THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Sep
3
Fri
Children’s Chorale Auditions
Sep 3 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Upcoming audition dates are available by appointment only. Choose a 15-minute slot in the timeframe below and please call THELMA at 920-921-5410 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your audition.

September 3 from 3:30 – 5:30 pm

 

The Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale is a community chorus comprised of fourth through eighth-grade students, from Fond du Lac and the surrounding communities, interested in performing and studying high-quality choral music.

The Children’s Chorale is an organization where children are encouraged to express themselves. Members build relationships with peers who are serious about music making. The rehearsal environment is creative, nurturing, educational, enjoyable, and supportive. Members regularly move into leadership roles in their chosen high schools, successfully performing in their choirs, bands, on stage, as soloists, and in ensembles.

Eva Thelen-Dunphy is the new artistic director and is a Fond du Lac native, a soprano, violinist, and choral conductor with a passion for promoting the arts in our community.

The Chorale rehearses Monday evenings, September through May. The first semester runs September through December concluding with a holiday concert. The second semester runs January through May concluding with a spring concert.

Tuition Prices:

$300 per student for both semesters
$200 per student for one semester
$225 per additional sibling for both semesters
$150 per additional sibling for one semester

 

Sep
16
Thu
Hot and Dirty Brass Band
Sep 16 @ 7:00 pm
Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! It’s the Hot & Dirty Brass Band! Nominated for 2019 Horn/Big Band Artist and 2018 New Artist of the Year, it’s the Hot & Dirty Brass Band! When the house lights go down and the stage lights come up… it’s time to get Hot & Dirty! Hot & Dirty is not your traditional brass band! Influenced by Trombone Shorty and Orleans Ave, Bonerama, and modern-day brass bands, the Hot & Dirty Players bring the party wherever they go. The high-energy brass will keep you shakin’ all you got, all night long! Just remember our name in the morning, The Hot and Dirty! They have a passion for music and an obsession with brass.

Enjoy music, drinks, and have fun with friends! The street is closed in front of THELMA on Sheboygan St. 
 
Michael Clobes, 2019 Reeds/Brass nominee plays the trombone and does vocals. Kevin Klemme plays the trumpet and does vocals. John Vollmar plays the tenor Sax and does vocals. Kyle Samuelson plays the sousaphone. Matt Cordier plays the drums.
 
Thursday, September 16
Gates and Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm

 

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf
 
View more concerts during 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.

 

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Sep
23
Thu
Unity the Band
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm

Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! Unity the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. They have been nominated for 2018-2019 Artist of the Year and 2019 World/Reggae/Ska/Latin and are the 2018 WAMI winner for World/Reggae/Ska/Latin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.

 

 

 

They treat fans to original music blending with influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai “Pita” Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Anthony Robert Bessen laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Logan Pier on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set. 

 

Bar opens at 6 pm.
Unity the Band starts at 7 pm.

 

Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here: http://downtownfdl.com/sft422/2016parkingbrochure.pdf

 

View more concerts during 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.

 

Oct
9
Sat
Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro & The Painkillers
Oct 9 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

SOLD OUT! No general admission seating or tables available.

 

Two blues performers in one night! Marcia Ball and Tommy Castro!

 

October 9, 2021
Concert at 7:30 pm
Bar opens at 6:30 pm
Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Bistro Table for Four $220 ($132 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $150 ($90 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.

No other discounts apply

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

 

Marcia Ball: 

“Rollicking, playful, good-time blues and intimate, reflective balladry…her songs ring with emotional depth.”
– Rolling Stone

“Fifty years have passed in a flash,” says pianist, songwriter, and vocalist Marcia Ball of her long and storied career.  Ball, the 2018 Texas State Musician Of The Year, has won worldwide fame and countless fans for her ability to ignite a full-scale roadhouse party every time she takes the stage. Born in Orange, Texas and raised in Vinton, Louisiana, her deep Acadian heritage and a lifetime of absorbing Gulf Coast rhythm and blues is evident in her original songs and the classics she chooses to cover.  This has made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music lovers all over the world.  With each new release, her reputation as a profoundly soulful singer, a boundlessly talented pianist and a courageous, inventive songwriter continues to grow. Her love of the road has led to years of soul-satisfying performances at festivals, concert halls and clubs.

