THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Calendar

Apr
19
Fri
The Jimmys
Apr 19 @ 8:00 pm
The Jimmys aren’t your typical blues band. With awards and reviews rolling in on their new album “Hot Dish” the Jimmys are primed for the world stage. Get to a club or a festival and see what they’re all about. THE JIMMYS are what you get when you combine the seasoned keyboard/Hammond organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, long time member of Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band, the expertise of southern Wisconsin’s finest bass guitar, and the legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals…OH and lets not forget the horn section!
Seven piece award winning blues and R&B band
Artist of The Year: 2013, 2014
Blues Band Of The Year: 2012-2014

Jimmy Voegeli (Hammond Organ/ keys/ vocals)
Perry Weber (guitar/ vocals)
John Wartenweiler (electric and upright bass)
Pete Ross (Saxaphones)
Mike Boman (Trumpet)
Derek Hendrickson (Drums)
Chris Sandoval (Drums)

WAMI Awards:
2013, 2015 Keyboardist Of The Year

MAMA Awards:
2013-2014 Artist Of The Year
2011-2015 Keyboardist Of The Year
2013-2015 Brass Instrumentalist of The Year
2012-2013, 2015 Saxophonist Of The Year
2013, 2015 Blues Performer Of The Year
2014 Blues Song Of The Year
2014 Blues Album Of The Year

 
Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Tickets
Standing room only $15 ($9 for Members of THELMA)
General admission $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 for Members of THELMA)
Reservations required for tables. Please call 920.921.5410 to reserve your bistro table for four or your pub table for two. Limited number of tables available. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Apr
26
Fri
Tweed
Apr 26 @ 8:00 pm

Part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues! 

Formed in late 2010, Tweed featuring Gervis Myles (formerly known as Tweed Funk) garnered national attention with the release of 4 albums and dates throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Southern United States. With Gervis Myles on board, the band recorded, mixed, and released “Love Strong” in just 8 days, a 10 track album featuring 9 original songs.
 

2019 WAMI nominee for R&B/Soul Artist, Tweed has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast. In 2018, Tweed successfully toured Europe performing shows in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Austria, and Slovakia. Another tour of Europe is currently being assembled for fall of 2019.

 
Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Tickets $10 ($6 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $80 ($48 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $60 ($36 for Members of THELMA)
Reservations required for tables. Please call 920.921.5410 to reserve your bistro table for four or your pub table for two. Limited number of tables available. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
May
10
Fri
Kyle Megna and The Monsoons
May 10 @ 8:00 pm

Kyle Megna and the Monsoons (2018 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the Year) and (2017 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the year) is an original Wisconsin band with an ever-growing following locally and beyond. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Toto, Rusted Root, Jack Russell’s Great White, and Here Come The Mummies. Touring the Mid-West and South-East the Monsoons are a tight-knit group of accomplished, charismatic musicians with diverse backgrounds, these guys know how to have fun while always keeping it professional. Best seen live, they feed off the vibe of the crowd as well as each other.

Their “dark-indie-blues-folk-rock feel” is a magnetic force that’s ever-charged with surges of creativity and artistic experimentation. Fused with a healthy dose of spontaneity and humor, Kyle Megna and the Monsoons channel can’t-get-enough energy that’s good for the soul.

Vocals and guitar are done by Kyle Megna (2018 WAMI Male Vocalist of the Year). Aaron Zepplin on lead guitar. Fred Velpel is on bass and is nominated for the 2018 Award for Bass. Mike Underwood is on drums. Ross Catterton is on saxophone. Kurt Shipe is on trumpet and is nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Noah Harmon is on keys

Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
Tickets $10 ($6 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $80 ($48 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $60 ($36 for Members of THELMA)
Reservations required for tables. Please call 920.921.5410 to reserve your bistro table for four or your pub table for two. Limited number of tables available. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Jul
18
Thu
800 LB Gorilla
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
This FREE concert is held outside on THELMA’s Plaza. The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St. Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! Games are available! Who doesn’t love life-size Jenga or a great game of Corn-Hole? Food will also be available.
 

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! 800 lb. Gorilla is a rock/jam band based in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a rock and roll core, the band pulls together funk and jazz influences to create driving, catchy, danceable grooves. A five-piece band, 800 lb. Gorilla places rock-solid guitar, funky keyboards and sax on top of a drums-and-bass rhythm section. The band’s original music blends indie-esque songcraft with funky, jazzy improvisation.

Originally formed by brothers Mark (guitar) and Daniel (lead vox) Humphrey, the band has evolved from a hard-rock power trio into a funk and jazz style after adding Kwame Newton (keyboards/alto sax) and Connor Allen (bass) to the collaboration. 800 lb. Gorilla has enjoyed a warm welcome from music lovers as they have developed their show on stages across Indiana and Ohio. The band intends to take the musical interplay higher, and continue to reach music lovers far and wide.

 
Concert at 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm
Free admission
Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf
If rain, we move inside. The show will go on!
 
Aug
30
Fri
Jacob Miller
Aug 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Jacob Miller attributes his enamoring sound to two brilliantly contradicting influences — formal performance and nomadic adventure. Miller is an accomplished player, having spent seven years leading a sextet, touring throughout North America and internationally to play for crowds of thousands. During that time, his relationship to music surpassed eccentric to border on fanaticism. He dedicated the entirety of his being to investigating, studying and dissecting American music, and his hard-earned understanding of sound is evident in the thoughtful arrangements and subtle production touches that make up his upcoming release.

However, Miller considers his professional stints and intense self-education no more important to the whole than time spent working as a farm hand in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina — which shaped his devotion to the finger-picking style of the region — or countless hours given to vintage recordings alongside aging locals in Appalachia — which culminated his profound appreciation for phonics timeless. Whether it’s resonating across Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall or quietly stirring a Midwestern living room, Jacob crafts music with care, sincerity and audible joy.

The singer/songwriter describes his eclectic sound as “world influences” with an “old-style, finger picking approach, with more contemporary song-writing and composition.”
  
Outdoor concert at 5 pm
Free admission
 
Sep
26
Thu
David Criner: Living Proof
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm

Exhibition will be on display from September 26 – November 9, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6 pm exploring the current art exhibition.

Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view his work. Cash bar and snacks available.

“If I think about the universe, and what science tells us, life as we conceive of it appears almost infinitely rare. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t meditate on what I see as the utter scarcity of this human condition, or if I am to speak more inclusively, this life condition. I am unable to take for granted, at least for very long, that we are beings complete with consciousness, an ability to sense beyond ourselves, and to communicate our impressions and feelings. If we distinguish ourselves from the inanimate, we as conscious entities form but mere micro-specks within the vast milieu of non-living material and empty space. What are the odds?”

“Painting, while it covers much ground in terms of the various energies that drive the process, ultimately brings me back to this phenomenon, and with cause for celebration. While working, I often see myself operating as both creator and observer, somehow in charge, but never more than a step ahead of the painting itself. The work bears a life of its own, and I feel like only a catalyst at key moments of development. When I am satisfied with a piece and consider it complete, I find myself more witness than owner, as though the spirit of the image continues to pulse just beyond grasp.”

David Criner is an artist working in Chicago. In his recent work, he transforms material in pursuit of an image which celebrates the present moment of life and consciousness. He received a BFA in Painting from the University of Illinois in 1991, an MFA in Painting from the University of Kansas in 1995, and has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe. David teaches in the Art Department at Northeastern Illinois University.

Vitus Shell: Now We Here: The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Nov 9 @ 5:00 pm

Now We Here: The Path to Unconditional Self-Acceptance by Vitus Shell

Exhibition will be on display from September 26 – November 9, 2019

Artist’s Exchange: Wednesday, September 25, 6 pm.

Free admission and open to the public, listen to a Q&A talk and learn about his process, inspiration, and execution of his work. Cash bar and snacks available.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 26, 6 – 8 pm

A curator-led tour will begin at 6 pm exploring the current art exhibition.

Free admission and open to the public, meet the artist as you view his work. Cash bar and snacks available.

My large scale paintings are geared toward the black experience, giving agency to people from this community through powerful images deconstructing, sampling, and remixing identity, civil rights, and contemporary black culture. In my work, I strive to bridge the gap between the older and younger generations by exploring and uncovering factors that contributed to the unfortunate relationship breakdown between the two.

Moreover, my layered, mixed media painting examines parallels between present day behaviors and attitudes that date back to African roots. With my current work, I continue experimenting with portraiture, acrylic paint, over-sized photocopies of early 20th century vintage advertisements and the incorporation of a foam-cut printing technique. My artistic goal is to exude the hip hop lifestyle with a southern vernacular. Through the use of the vintage advertisements allows me to create narrative based environments, which comment on stereotyping, bigotry, and oppression. The foamcut printing method provides me with the added layers to include text and icons, such as the minstrel images. Having spent much time researching graffiti art, I incorporate a variation of its characteristics, techniques, and unique aesthetics into my work such as paste-ups, stamps, and stencils. Using graffiti techniques allows me to challenge the viewer’s perceptions of what is considered low art or high art, which also addresses classism.

 

Oct
18
Fri
Armchair Boogie
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
We have the pleasure of bringing Armchair Boogie in again! From Madison, Armchair Boogie will showcase their youthful, energetic, and improvisational take on traditional bluegrass & folk Friday October 18. This band is absolutely on the rise in the Midwest bluegrass scene!
 
Armchair Boogie is a four-piece Bluegrass Folk band formed in the heart of Central Wisconsin. Conceived and brought to life by Fond du Lac’s own Ben Majeska (guitar/vocals) and Augie Dougherty (banjo/vocals) in the Fall of 2014.  A rhythm section was added in 2015 when Eli Frieders (bass) and Dan Waterman (drums) came on board.   
 

From bluegrass to funk to folk, Armchair Boogie delivers dynamic original performances nationwide.

Friday, October 18
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Tickets
Standing Room Only $10 ($6 for THELMA members)
General Admission $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $120 ($72 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $75 ($45 for Members of THELMA)
Reservations required for tables. Please call 920.921.5410 to reserve your bistro table for four or your pub table for two. Limited number of tables available. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
 
View Great Hall layout HERE.
Nov
8
Fri
Lex Allen with The SistaStrings
Nov 8 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

An empowering and fun-loving singer with infectious danceable and lyrically relatable music, Milwaukee native Lex Allen shows a dramatic and theatrical stage presence that is sure to entertain audiences of all kinds. A Soul Pop singer/songwriter that connects all ages, genders, genres and races at his over the top emotional roller-coaster of a live show, Lex engages with his audience on a personal level. Allen’s music breathes love and liberation. Lex strives to grow this momentum to an international stage appealing to both pop & subcultures. See him Friday, November 8! Learn more about Lex Allen HERE.

The SistaStrings will perform with Lex Allen. The Milwaukee based sister duo combines their classical background with R&B with a touch of gospel influence that culminates in a good vibe, lush sound. With thick string harmonies between violin and cello and soulful voices, SistaStrings takes you on a journey. Learn more about The SistaStrings HERE.

Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm 
 
Standing Room Only $10 ($6 for THELMA members)
General Admission $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $120 ($72 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $75 ($45 for Members of THELMA)
Reservations required for tables. Please call 920.921.5410 to reserve your bistro table for four or your pub table for two. Limited number of tables available. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Nov
15
Fri
The Mascot Theory
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A high-energy dose of toe-tapping Americana folk-country rock drenched in tight harmonies! They balance on an alternative folk influence and pull it together with a rootsy bluegrass blended Americana feel to give something that fits alongside their counterparts, but also has enough freshness to it to give it a unique spin and create their own sound as well, with a sonic backbone of 4-part harmony swells.
 
Along with a 2017 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) win for Best Male Vocalist (Erik Kjelland) and a nomination for Best Americana/folk artist, The Mascot Theory has won 18 MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) awards including back to back 2016 and 2017 Artist of the Year awards.
Friday, November 15
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm 
Standing Room Only $10 ($6 for THELMA members)
General Admission $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)
Bistro Table for Four $120 ($72 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $75 ($45 for Members of THELMA)
Reservations required for tables. Please call 920.921.5410 to reserve your bistro table for four or your pub table for two. Limited number of tables available. ALL SALES ARE FINAL.

 

View Great Hall room layout HERE.