Artist of The Year: 2013, 2014
Blues Band Of The Year: 2012-2014
Jimmy Voegeli (Hammond Organ/ keys/ vocals)
Perry Weber (guitar/ vocals)
John Wartenweiler (electric and upright bass)
Pete Ross (Saxaphones)
Mike Boman (Trumpet)
Derek Hendrickson (Drums)
Chris Sandoval (Drums)
2013, 2015 Keyboardist Of The Year
2013-2014 Artist Of The Year
2011-2015 Keyboardist Of The Year
2013-2015 Brass Instrumentalist of The Year
2012-2013, 2015 Saxophonist Of The Year
2013, 2015 Blues Performer Of The Year
2014 Blues Song Of The Year
2014 Blues Album Of The Year
Part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues!
2019 WAMI nominee for R&B/Soul Artist, Tweed has appeared at some of the top festivals and blues rooms in the Midwest, South, and Northeast. In 2018, Tweed successfully toured Europe performing shows in Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Austria, and Slovakia. Another tour of Europe is currently being assembled for fall of 2019.
Kyle Megna and the Monsoons (2018 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the Year) and (2017 WAMI Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the year) is an original Wisconsin band with an ever-growing following locally and beyond. The band has shared the stage with acts such as Toto, Rusted Root, Jack Russell’s Great White, and Here Come The Mummies. Touring the Mid-West and South-East the Monsoons are 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.
Vocals and guitar are done by Kyle Megna (2018 WAMI Male Vocalist of the Year). Aaron Zepplin on lead guitar. Fred Velpel is on bass and is nominated for the 2018 Award for Bass. Mike Underwood is on drums. Ross Catterton is on saxophone. Kurt Shipe is on trumpet and is nominated for 2018 Reeds/Brass Award. Noah Harmon is on keys
Don’t miss this THELMA favorite! 800 lb. Gorilla is a rock/jam band based in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a rock and roll core, the band pulls together funk and jazz influences to create driving, catchy, danceable grooves. A five-piece band, 800 lb. Gorilla places rock-solid guitar, funky keyboards and sax on top of a drums-and-bass rhythm section. The band’s original music blends indie-esque songcraft with funky, jazzy improvisation.
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.
From bluegrass to funk to folk, Armchair Boogie delivers dynamic original performances nationwide.
The mixed media class is a group of artistic experiences rooted in one fundamental creative principle –providing you with a foundation that will inform and inspire your vision and imagination. We will explore line, color, texture, shape and pattern through a unique project utilizing a wide variety of techniques and materials.
The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adult class. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.
$20 ($16 for THELMA members)
Through this traditional painting class, you will learn to about various approaches to painting with watercolor, explore new techniques and learn about painting what you see as we work from a colorful still life.
The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead. Large groups welcome. Invite friends and spend the afternoon creating your own piece of artwork!
$20 ($16 for THELMA members)
Discover relief printmaking by planning, carving, and printing woodblocks. Throughout this engaging class, students will experiment with basic techniques in carving and inking, while learning the subtleties of hand printing multiple images.
The class is open to students of all artistic levels. All basic materials provided. Feel free to bring your own materials if you so choose. Adults only. Ages 12 to adult welcome. Instructor lead.
12:45 pm – 2:45 pm
$20 ($16 for THELMA members)
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.