THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

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
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
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 

May
10
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Tv/Movie Themes
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Back by popular request! The band is repeating an earlier, popular theme for this week’s show.

Of all the artistic tools at a filmmaker’s disposal, it can be argued that music is among the most vital — and certainly one of the most powerful. Music triggers memories of events, the people we were with at the time, and the feelings we had in those days gone by. The Lighthouse Big Band is hoping to bring back memories for you with an evening of T.V. and Movie themes, ranging from The Pink Panther, Perry Mason, the Flintstones, and many more. Come join the band for an evening of fun and memories.

Date: Tuesday, May 10
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 

May
24
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Funk & Soul Night
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is “music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying”. Funk is a music genre that originated in African American communities in the mid-1960s when musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul, jazz and rhythm and blues. It focuses on a strong rhythmic groove of a bassline and typically consists of complex percussive interlocking grooves that create a “hypnotic” and “danceable” feel.

BIg bands have adopted these genres into their vocabularies, and the Lighthouse Big Band will be celebrating these musical genres with tunes by James Brown; Tower of Power; Earth, Wind, and Fire, among others. Come out ready to dance as we have some fun with “Funk and Soul” night!

Date: Tuesday, May 24
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 

Jun
14
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Fan Favorites/Band Favorites
Jun 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Lighthouse Big Band would like to celebrate our first year at THELMA by playing favorites of our fans and band members. The music for this night will be selected by the various band members and YOU, our fan base. Simply go to the Lighthouse Big Band Facebook page, find the post “Fan Favorites/Band Favorites”  and respond to the request in the comment section. We look forward to see what you have selected, and performing it for you as the band enters into its “Summer Season” of once-a-month performances on the SECOND TUESDAY of June, July, and August.

Date: Tuesday, June 14
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 

Jul
12
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Dan Gilgenbach Memorial Scholarship Concert
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Lighthouse Big Band show on July 12 is a Memorial Scholarship Concert in memory of our long-time band mate, tenor saxophonist extraordinaire Dan Gilgenbach. We lost Dan in 2019, and the Dan Gilgenbach Music Scholarship was established by his family and his wife Julie.

Dan’s journey in life gave him the opportunity to touch many lives and many generations with his gift and love of music. From performing in many area bands, teaching private lessons, supporting area schools and music events, he wanted to be a part of it all.  A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who is attending a Fond du Lac County school and will be pursuing a major in Music, Music Therapy, Music Performance, or Music Education.

We are proud to be able to contribute to this scholarship in honor of the life Dan lived well and shared with all of us. All donations received this night will be turned over to the scholarship fund.

The band will be performing some of Dan’s favorite tunes in this performance and sharing some of our favorite memories of Dan. Please join us in this continued celebration of Dan Gilgenbach and help make his scholarship fund grow to a self-sustaining entity that benefits students far into the future!

Date: Tuesday, July 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 

Aug
9
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Standards and the Movies **CANCELLED**
Aug 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Lighthouse Big Band’s final show of this season will feature songs considered as “standard literature” in the jazz world, in addition to movie themes that have reached that status. The band will be joined by guest vocalists Eva Thelen-Dunphy and Corynn Latta to add even more excitement to the evening. Come join us for a fun summer evening of big band jazz and dance.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of a check in the amount of $1,600.00 to Julie Gilgenbach as the result of the fundraiser the Lighthouse Big Band presented in July. The funds go to the Dan Gilgenbach Music Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior who is attending a Fond du Lac County school and will be pursuing a major in Music, Music Therapy, Music Performance, or Music Education.

Date: Tuesday, August 9
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 

Sep
13
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band: Standards and the Movies
Sep 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Standards and the Movies” featuring resident ensemble Lighthouse Big Band and guest vocalists Eva Thelen-Dunphy and Corynn Latta.

The Lighthouse Big Band’s first show of this season will feature songs considered as “standard literature” in the jazz world, in addition to movie themes that have reached that status.

The band will be joined by guest vocalists Eva Thelen-Dunphy and Corryn Latta to add even more excitement to the evening. Come join us for a fun summer evening of big band jazz and dance.

A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of a check in the amount of $1,600.00 to Julie Gilgenbach as the result of the fundraiser the Lighthouse Big Band presented in July. The funds go to the Dan Gilgenbach Music Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior who is attending a Fond du Lac County school and will be pursuing a major in Music, Music Therapy, Music Performance, or Music Education.

Date: Tuesday, September 13
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