick Miller and Terri and Ron Emanuel set the bar incredibly high with the most successful Windy Dinner THELMA Style ever.”
Katie and Grant Grinstead echo those sentiments. “We are looking forward to adding a few new elements making the event even more fun to attend,” Katie Grinstead said.
The evening includes a cocktail reception, dinner, auctions, and entertainment. The recipient of the James C. Hubbard Windy Award will also be honored.
“THELMA is fortunate to have great support from our board and community as represented by the Smiths and the Grinsteads,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA’s executive director. “Both couples have dedicated themselves to bettering the community, and they bring that passion to THELMA and this major fundraising event.”
You may register for Windy Dinner THELMA Style by visiting thelmaarts.org and click tickets.
THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District.
THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to creating experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.
Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) helps to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in a video celebrating the Wisconsin arts scene.
THELMA is one of four organizations chosen to share their story.
The video, entitled United States of Arts in Wisconsin, premiered March 9 at Wisconsin Arts Day. You may view the video here and on the NEA’s website.
The video gives power and value of Wisconsin arts focusing on four elements: Diversity, access, rural arts, and economic development. Telling these stories are four exemplary Wisconsin arts leaders including Kevin Miller, THELMA’s Executive Director and Chairman of the Wisconsin Arts Board.
“I am proud to be included with the other arts leaders and to be able to share THELMA’s Fond du lac story with our state and nation,” Miller said. “I also feel a sense of gratitude to the Wisconsin Arts Board and the NEA when you consider the effect of the seed grant our organization received back in 1995. Fast forward to the present and see how that small investment has benefited the Fond du Lac community.”
Also in the video are Ferne Yangyeitie Caulker-Bronson, Founder and Artistic/Executive Director, Ko-Thi Dance Company in Milwaukee; Donna Neuwirth, Executive Director, Wormfarm Institute, Reedsburg; and Ruth Kohler, Director of Strategic Initiatives, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan.
“Our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts is crucial to the Arts Board’s work,” said George Tzougros, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Arts Board. “Their support takes many forms: funding, ideas, counsel, information, which we in turn share with artists, arts organizations, and communities all over Wisconsin.”
In 2015, the NEA has been gathering stories from the general public and grantees, elected officials and agency directors, artists and art lovers across the country about the importance of art in their lives and their communities.
The National Endowment for the Arts is an independent federal agency that funds, promotes, and strengthens the creative capacity of our communities by providing all Americans with diverse opportunities for arts participation. Learn more.
The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency which nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage. Since 1973, the Arts Board has supported artists and arts organizations with funds from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on the Wisconsin Arts Board, please visit here. For information on Wisconsin arts and cultural events, please visit here.
THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based, privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing arts experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.
Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced that it will host a reception for artist Chris Natrop Friday, March 11 from 5 to 7pm.
The Milwaukee native’s exhibit, Between Light and Half Light, is an installation of cut paper drawings that plays with light and color.
“Coming back home to Wisconsin to exhibit at THELMA is a wonderful opportunity,” Natrop said. “I look forward to creating a unique art-viewing experience by transforming their exquisite gallery into a site-specific, immersive environment.”
Natrop’s studio practice has centered on the act of cutting paper. Executed free form and exclusively with a knife, it has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique, a meditation of repetition and reduction.
Natrop was born in 1967 in Milwaukee. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992 with an emphasis in painting. He was an affiliate artist at Headlands Center for the Arts, and was a resident at Vermont Studio School.
Natrop’s solo exhibitions include Taylor De Cordoba, MOCA Jacksonville, Chapman University, Sonoma County Museum, BANK and Overtones Gallery. His work has been published in Art in America, Tema Celeste, Los Angeles Times, THE Magazine, New Yorker magazine and twice in New American Painters.
Natrop was the 2007 recipient of the Pulse Prize from the Pulse Art Fair, New York. And has recently completed commissioned projects for U.S. Consulate in Dubai, Los Angeles International Airport and Harry Winston Jewelers.
The exhibit will run through May 7.
THELMA’s Contemporary Wing is free to the public, thanks to the generosity of Horicon Bank. Horicon Bank has a tradition steeped in art and shares the belief that art should be accessible to all.
The gallery is open from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday, from 11 am to 3 pm Saturdays and during events. Check THELMA’s website for any changes in the hours due to private events.
THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) announced today that volunteers may now sign up to volunteer at THELMA online.
