THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Oct
8
Sat
The Claudettes | Great Hall Concert Series
Oct 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wielding a one-of-a-kind, piano-powered roots-pop sound, the Claudettes merge earthy blues and soul with pop hooks and punk spirit, writing an intriguing new chapter in American roots music.

Raised in Philadelphia, pianist/songwriter Johnny Iguana first gained renown as pianist for blues giant Junior Wells and as the co-founder of cult-favorite punk-organ band Oh My God. Johnny has since toured or recorded with Buddy Guy,  Otis Rush, Johnny Winter, Derek Trucks, Keb’ Mo’, Gary Clark Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, James Cotton and more. He has played on three Grammy-nominated albums and earned a 2021 Blues Music Award nomination for Piano Player of the Year.

Johnny co-founded the Claudettes with Michigan-born drummer Michael Caskey, a Downbeat Magazine award winner and five-time Detroit Music Awards recipient who has performed with Chuck Mangione, Koko Taylor, Marvin Hamlisch, John Sinclair, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Eastern Blok and more. Michael also toured as drummer for Johnny’s rock band Oh My God, as did South Dakota-born bassist/singer Zach Verdoorn. Zach toured prolifically with the bands Sleepeater and the Kickback before hitting the road with Oh My God and joining the Claudettes.

Minneapolis-born Berit Ulseth was singing in a Chicago country band when Johnny met her and first heard her sing in 2016. He immediately asked Berit to join the Claudettes, and she has now been the band’s lead singer on three albums, an EP and hundreds of live shows. Armed with the technique of a jazz singer (she attended the prestigious New School in NYC for jazz vocal instruction) and the soul of a country singer, Berit has what Johnny believes to be one of the most alluring voices in roots music today.

After releasing two mostly instrumental albums and a live EP (which was their first recording featuring Berit), the Claudettes recorded their 2018 album “DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNASIUM!” (Yellow Dog Records) with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys). In 2020 the Claudettes released “High Times in the Dark” (Forty Below Records), helmed by Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt (Violent Femmes, Old Crow Medicine Show). The Claudettes worked with Hutt and with Grammy winner Kevin Killen (David Bowie, U2, Elvis Costello) on a slew of new tracks that will arrive in 2022: a series of single releases from spring through summer and a full-length album on Forty Below Records in the fall.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, October 8
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
$40 for Non-Members | $32 for THELMA Members
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
$50 for Non-Members | $40 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
$45 for Non-Members | $36 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
Oct
13
Thu
Lighthouse Big Band: Jam Session
Oct 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LIGHTHOUSE JAZZ WORKSHOP PRESENTS “STUDENTS’ JAM”
A Jazz Jam Session For Students featuring the rhythm section of the WAMI Award winning Jazz Orgy

Jam session: an often impromptu performance by a group especially of jazz musicians that is characterized by improvisation (2022 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated)

Jazz is a music born of spontaneous composition (improvisation) and the exchange of musical ideas in these impromptu sessions. Older musicians would share their ideas with younger players, helping them to learn the music (rarely written in those days,) how to create  a solo, to know what is expected at these learning sessions, and to encourage them, not only verbally, but especially through the inspiration of their playing.

Jazz Education is an important part of our mission as we seek to provide highly motivated young musicians the unique opportunity to perform in a “real world” situation with professional-caliber jazz musicians

These  JAM SESSIONS  are geared towards that opportunity of sharing ideas in a real world situation. Area high school players, as well as other local musicians of all ages, are invited to join the members of the award winning Jazz Orgy (all educators as well as players) and noted jazz educator/performer Brad Curran in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for an authentic jazz jam session. The creativity will begin at 6:00pm, to encourage participation by school age musicians. The session will continue until 9:00pm to allow for additional participants. Come out, bring an instrument to “jam” or just listen, support and experience spontaneous composition – jazz education before your eyes.

Date: Thursday, October 13
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club 

The Lighthouse Big Band, a 20+ year mainstay in the music scene, is now also honored to be a resident ensemble at Thelma.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety
of genres in the big band style. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev.

“The Lighthouse Big Band is honored to be a part of the area arts community, presenting listening opportunities, promoting learning opportunities and preserving this great art form,” says Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band.

