THELMA SADOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS

Event Calendar

Feb
13
Sun
Brunch and a Band @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
Feb 13 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Wrapping up the Sturgeon Spectacular weekend, join us for THELMA’s Brunch and a Band on Sunday, February 13 at 11 am. Enjoy music by The Pineapple Hunks! Drink specials and food are also available for purchase. FREE admission to attend! Enjoy a delicious brunch available for purchase from Mila Vanilla Crepes.

 

Food from Mila Vanilla Crepes

Music by The Pineapple Hunks

 

Date: Sunday, February 13
Time:
11 AM – 2 PM
Price/Tickets: 
Food and drinks available for purchase.
Location:
Fountain City

   
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)
Nov
12
Sat
Copper Box | Great Hall Concert Series
Nov 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Copper Box is a quartet based in Oshkosh, WI and was started in 2002 with co-founders, Danny & Michelle Jerabek.  Danny Jerabek grew up performing in his dad’s band at the early age of 9 and was self-taught on button accordion (currently endorsed by Hohner Accordions), drums, trumpet, sax, etc.  He married Michelle Thull, who also performed in her dad’s family band and they started Copper Box so they could be together on stage.  With the help of a few other very talented musicians (currently, Dan Cable (DC) on drums and Dave Chyla on bass), Copper Box continues to deliver a punch in entertainment and musicality, playing familiar songs with a twist in a multi-genre accord (polka-rock-blues), as well as their own originals for concerts and events.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
$30 for Non-Members | $24 for THELMA Members
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
$40 for Non-Members | $32 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
$35 for Non-Members | $28 for THELMA Members (Per Person)

Tickets can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!

Nov
18
Fri
Natural Satellite | Great Hall Concert Series
Nov 18 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Love and music: two things that have been at the very center of Karli and Jason’s  relationship since the beginning. Karli, a classically trained cellist, met Jason Reisdorf in  2011 while attending the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP). They quickly  fell in love. After earning their music degrees, they moved to the Fox Valley in hopes of  creating a new life for themselves. Jason, a talented saxophonist, had no problem  immersing himself in the Fox Valley’s bustling music scene and was soon performing in  a number of groups. Karli, however, was unsure of herself as a musician and decided to  focus her attention on other interests. It wasn’t until Karli found herself in a deep  depression that she began regularly playing her instrument again. She started writing  songs as a way to heal, process, and explore her innermost feelings. After showing  Jason a few of these songs, the couple began writing and creating together. From there,  Natural Satellite was born.

Since then, Natural Satellite has released three EPs of work titled “From Ash,”  “Peace of Mind,” and “So Blue.” The duo blends the genres of indie, pop, folk, and jazz  into a truly unique and refreshing sound. Karli explores themes of mental health,  personal growth, and spirituality in her lyrics, and draws upon her own life experiences. Jason flows effortlessly around Karli’s unique  style of playing, and when the pair harmonize, it’s as if they are one instrument.  Improvisation plays an important role in their music. Jason often solos, opening up their  songs and allowing for new colors and textures to flow in. When you watch Natural  Satellite perform live, you can feel the love and trust between the couple, and the  absolute joy it brings them to make music.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE
Date: Friday, November 18
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
$25 for Non-Members | $20 for THELMA Members
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
$35 for Non-Members | $28 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
$30 for Non-Members | $24 for THELMA Members (Per Person)

Tickets can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!
Dec
8
Thu
Isthmus Brass | Great Hall Concert Series
Dec 8 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE
Date: Thursday, December 8
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
$40 for Non-Members | $32 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
$35 for Non-Members | $28 for THELMA Members (Per Person)

Tickets can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!
Dec
15
Thu
**SOLD OUT** For Kids from 1-92 | Great Hall Concert Series
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“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. 

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

Date: Thursday, December 15
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets: **SOLD OUT**
Dec
16
Fri
The Jimmys | Great Hall Concert Series
Dec 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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!

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Friday, December 16
Time: 
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Location: Great Hall
Price/Tickets:
General Admission
$35 for Non-Members | $28 for THELMA Members
Bistro Table (Table for 4)
$45 for Non-Members | $36 for THELMA Members (Per Person)
High-Top Pub Table (Table for 2)
$40 for Non-Members | $32 for THELMA Members (Per Person)

Tickets can be purchased by calling THELMA at 920.921.5410!