THELMA is looking to expand its volunteer program and now offers shifts including front desk attendant, art docent, ticket scanner, and event setup. Volunteers may complete an application, update their profile, sign up for shifts, and track their own volunteer hours online.
“As a non-profit with over 200 events a year, a box office that is open regularly, and two levels of art exhibits, volunteers are key to THELMA’s success,” said Kevin Miller, THELMA executive director. “THELMA is not only an important asset to the downtown and Fond du Lac area, but also a fun and exciting environment that is always changing making it a great place to be.”
Philip Shepherd, a downtown attorney, is serving in a volunteer capacity as THELMA’s volunteer coordinator. William Zierdt, retired from Marian University, and Grant Grinstead, of Vir Clar Farms, serve on the THELMA Board of Directors and are co-chairs of THELMA’s Volunteer Committee.
“Volunteers give their valuable time to THELMA, so the process of signing up as a volunteer and selecting the time you can give needs to be simple,” Shepherd said.
The software also allows THELMA to track how many volunteer hours are provided to the organization. To sign up, click here.
THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a privately-funded non-profit dedicated to providing experiences not readily available in the area. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. The Contemporary Wing has free admission and is open to all. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.
Learn more about THELMA at thelmaarts.org, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
7 pm in the Great Hall
No admission for the music. Food is $5. Catered by Casa del Tequila.
WAMI nominated Salsa Manzana will lead this celebration with its 12-member band.
A combination of Lawrence University students and alumni, music teachers, and veteran local talent, their goal is to celebrate and share a love of Salsa, Mambo, Cha Cha, Latin Jazz, Brazilian, Caribbean, and other related styles of music.
Salsa Manzana's Instrumentation:
Carlos Mendez - Vocals
Noah Harmon - Piano
Vicky Daniel - Percussion
Mark Te Tai - Sax/Flute/Vocals
A CD Release Party! First 50 people in the door receive a free CD of Come Together!
Tweed Funk, 2015 WAMI Winner for Soul/R&B, is joined by members of The WhiskeyBelles on stage and on this CD!
"Come Together" — incredibly — is its best offering yet. The inspirational and autobiographical "Sweet Music" is on par with Daptone Records soul darlings Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley.
This disc offers superb songwriting, vocals reminiscent of an earlier era, musicianship that drives it home and background vocals I haven't heard the likes of since the 60s. When I heard this for the first time, and realized that it was all original material, I was floored.
I have heard cover bands that did a fair job of resurrecting that style and time period...but this is almost as if someone, on a trip through the vaults, had discovered a long lost gem.
With each time through the album a heard more and more...all of it reinforcing my initial thoughts on the material. This is the real deal. These cats could not have done any better if they had deliberately tried to copy the sound.
Tweed Funk, a regular at the House of Blues in Chicago, is back!
Joseph "Smokey" Holman, Vocals
Friday, May 13
Ticket $20 ($12 for Friends of THELMA)
Friends of THELMA receive 40% off!
Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410 or stopping at the THELMA Box Office, 51 Sheboygan St., Downtown Fond du Lac.
More about The WhiskeyBelles
The WhiskeyBelles are 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
More about Tweed Funk
Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk's national ascent has been driven by their horn-fueled, Memphis flavored blues, roots, and soul. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin 6 piece soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70's. Tweed Funk boasts 5 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins in the last 4 years for the band and its members. In 2015 Tweed Funk was on the Cover/Featured in Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine; on the Front Page of the Argus Leader Newspaper (Sioux Falls, SD); on the Front Page of the Tribune Star (Terre Haute, IN); and on the front page of Section B in the Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, MN). Additionally, in 2015 Smokey has been featured in Living Blues Magazine; on the Cover/Featured in Blues Blast Magazine; and featured in Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine.
Tweed Funk’s third CD, First Name Lucky (released March 31, 2014) has launched the band to new heights: nominated for a 2014 Blues Blast Music Award in the Soul Blues Album category; reached #10 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Album Chart; reached #11 on the Living Blues Chart; featured as Dan Aykroyd’s (aka Elwood Blues) “blues-breaker” on the internationally syndicated radio program The Bluesmobile.com; airplay on BB King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM; nominated for a 2015 WAMI Award for Album of the Year and Song of the Year (Blues In My Soul).
"Tweed Funk was formed in 2010, and has been bringing the party to Milwaukee ever since. They got the horns, they got the rhythm section, they got Smokey Holman, the dynamic front man. Tweed Funk call themselves a show band, and they are proud of it. And now they are bringing a piece of that Milwaukee R&B to the world.” – Dan Aykroyd aka Elwood Blues
Tweed Funk has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast including: Sioux Falls Jazz Fest, Bayfront Blues Festival, Kalamazoo Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Northwoods Blues Festival, Byron Crossroads Blues Festival, Waukesha Bluesfest, Paramount Blues Festival, Prairie Dog Blues Festival, Blues at The Crossroads Festival, Chain O’Lakes Blues Festival, Buddy Guy’s Legends, Slippery Noodle Inn, House of Blues – Chicago, Jazz in the Park, Summerfest, and many more. Tweed Funk has taken their show on the road playing in 14 different states throughout the USA.
Don't plan on sitting at a Cajun Strangers' show! - Wisconsin State Journal.
Madison-based band playing traditional Cajun dance music from Southwest Louisiana! The music consists of two steps, waltzes and blues, and is sung mostly in Cajun French.
Saturday, May 21 in the Great Hall
Tickets: $20 ($12 for Friends of THELMA)
Friends of THELMA receive 40% off!
Tables must be reserved by calling 920.921.5410 or by stopping in the THELMA Box Office.
Brian O’Donnell, fiddle
Brian caught the Cajun fiddle bug at the Ashoken camp in New York, became enamored with Dewey Balfa and Dennis McGee, and promptly headed down to Lafayette, LA for six weeks of Cajun jams and bayou exploration. He managed to get a Lafayette library card, listened to every Cajun record they had, and got some lessons from Courtney Granger and Kevin Wimmer. Brian is a much sought after fiddler in Cajun music circles and he also plays bluegrass and old time music. He also plays fiddle and some guitar with The Barley Brothers.
Tom "Big Nick" Nickel, guitar, accordion, fiddle
Performing music has been a life-long endeavor for "Nick". His first memory of a live performance was by way of his mother, playing an old Gibson guitar, which she had purchased during the great depression. ("Nick's" father was less fond of 6-strings and played 4-string Tenor guitar.) Nick has created and performed in numerous bands over his career, the latest having been the now defunct "Big Nick & the Cydecos". He has authored several Cajun Accordion DVD lessons and enjoys traveling to SW Louisiana. Nick is the newest member of the Cajun Strangers having joined the team in late 2010 and will be playing guitar, fiddle and Cajun accordion.
Jim Schwall, bass
Although he writes songs and plays several kinds of music on several instruments, Cajun Strangers' bass player Jim Schwall is best known for playing blues guitar in the Siegel-Schwall Band. After hearing Cajun bands in pre-Katrina New Orleans, Jim rented a car and headed out for Breaux Bridge and Eunice where he spent his evenings on the dance floors of Cajun supper clubs. Jim first got to know the Cajun Strangers from the dance floor at some of their local dances.
Boo Mullarky, lap steel
A native born Cajun, Boo was immersed in the music, language, food and culture of Acadiana from day one. He was born into the Cajun enclave in Southeast Texas around Beaumont. In high school his family moved to Acadia Parish and he spent the next ten years living in Southwestern Louisiana. Boo's great uncle, Minos Broussard, was one of the original guitar players for the Hackberry Ramblers and gave Boo his first lesson on the six-string at the age of five. Boo has been playing guitar ever since and specializes in rural Southern picking styles. Years of finger-style and slide guitar playing made lap steel a natural cross-over. Boo was asked to join the Cajun Strangers after he showed up at one of the shows and sang the song his father always requested for his mother, "'Tit Yeaux Noir", by Lawrence Walker.
Chris Courville, drums
Chris is originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, and grew up surrounded by Cajun music and culture. With a background as a percussionist and drum set player that started at an early age, he honed his skills playing numerous styles of music while living in New Orleans and back in the Lafayette area. Chris has filled the drum set role for many Louisiana-based Cajun bands since the late 1990s and is now happy to bring that experience to the Cajun Strangers.
Colin Bazsali, guitar, harmonica
Colin has been playing music most of his life. Originally a jazz drummer, he set aside percussion for the folk guitar, harmonica, and banjo and began exploring traditional American musical forms, especially old-time banjo. This led circuitously to Cajun and back to the drums, which he played with the Cajun Strangers since early 2005 until 2011, when he switched to guitar. He also plays drums with theThe Dirty Shirts and banjo, mandolin, and guitar with The Barley Brothers (along with Brian).
WAMI Winners... Best New Artist and Best Song "Gold"
Electro Dream Dance Pop
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."
"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.
Friday, June 3