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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.

Oct
26
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band Tribute to Count Basie through the Decades
Oct 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lighthouse Big Band Tribute to Count Basie through the Decades October 26 at 7 pm! Bar opens at 6:30 pm.

THELMA’s Fountain City room. Free admission to the public.

“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.

 

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.

More information about the band HERE!

 

About Count Basie:

One of jazz music’s all-time greats, bandleader-pianist Count Basie was a primary shaper of the big-band sound that characterized mid-20th century popular music. A pianist, Count Basie played vaudeville before eventually forming his own big band and helping to define the era of swing with hits like “One O’Clock Jump” and “Blue Skies.” In 1958, Basie became the first African American male recipient of a Grammy Award. One of jazz music’s all-time greats, he won many other Grammys throughout his career and worked with a plethora of artists, including Joe Williams and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

 

 

Nov
6
Sat
Vocal Battle- Michael Jackson VS Prince
Nov 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Levels Production Presents Bully Awareness Musical With the legends Michael Jackson vs Prince impersonation show. Relive your favorite songs performed live for a ONE NIGHT only show.

Starring pop artist D. Rose as Michael Jackson, and versatile vocalist Singing Rob as Prince.

 

“Levels Productions celebrates all walks of life, diversity, and the art of thinking independently together. Level Productions shares resources and indulges in conversation about how stepping out of your comfort zone and into another culture benefits not only you, but your family and the community. Help us stand against bullying.”

 

Doors and bar open at 6:30 pm
Show starts at 7:30 pm

General Admission: $25
***SOLD OUT*** VIP: $35 – Meet and Greet and front row seating.

TICKETS

 

Nov
9
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band featuring guest opener from Fond du Lac High School Jazz Band
Nov 9 @ 6:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Lighthouse Big Band featuring guest opener from Fond du Lac High School Jazz Band November 9 at 6:15 pm! 

THELMA’s Fountain City room. Free admission to the public.

“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.

 

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.

More information about the band HERE!

Fond du Lac High School Jazz is the premiere jazz ensemble out of three at Fond du Lac High School. Students in this group have all auditioned and shown their willingness to work hard and perform at a high levels of excellency. This ensemble is featured on three traditional concerts per year hosted at the high school, and travels to jazz festivals and competitions throughout the winter. Some past performances include the Fox Jazz Fest in Menasha, 2.0 Ale House in Fond du Lac, and the Sun Prairie Jazz Fest among many others! This group meets Tuesday mornings before school, and Thursday evenings from November to April.

 

 

Nov
23
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band presents a Big Band Dance Party with special guest vocalist Paul Rosenfeldt
Nov 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Lighthouse Big Band presents a Big Band Dance Party with special guest vocalist Paul Rosenfeldt November 23 at 7 pm! Bar opens at 6:30 pm.

THELMA’s Fountain City room. Free admission to the public.

As we enter into the holiday season, the Lighthouse Big Band would like to begin the celebrations with a Big Band Dance Party. The band will be performing songs of the “Big Band Era,” featuring music from Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Les Brown, and many other favorite dance bands from that era. The band will be joined by guest vocalist Paul Rosenfeld, who will be singing favorites from the Frank Sinatra library.

Come out with your dance partners and help us kick off Thanksgiving week with a rousing Big Band Dance Party!

“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.

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.

More information about the band HERE!

 

 

Dec
4
Sat
Dead Horses
Dec 4 @ 8:00 pm

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 @ 7:00 pm

Isthmus Brass will be performing at THELMA on December 10 starting at 7 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 7 pm
Bar opens at 6 pm

Tickets for General Seating
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
14
Tue
Lighthouse Big Band Holiday Edition with guest opener from Theisen Middle School Jazz Band
Dec 14 @ 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Lighthouse Big Band featuring holiday music with guest opener from Theisen Middle School Jazz Band December 14 at 6:15 pm!

THELMA’s Fountain City room. Free admission to the public.

The Lighthouse Big Band continues the month of holiday celebrations with a show of holiday music and the band’s annual pizza party for its followers. Add to that a performance by the Theisen Middle School Jazz Band you have a recipe for a most enjoyable evening of music of the season. Make your plans now to attend this annual event!

 

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.

 

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 To

m “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.

More information about the band 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.