Tommy Castro:

“Castro is one of the brightest stars in the blues-soul genre. Voracious blues energy and ultimate soul power…impassioned vocals and pure inventiveness in his stellar guitar solos.” –Blues Music Magazine

“Sizzling, slow-burning, gritty blues and rock…shimmering, swampy, downright funky vibes drenched with Castro’s stinging, pure and crisp lead runs and fluid, jet-fueled solos.” –Living Blues

“Soul-baring, roadhouse-meets-church, Memphis guitar licks…gritty voice…Southern colors and rootsy textures.” –Washington Post

“The hardest thing to do,” says internationally beloved soul-blues rocker Tommy Castro, “is be yourself, take some chances and bring your fans along with you.” Throughout his long, constantly evolving career, guitarist, singer and songwriter Tommy Castro has always remained true to himself while exploring, growing and creating new music, and he has taken his thousands of devoted fans right along with him. Since his solo debut in 1994, he’s made 16 albums—the last seven for Alligator—each its own unique chapter in the book of Tommy Castro. Ranging from horn-fueled R&B to piping hot blues to fiery, stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll, each release is solidly built upon Castro’s unshakable musical foundation—a dynamic mix of 1960s-influenced guitar-fueled blues, testifying Memphis-soaked blue-eyed soul and Latin-tinged East San Jose funk, all driven by Castro’s grab-you-by-the-collar vocals and passionate guitar work. Blues Revue declared, “Tommy Castro can do no wrong.”

“I like to keep things fresh and interesting,” says Castro, “Tom and I have talked about making a record together for a long time. Collaborating with him was even better than I imagined. I had an outline for the story and then Tom and I talked it out and the songs just started to organically grow out of each other.” Castro continues, “A Bluesman Came To Town isn’t a story about me. It’s pulled from some of my friends’ and my experiences though. I’ve seen first-hand for a lot of years what it’s like out there on the road.”

The road has always been Castro’s home away from home. He’ll instantly ignite a crowd, turn them into loyal fans and then keep those fans coming back for more. He has traveled hundreds of thousands of miles and performed thousands of gigs, leading his bands at clubs, concert halls, and festivals all over the world. Famed guitarist Joe Bonamassa says, “Tommy has always been top of the heap among blues guitar players. He always puts on a great show.”

 

 

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Oct
15
Fri
Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio
Oct 15 @ 8:00 pm
Duke Tumatoe & the Power Trio will be performing at THELMA on October 15 starting at 8 pm. 

Duke Tumatoe, born William “Bill” Severen Fiorio in 1947, is an American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has gigged with Muddy WatersBo DiddleyB.B. KingWillie DixonBuddy GuyJohn Fogerty and George Thorogood.  He was a founding member of arena-rock giants REO Speedwagon. He has released fifteen albums as the bandleader of Duke Tumatoe & The All-Star Frogs and Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio. His 1988 live album I Like My Job was produced by John Fogerty. He typically plays more than 100 dates per year.

“The first time I heard Duke it gave me chills,” said Fogerty. “I hadn’t experienced energy like that in a long time. It was like walking in on Jimmy Swaggart in his heyday. Everybody in the audience was shouting and screaming and having a good time. I mean the crowd was just eating out of this guy’s hand. Immediately the light went on in my head–somebody ought to record these guys.”

Tumatoe is a self-taught guitarist who learned to play by watching Chicago’s blues legends. His guitar playing has been described as “B.B. King played through Jimi Hendrix (with a touch of Andy Gill).”

Tumatoe’s songs are noted for their humor, something he explains as, “There are two elements of the blues. There’s the general intensity of the music…and an element of humor, some twist in the lyrics. It’s like a comedian turning something sad into something funny.”

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

October 15, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

 

General Seating $20 ($12 for Members of THELMA)
Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table

 

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.

No other discounts apply

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Dec
4
Sat
Dead Horses *SOLD OUT*
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm

***This concert has been SOLD OUT! Look for upcoming concerts HERE.***

Dead Horses will be performing at THELMA on December 4 starting at 8 pm. 

Dead Horses isn’t a band in the conventional sense. Rather, it’s an intimate, folk-inspired conversation between two close friends. At its core, the participants are guitarist/singer Sarah Vos and bassist Daniel Wolff. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based pair’s musicality, emotionality, and ambitions have sent them on a winding journey in music.

