THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Calendar

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
 
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.

Dec
6
Fri
The WhiskeyBelles
Dec 6 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles (nominated for 2018 Bluegrass/Americana Artist of the year) are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio featuring pitch-perfect three-part harmonies and their own hot fiddle, guitar and bass playing.
 
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. Chrissy Dzioba (joe-buh) plays guitar and vocals. Kimberly (Kimmy) Unger plays the fiddle and vocals. Sara Moilanen plays the bass and vocals.
Standing room only tickets: $5
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm 

 

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Dec
13
Fri
Isthmus Brass
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. In this holiday spectacular, Isthmus Brass present a varied program of  arrangements of the best-loved holiday tunes. From early classic Christmas carols, to banging big band versions of today’s most popular holiday fare, the Isthmus Brass never fails to impress.

 

Friday, December 13
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Tickets $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.
Dec
20
Fri
The Jimmys
Dec 20 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Jimmys have been tearing up stages with their blend of blues, soul, funk, and R&B for nearly 10 years. Award-winning keyboardist/singer/songwriter Jimmy Voegeli has assembled an all-star band. With multiple awards under their belts, and a growing legion of fans, the band will crush anyone in their path on their way toward absolute galactic domination.

Wisconsin’s seven-piece club band, helmed by deft singer-keyboardist Jimmy Voegeli, makes a good case for international notice behind the rousing entertainment of their record since forming in 2008. They run the stylistic gamut – jump blues, shuffles, boogies, golden-era R&B, even New Orleans traditional jazz – using an honest, crisp expressionism that pegs them as eclectics of a particularly interesting sort.

Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets
Standing room only $20 ($12 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.

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Jan
10
Fri
Driveway Thriftdwellers & Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers
Jan 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Driveway Thriftdwellers have emerged as a top original act in Wisconsin’s Country and Americana music scenes. They will perform with the Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers with original songs doing a refreshing brand-new take on old-time country. Their music recalls classic hillbilly music, while bringing a distinctly modern and lively touch to the Americana genre.
Friday, January 10
Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Tickets
Standing Room Only $10 ($6 for Members of THELMA)
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.

Jan
17
Fri
Stephen Cooper and Nobody Famous Band
Jan 17 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Horns. Bass, drums, keys and seductive guitar. And at the forefront of all this, Stephen Cooper. Combining R&B, jazz, soul, blues, funk, hip hop, and rock, this is an eight piece band that promises that feeling will sustain. Stephen Cooper has been a bandleader, sideman, and touring musician for over 25 years. Coop draws in vocal influences such as Amy Winehouse, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and Al Green, while also being a highly accomplished saxophonist and instrumental soloist. Each member of Nobody Famous is a superstar on their own and we implore you to give us a spin! Learn more about the band HERE.
Friday, January 17
Concert begins at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm
 
Tickets
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.

Feb
7
Fri
Copper Box
Feb 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Roots/Americana quartet loaded with energy and a mountain of instruments, influenced by blues, jazz, rock, and polka!
 
Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, percussion, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, percussion, etc.) were nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Both started performing with their family on stage at an early age. Once in their teens, they crossed paths again and eventually realized they were meant to be together. They started writing songs and formed a band and the rest is history!
 
The current line up includes the highly regarded talents of Dan Cable (drums, percussion) and Dave Chyla (bass, guitar).
Danny Jerabek was nominated for 2019 Polka Artist. He was given an accordion from his grandfather at age 9 and taught himself how to play it. 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.” He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, TX, and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, and has been featured on national TV. In 2015, Danny accepted an Artist Endorsement deal with Hohner Accordions, INC.

 

Concert at 6 pm
Bar opens at 5 pm
 
Tickets
Standing room only: FREE
General admission: FREE
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.