THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Oct
1
Sat
Songa | Great Hall Concert Series
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Singer/Songwriters Mario and Sherry Friedel will take you on a journey with their unique instrumental sound and vocal blend. Their newly released recording, “Dreams Are in the Making,” includes songs about love, life, loss, resilience and hope. Multi-instrumentalists, these artists will take you from folk to country to blues to Latin jazz and back again. Rooted in the Nashville songwriting tradition, you won’t want to miss their honest lyrics and pure vocal harmonies. This will be an evening to remember.

Mario, a recording artist with Universal Records, has shared the stage with musical greats like John Hiatt, Jimmy Buffet, Neil Diamond, the Allman Brothers, Dr. John, Don Kloetzke, Nashville songwriter Keith Duke, blues artist Howard Guitar Luedke, and jazz artists Janet Planet and Tom Washatka.

Sherry is a performer, vocal music educator, church music director, and co-producer of children’s recordings Cancionetas and Wisconsin Integrated Student Creations, Volumes 1 and 2. Mario and Sherry’s cd The Gift is a collection of original Christian songs released in 2004.

In Wisconsin, Songa performs frequently at wineries, breweries, distilleries and coffee houses, as well as festivals and fine arts series events.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets
General Admission
$25 for Non-Members | $20 for THELMA Members
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)
Feb
11
Sat
Copper Box | Sturgeon Spectacular
Feb 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Copper Box, a meaning that derived from copper (being a great conductor of energy) and a box, (in this case a button box/accordion) transferring energy from the stage to the audience with their multi-instrumental talent, unique arrangements, songwriting, and unforgettable stage show that is never faked, has put Copper Box in the hearts of many….not to mention that they are just plain fun!! With Copper Box, playing music is filled with sweat, tears and joy….and it shows every time they make music. This is not a cookie-cutter band! Copper Box is a one-of-a-kind band that delivers something special and is definitely worth a listen.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, February 11
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets: FREE ADMISSION
Feb
18
Sat
Dueling Pianos | Great Hall Concert Series
Feb 18 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

With our headquarters in Chicagoland, Felix And Fingers has offices all across the states, with local players ready to perform in your area! Felix and Fingers has also performed for international events.  Simply put, you provide the venue, and we bring the fun! Felix And Fingers is the highest reviewed dueling pianos company in the world!

Introducing our newest entertainment option: Dinner and a Show at THELMA! If you would like to add an extra experience to your Great Hall ticket, you may now opt to have dinner prior to the music! Courtesy of Cellar District, you will dine in THELMA’s Fountain City room at 6 PM. This is a wonderful package to make your date or night out with friends easy and fun! Don’t worry about trudging through the cold Wisconsin weather, everything you need is in one place! Cellar District is known for revolutionizing the way people experience dining out. We couldn’t be more excited to partner with them to to bring this experience to our community.

DINNER MENU: Honey Soy Glazed Chicken, Sesame Green Beans over Cilantro Lime Rice

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, February 18
Concert Time:
8 PM
Dinner Served: 6 PM
Bar Opens: 5:30 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $30 for Non-Members | $24 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $35 for Non-Members | $28 for Members (Per Person)

Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!

Mar
3
Fri
Davina and the Vagabonds | Great Hall Concert Series
Mar 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Davina and the Vagabonds is a jazz blues band based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota and formed in 2006. The band consists of Davina Lozier (formerly Sowers), Zack Lozier (trumpet), Steve Rogness (trombone), Connor McRae Hammergren (drums), and Andrew Foreman (upright bass). Their 2014 release titled Sunshine charted at #13 on the Billboard Blues Chart. One of the singles from Sunshine, “I Would Rather Drink Muddy Water” peaked at number 21 on the Billboard Blues Digital Songs. The earlier album Black Cloud, released in 2011, was named by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune as one of the ten best releases of the year. Davina and the Vagabonds have traveled extensively throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets: 
General Admission $40 for Non-Members | $32 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $45 for Non-Members | $36 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $50 for Non-Members | $40 for Members (Per Person)
Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!
Mar
10
Fri
Tae & the Neighborly | Great Hall Concert Series
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tae & The Neighborly, aWisconsin based Soul-pop R&B group, found themselves playing music together in a very unconventional way. They were all neighbors, each one living alone on one floor of a five-story flat. Cake baking is a shared passion of the five member group, but in the sugar shortages early in the 2020 pandemic, they found themselves so continually knocking on each other’s doors asking for a single cup of sugar that a group decision was made to all move in together and share cake-baking resources. And since everyone knows all good rhythms begin in the kitchen, it wasn’t before long that the group began to write and perform together  across the nation. Critics hail the group as “having more kick than a bagged-up mule” (Rotary Times)  and their live show “…going down smoother than a can of [beans] warmed on the campfire” (Cowboy Gazette). All in all, if you are looking for a dense show that will give you more inspiration fuel for self lovin’, world changin’, and consideration havin’ meet them where the music is made to be shared.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 10
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission $15 for Non-Members | $12 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $20 for Non-Members | $16 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members (Per Person)
Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410! 
Mar
24
Fri
Pegasis | Great Hall Concert Series
Mar 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