Band Information HERE 

Nov
3
Thu
Lighthouse Big Band: Jam Session
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

LIGHTHOUSE JAZZ WORKSHOP PRESENTS “STUDENTS’ JAM”
A Jazz Jam Session For Students featuring the rhythm section of the WAMI Award winning Jazz Orgy

Jam session: an often impromptu performance by a group especially of jazz musicians that is characterized by improvisation (2022 Merriam-Webster, Incorporated)

Jazz is a music born of spontaneous composition (improvisation) and the exchange of musical ideas in these impromptu sessions. Older musicians would share their ideas with younger players, helping them to learn the music (rarely written in those days,) how to create  a solo, to know what is expected at these learning sessions, and to encourage them, not only verbally, but especially through the inspiration of their playing.

Jazz Education is an important part of our mission as we seek to provide highly motivated young musicians the unique opportunity to perform in a “real world” situation with professional-caliber jazz musicians

These  JAM SESSIONS  are geared towards that opportunity of sharing ideas in a real world situation. Area high school players, as well as other local musicians of all ages, are invited to join the members of the award winning Jazz Orgy (all educators as well as players) and noted jazz educator/performer Brad Curran in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for an authentic jazz jam session. The creativity will begin at 6:00pm, to encourage participation by school age musicians. The session will continue until 9:00pm to allow for additional participants. Come out, bring an instrument to “jam” or just listen, support and experience spontaneous composition – jazz education before your eyes.

Date: Thursday, November 3
Time: 6 PM – 9 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club 

The Lighthouse Big Band, a 20+ year mainstay in the music scene, is now also honored to be a resident ensemble at Thelma.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety
of genres in the big band style. The Lighthouse Big Band performs music including traditional big bands/dance bands of the 30’s and 40’s, the music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Latin Jazz, contemporary big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

The LBB has long been the house band for the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival, and has appeared in concert and dance venues throughout the state backing such jazz stalwarts as Tom “Bones” Malone, David “Fathead” Newman, Kevin Mahogany, Eugene Rousseau, Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman, Janet Planet, and the acclaimed jazz trumpeter Valery Ponomarev.

“The Lighthouse Big Band is honored to be a part of the area arts community, presenting listening opportunities, promoting learning opportunities and preserving this great art form,” says Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band.

Band Information HERE 

Nov
12
Sat
Copper Box | Great Hall Concert Series
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Copper Box is a quartet based in Oshkosh, WI and was started in 2002 with co-founders, Danny & Michelle Jerabek.  Danny Jerabek grew up performing in his dad’s band at the early age of 9 and was self-taught on button accordion (currently endorsed by Hohner Accordions), drums, trumpet, sax, etc.  He married Michelle Thull, who also performed in her dad’s family band and they started Copper Box so they could be together on stage.  With the help of a few other very talented musicians (currently, Dan Cable (DC) on drums and Dave Chyla on bass), Copper Box continues to deliver a punch in entertainment and musicality, playing familiar songs with a twist in a multi-genre accord (polka-rock-blues), as well as their own originals for concerts and events.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
$30 for Non-Members | $24 for THELMA Members
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
$40 for Non-Members | $32 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
$35 for Non-Members | $28 for THELMA Members (Per Person)

Nov
17
Thu
Meredith Setser: “Strata Verse”
Nov 17 2022 – Jan 7 2023 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 17, 2022 – January 7, 2023.

Meredith Setser is and printmaker and textile artist currently employed as an assistant professor of printmaking at the Herron School of Art and Design in Indianapolis. She studied at both Edinboro University in Pennsylvania and Indiana University (IUPUI campus) for her undergraduate studies, earning a BFA in 1997. She also attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she completed her MFA degree in 2004. Meredith has taught printmaking courses as an adjunct instructor at both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Milwaukee School of Art and Design.

Meredith is an active member of the printmaking community and has attended several conferences, including the Southern Graphics Council Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, where she gave a demonstration entitled “Printing on Unusual Surfaces”. She most recently gave a plaster pronto plate lithography demonstration at the 2008 Mid-America Art conference. Her plaster technique is featured on Friedhard Kiekeben’s site dedicated for nontoxic printmaking, www.nontoxicprint.com.

Some recent shows include the Qijiang International Print Exhibition in South West China, the 12th Annual Washington Printmaker’s Small Print Exhibition in Washington, DC, Folly, a solo exhibition at the Basile Gallery in Indianapolis, and Perform/Install III at the South Bend Museum of Art. Along with teaching printmaking, Meredith has given several workshops and demonstrations in the textile medium of felt making across the United States. She currently resides in Indianapolis with her partner George, 3 iguanas, 4 birds, and 9 tortoises. Although she now lives in the great state of Indiana, Meredith was born in Wyandotte, Michigan and spent much of her childhood here. In spite of her busy work schedule, she still finds the time to vacation annually in Rose City, Michigan, and migrates to Detroit several times a year to catch Red Wings hockey at the Joe Louis Arena.

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Michael Litzau: Acts of Devotion
Nov 17 2022 – Jan 7 2023 all-day

Exhibition will be on display from November 17, 2022 – January 7, 2023.

“Ritual is described as an established or prescribed procedure for a religious or other rite. In a sense, a ritual is a physical action that affirms ones connection and belonging to a higher being. If one were to devote more time and effort to something, would they be more connected or valued? My artwork embraces tedious techniques and time consuming art making. I utilize a variety of techniques that are aesthetically different but connected in subject matter. In my work I use cross-stitch, hand cut copper and printmaking because they are meticulous and repetitive. The visuals in my artwork are players of the Green Bay Packers. Through my dedication to time consuming processes I am proving my worth as a fan. By spending obsessive hours on attention to detail I elevate my subject matter from a mere image to an iconic level.

Growing up in Wisconsin I was indoctrinated into being a fan of the Green Bay Packers. As I have moved around the country I find that running into a random Packer fan is a welcome connection to another person but also to home. With fellow fans I can talk about how the season is going, last weeks game, or even where they are from. It is human nature to want to be a part of a group. My artwork, in part, is about connections with others over shared interests and experiences.”

For more information about the artist click HERE!

 

Galleries are free to view:

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
Closed on Sundays

Nov
18
Fri
Natural Satellite | Great Hall Concert Series
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Love and music: two things that have been at the very center of Karli and Jason’s  relationship since the beginning. Karli, a classically trained cellist, met Jason Reisdorf in  2011 while attending the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP). They quickly  fell in love. After earning their music degrees, they moved to the Fox Valley in hopes of  creating a new life for themselves. Jason, a talented saxophonist, had no problem  immersing himself in the Fox Valley’s bustling music scene and was soon performing in  a number of groups. Karli, however, was unsure of herself as a musician and decided to  focus her attention on other interests. It wasn’t until Karli found herself in a deep  depression that she began regularly playing her instrument again. She started writing  songs as a way to heal, process, and explore her innermost feelings. After showing  Jason a few of these songs, the couple began writing and creating together. From there,  Natural Satellite was born.

Since then, Natural Satellite has released three EPs of work titled “From Ash,”  “Peace of Mind,” and “So Blue.” The duo blends the genres of indie, pop, folk, and jazz  into a truly unique and refreshing sound. Karli explores themes of mental health,  personal growth, and spirituality in her lyrics, and draws upon her own life experiences. Jason flows effortlessly around Karli’s unique  style of playing, and when the pair harmonize, it’s as if they are one instrument.  Improvisation plays an important role in their music. Jason often solos, opening up their  songs and allowing for new colors and textures to flow in. When you watch Natural  Satellite perform live, you can feel the love and trust between the couple, and the  absolute joy it brings them to make music.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE
Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
$25 for Non-Members | $20 for THELMA Members
Dec
8
Thu
Isthmus Brass | Great Hall Concert Series
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Under the direction of brass-icon, John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble.  Named for a strip of land between the lakes of Mendota and Monona in Madison the IB was established in 2009 as some of the most high profile brass players in the region 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 and at retirement homes in Madison.  Since then the group has taken off on the professional concert circuit and is currently being selected to perform on concert series and music festivals throughout the Midwest.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE
Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
Dec
15
Thu
For Kids from 1-92 | Great Hall Concert Series
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“For Kids from One to Ninety Two” is a holiday extravaganza, with everything from beautifully lush, traditional fare to great pop songs and joyful, family favorites. 

This show will warm your heart but it’s also plenty exciting enough to make it beat a little faster, just the sort of feeling that this time of year is all about. Come to the show with the real hitmakers and make it your best Holiday ever! – Steve March-Tormé

Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets: 
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
Dec
16
Fri
The Jimmys | Great Hall Concert Series
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

THE JIMMYS combine the seasoned keyboard and Hammond B-3 organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, the legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals, drummer Chris Sandoval – veteran of the Tommy Castro band, the expertise of southern Wisconsin’s finest bass guitar, and rounded out by an amazing horn section! Seven piece award winning blues and R&B band!

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
$35 for Non-Members | $28 for THELMA Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
$40 for Non-Members | $32 for THELMA Members (Per Person)