THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Jan
21
Fri
Jazz for 90’s Kids
Jan 21 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A traditional jazz quartet that plays untraditional jazz songs in a traditionally jazz way! Whether you’re an avid jazz lover, or new to jazz music, there is something for everyone! Featuring Mike Malone (drums), Malakai Flynn (guitar), Austin Bolden (bass), and Jake Opperman (saxophone). These 4 musicians have been studying jazz through college and have been playing professionally around Wisconsin ever since. They are excited to share their unique sound and arrangements live with you! Check out Jazz for 90’s Kids on YouTube for complete studio recordings, videos, and future projects!

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Tuesday, January 21
Time:
8 PM – 10 PM
Bar Opens:
7 PM
Price/Tickets: 
$20 General Admission ($12 for Members)
Location: 
Fountain City
Feb
8
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Love is in the Air
When it comes to holidays, playing music is always a good way to commemorate the special occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. They’re the songs that touched our hearts, and filled us all with the feelings of love and romance. Whether you’re celebrating solo, hosting a sweet fête with friends and family or having a candlelit dinner with your significant other, songs about affection can be a nice backdrop to the love-filled day.

The Lighthouse Big Band’s set for this evening will be filled with songs about love. Come join the band in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance club as we deliver our Valentine’s Day gift to you in our own unique musical fashion.

A WAMI nominee for Best Big Band, the band plays a variety of genres in the big band style. 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 over the past 18+ years 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 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, and the more modern big bands like Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, as well as big band versions of rock/fusion music.

“The Lighthouse Big Band is one of Fond du Lac’s best-kept secrets,” Brad Curran of Curran Music Studios and leader of the Lighthouse Big Band says.

 

Band Information HERE 

Date: Tuesday, February 8
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

Feb
12
Sat
Copper Box
Feb 12 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 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, February 12
Time:
5 PM – 7 PM
Price/Tickets: Free General Admission
Location:
Fountain City
Feb
13
Sun
Brunch and a Band @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wrapping up the Sturgeon Spectacular weekend, join us for THELMA’s Brunch and a Band on Sunday, February 13 at 11 am. Enjoy music by The Pineapple Hunks! Drink specials and food are also available for purchase. FREE admission to attend! Enjoy a delicious brunch available for purchase from Mila Vanilla Crepes.

 

Food from Mila Vanilla Crepes

Music by The Pineapple Hunks

 

Date: Sunday, February 13
Time:
11 AM – 2 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Food and drinks available for purchase.
Location:
Fountain City

   
Mar
8
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Swing into Spring
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

During the winter months of constant darkness and cold, looking forward to spring is the sparkle that keeps our souls warm. Spring brings along with it beautiful flower blossoms, melodious chirping birds, warm and pleasant sun, and a new beginning to everything. Spring also symbolizes rekindling the flames of love, as the warming weather symbolizes the warming of the heart. Are you ready to take off your heavy winter coats and get ready to sing along with the birds? If the answer is ‘yes’, join the Lighthouse Big Band as we “Swing into Spring,” with songs about Spring, celebrating nature, the warm weather, and love.

Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 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 

Mar
18
Fri
Reilly @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Mar 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Voted Celtic band of the year by Wisconsin Area Music Industry for 2019 and 2015, Reilly have garnered a reputation for being an interactive, get-off-your-chair act. The band’s travel circuit around the Midwest continues to grow along with their reputation for being a highly respected and professional level group. National programs such as Good Morning Ireland, Blarney on the Air, and Paddyrock internet radio have featured Reilly and Celtic Radio Music Network rates them as five out of five stars. Their ability to adapt Celtic music to an American rock audience, and include unexpected rock favorites into their set, makes them the perfect eclectic choice in today’s watered down and predictable Celtic scene.

Being a strong part of the Irish and non-Irish musical community throughout the Midwest, Reilly have appeared regularly at Milwaukee’s Irish Fest, The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center in Milwaukee, Manhattan, IL Irish Fest, Will County, IL Celtic Fest, Bastille Days in Milwaukee, City of Indianapolis events, Harley-Davidson festivals, River Rhythms in Milwaukee, countless St. Patrick’s parades and activities, Bradley Center events, and at far too many Irish pubs and non-Irish locales around the Midwest to mention. They’ve shared the stage with Gaelic Storm, Flogging Molly, Enter the Haggis, The Prodigals, Barra MacNeils, Seven Nations, The Bridies, Luka Bloom and more. Members of Reilly are also involved with community and social outfits such as the Wisconsin Area Music Industry and the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin—Milwaukee Chapter.

Reilly celebrates Celtic musical heritage and their own American upbringings in both the live setting and on record. They provide a lively musical feast for those who enjoy a bit of nostalgia, a dose of modernism, and a full pint of fun and good will.

“For our first Irish Festival we could not have picked a better band. They not only play lots of “Irish songs” but throw in more popular songs that were influenced by the Irish. Great energy and musicianship.” –Jim, Central WI Celtic Fest president

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 18
Time: 7
PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Price/Tickets: FREE
Location: Fountain City
Mar
22
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Vocalist Night
Mar 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Listening to music is an emotional experience. Music makes us feel something, and brings out feelings we didn’t know we had, and can do so without words.
But when words and music are put together, we get an experience that goes beyond instrumental music. You get a story, a situation, or even a string of nonsense words that produce a feeling.

The Lighthouse Big Band has invited some of our favorite vocalists to join us for an evening of musical stories, told by the band and the singers. Come join vocalists Dave Janke, Erin Krebs, Corynn Latta, Janet Planet, and Eva Thelen with the Lighthouse Big Band in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for a most entertaining evening!

Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 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 

Apr
12
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Through the Decades
Apr 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The “Big Band Era” transformed popular music in the United States throughout the first half of the twentieth century.

As the United States reeled from the Great Depression, big band music became increasingly popular. Led by bandleaders like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Chick Webb, the big band era thrived throughout the 1930s, inspiring new popular swing dances like the jitterbug and the jive.
During World War II, big band music dominated the airwaves. Popular vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra brought a new element to the jazz orchestra sound. By the late 1940s, however, the swing era was coming to a close. New York musicians and bandleaders developed a new style called bebop, a complex form of jazz, that gained popularity for a time. Although the big band genre never regained the popularity it had at its peak, younger musicians like trumpeter Thad Jones and drummer Buddy Rich started their own big bands, continuing the tradition during the following decades. On this evening Lighthouse Big Band will be performing music of these favorite big bands for your listening and dancing enjoyment!
Come join us in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for another entertaining evening of big band jazz!

Date: Tuesday, April 12
Time:
 7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 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 

Apr
21
Thu
Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland Presentation
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A PowerPoint presentation and discussion of Wisconsin jazz musicians led by author/musician Dr. Kurt Dietrich

Although New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago are often considered the epicenters of American jazz, this extensive, upbeat compilation of jazz musician biographies details Wisconsin’s rich association with the genre since its inception in the early 1900s. Join author/trombonist/educator Dr. Kurt Dietrich as the Jazz Appreciation Month celebrations continue with a PowerPoint presentation of his book, Wisconsin Riffs. Iconic musicians Bunny Berigan, Woody Herman, Les Paul, and Al Jarreau all hailed from Wisconsin, as have many other influential players, composers, and teachers. Wisconsin Riffs features these musicians side-by-side-from the world-renowned to obscure regional artists-to portray a comprehensive history of jazz in Wisconsin.

Dietrich will talk about his book Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland and his upcoming book about jazz legend Al Jarreau, a native of Milwaukee and a 1962 graduate of Ripon College. Wisconsin Riffs, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press, profiles more than 100 Wisconsin connected jazz artists. Amazon describes the book as “an extensive, upbeat compilation of Wisconsin’s jazz musicians.” Some musicians, like Berigan, Herman, Paul and Jarreau, are well-known. Some of the musicians left Wisconsin to make their lives on the coasts and others such as Janet Planet, John Harmon and Ben Sidran are well-known to local audiences.

Date: Tuesday, April 21
Time:
7 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6:30 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Free Admission
Location: Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club

Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland will be for sale and can be autographed 

Donations to the Thelma-FdL Jazz Festival-Lighthouse Big Band  Jazz Education Fund are gladly accepted

Kurt Dietrich retired as Professor of Music and Barbara Baldwin De Frees Professor of Performing Arts at Ripon College at the end of the 2018-19 school year, where he taught since 1980.  Dietrich graduated from Lawrence University, where he studied with Marge Irvin, Derald DeYoung and John Harmon and played in the band of the legendary Fred “Prof” Schroeder.  He received his master’s degree from Northwestern University, where he studied trombone with another legend, Chicago Symphony trombonist Frank Crisafulli, as well as playing in the bands of John Paynter.  He earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Ripon College Professor Dietrich directed the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the Jazz Ensemble, taught brass instruments and a variety of courses.  He was trombonist with Matrix, with which he recorded for RCA, Warner Brothers, Pablo and Summit Records.  He continues to do freelance playing, in both jazz and classical groups.  His first book, Duke’s ‘Bones:  Ellington’s Great Trombonists, was published in 1995.  His second book, Jazz ‘Bones:  The World of Jazz Trombone, appeared in 2005.  He has also contributed to Annual Review of Jazz Studies, Black Music Research Journal, International Dictionary of Black Composers and other publications.  He regularly writes reviews of books and recordings.  Dietrich was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education in 2006.  His most recent book, Wisconsin Riffs:  Jazz Profiles from the Heartland, was released in April 2018 by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.  Currently, with the cooperation of the Jarreau family and Jarreau management, Kurt has completed writing a biography of the great jazz/pop/R&B singer Al Jarreau.

Apr
26
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: The Jazz Arranger, A Tribute to Sammy Nestico
Apr 26 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Jazz Appreciation Month continues as we welcome the FdL High School Jazz I ensemble as our opener at the earlier start time of 6:15. They will perform a half hour set until 6:45, followed by the Lighthouse Big Band starting at the usual 7:00pm hour.

If asked to name a jazz composer, lots of people might be able to name Miles Davis or Duke Ellington, but there are many more famous jazz composers who deserve recognition and admiration for their contribution to this amazing art form. Tonight’s performance will feature compositions and arrangements by the late, great Sammy Nestico, as arranged for big band. Anyone who has played in a jazz band in middle school, or high school, or college, etc. has played music by Sammy. The Lighthouse Big Band has a special connection with Sammy and are honored to present this tribute to a jazz master! Come join us in the Fountain City Jazz and Dance Club for an inspiring evening of big band jazz!

Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time:
6:15 PM – 9 PM
Bar Opens: 
6 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