PEGASIS is a vocal trio of Dominican sisters (Marvelis, Rissel, and Yaina Peguero) and jazz guitarist Matt Hillman. Currently based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the four members write, produce, and perform their original music. Their lyrics speak of the struggles and triumphs of everyday life, on being kind to our minds and bodies, on finding love and happiness, first and foremost within ourselves, and accepting each other as a part of the global collective we call humanity.
From an early age, music was an integral part of the trio’s lives. Their parents, also musicians, spent much of their time traveling to different places to sing. This would become the beginning of Marvelis, Rissel, and Yaina’s love of music and performing.
PEGASIS came about when Matt Hillman joined the trio bringing his extensive experience in jazz guitar. Matt studied at The McNally School of Music and would finish his jazz studies undergrad at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay where he would meet Rissel, his future wife and music partner. The two formed a Jazz Duo called ‘M.a.R’ and released two albums (‘The Fourth Mode’ and ‘Reflections’) in which Marvelis and Yaina would provide background vocals. The two groups spent the better part of two years performing at each other’s shows before making the decision to morph the two groups into one, thus creating PEGASIS. 

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, March 24
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $30 for Non-Members | $24 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $35 for Non-Members | $28 for Members (Per Person)
Tickets can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!
May
5
Fri
Salsa Manzana | Great Hall Concert Series
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Salsa Manzana is a traditional Latin music ensemble based out of Appleton, Wisconsin. Founders, Carlos Mendez and Mark Te Tai have been entertaining crowds since 2012. With Carlos’ authentic Puerto Rican heritage and Mark’s long-standing relationship with the local music community, the two assembled a band of top musicians from Oshkosh to Green Bay.
Since then the group has been rehearsing at Lawrence University (LU). Salsa Manzana maintains ties with LU including a number of faculty, students, and alumni who participate as performers with the group. The group fully supports the Lawrence-based organization, Building Leaders Using Music Education (BLUME) Haiti.
In 2013, LU faculty Jose Encarnacion and his wife Marisol joined the group, adding their Puerto Rican and New York cultures to the mix. As “Musical Director” of the group, Jose brings his professional expertise and personal experience of traditional Latin music forms. Marisol’s background as a professional dance instructor is invaluable. Weaving dance lessons into our events has raised audience participation to an all-time high. In 2021, Jose and Marisol began a sabbatical from LU. Dearly missing them while away, we will strive to honor this music following the guidance Jose gave us for many years.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, May 5
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission $20 for Non-Members | $16 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $30 for Non-Members | $24 for Members (Per Person)
Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410! 
May
12
Fri
Kyle Megna and the Monsoons | Great Hall Concert Series
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kyle Megna and the Monsoons is an original Wisconsin band with an ever-growing following locally and beyond. 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.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, May 12
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets: 
General Admission $20 for Non-Members | $16 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $30 for Non-Members | $24 for Members (Per Person)
Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!
May
19
Fri
Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers | Great Hall Concert Series
May 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A professional musician since ‘78. Cathy has opened for Laura Nyro, The Band, Dave Mason, and Joan Armatrading. Won an MTV Basement Tape award in ‘86. Gigged the Key West island life (‘80’s). Wrote hit songs in France (‘90’s). A New York City busker from ‘99-2015. Now residing in Sturgeon Bay, WI, because it’s beautiful, and has a great music scene. A Blues musician since she began writing songs as a young guitarist, inspired by the music of Bonnie, John Lee, and Geeshie. Cathy believes that the Blues is a feeling, and a way of expressing life through music.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission $25 for Non-Members | $20 for Members
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2) $30 for Non-Members | $24 for Members (Per Person)
Bistro Table (Table for 4) $35 for Non-Members | $28 for Members (Per Person)
Tables can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!