“There is a lot vulnerability in what we do,” Dan acknowledges. “We share in this very personal expression, and we have a common bond in our personal goals.” Sarah adds: “We are both running towards this dream of doing what we love-recording music and touring-even when the outcomes are uncertain.”

Dead Horses weave together a patchwork of classic and contemporary influences that span trad roots, indie-folk, and other experimental musical idioms. In its artistic continuum, Dead Horses has explored freeform musicality and thoroughly composed approaches. Thematically, the songs are personal, revelatory, and relatable, brimming with imaginative phrases, poetry, vulnerability, and a feeling of redemption.

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

December 4, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets for General Seating
General Seating $40 ($24 for Members of THELMA)

Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Bistro Table for Four $220 ($132 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $150 ($90 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.

No other discounts apply

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Dec
10
Fri
Isthmus Brass
Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

Isthmus Brass will be performing at THELMA on December 10 starting at 8 pm. 

Under the direction of brass-icon, John Stevens, and comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble.  Named for a strip of land between the lakes of Mendota and Monona in Madison the IB was established in 2009 as some of the most high profile brass players in the region looked for a way to collaborate and perform together.  They initially decided on a course of performing charitable Christmas Concerts especially for the Porchlight Homeless Charity and at retirement homes in Madison.  Since then the group has taken off on the professional concert circuit and is currently being selected to perform on concert series and music festivals throughout the Midwest.

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

December 10, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

Tickets for General Seating
General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT

Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Bistro Table for Four $145 ($87 for Members of THELMA) – CALL FOR RESERVATION
Pub Table for Two $85 ($51 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT
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.

No other discounts apply

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Dec
17
Fri
The Jimmys
Dec 17 @ 8:00 pm
The Jimmys will be performing at THELMA on December 17 starting at 8 pm. 

 

THE JIMMYS combine the seasoned keyboard and Hammond B-3 organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, the legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals, drummer Chris Sandoval – veteran of the Tommy Castro band, the expertise of southern Wisconsin’s finest bass guitar, and rounded out by an amazing horn section! Seven piece award winning blues and R&B band!

More about the band HERE!
Band Videos HERE.

 

December 17, 2021
Concert at 8 pm
Bar opens at 7 pm

 

General Seating $25 ($15 for Members of THELMA)
Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table

 

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.

No other discounts apply

View Great Hall room layout HERE.

Dec
18
Sat
For Kids from One to Ninety-Two
Dec 18 @ 7:30 pm

For Kids from One to Ninety Two will be performing at THELMA on December 18 starting at 7:30 pm.

 

About the Band:

“For Kids from One to Ninety Two” is a holiday extravaganza, with everything from beautifully lush, traditional fare to great pop songs and joyful, family favorites. 

The show features yours truly, singer, bassist Michael Bailey and world-renowned electric violinist and founding member of Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mark Wood and the amazing band STEEM.

This concert is a feast of musical styles, all woven together by the spirit of the season. You will hear “Chestnuts Roasting” written by my father Mel Torme’ on a hot July day in Beverly Hills, all the great Trans Siberian hits recorded by original member Mark Wood and our new holiday classic, “I Remember Christmastime” and many more

This show will warm your heart but it’s also plenty exciting enough to make it beat a little faster, just the sort of feeling that this time of year is all about. Come to the show with the real hitmakers and make it your best Holiday ever! – Steve March-Tormé

December 18, 2021
Concert at 7:30 pm

Bar opens at 6:30 pm

 

General Seating $40 ($24 for Members of THELMA) – SOLD OUT

Call or Stop In to Reserve a Table
Bistro Table for Four $220 ($132 for Members of THELMA)
Pub Table for Two $150 ($90 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.

No other discounts apply

Not a THELMA member but would like to take advantage of these savings? Learn more and join at thelmaarts.org!

Dec
19
Sun
FdL Children’s Chorale Holiday Concert
Dec 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hear the wonderful voices of children during this annual tradition of the Fond du Lac Children’s Chorale Holiday Concert.
Sunday, December 19 at 2 pm
Tickets are $8 each
Purchase tickets by calling us at 920.921.5410, stopping in or clicking the link below: