Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers | Thirteen Thursdays

Sponsored by Fox Valley Savings Bank

This event was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thirteen Thursdays: Summer Concert Series

Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers : band consists of Cathy Grier vocals/guitar, Tony Menzer bass, Chris Scheer drums, Larry Byrne keys, Jim Ohlschmidt guitars, and Deirdre Fellner backing vocals.

A professional musician since 1978, Cathy’s undeniably powerful voice accompanied by tasty Blues guitar stylings electric and 4 string Cigar Box, affirms her place on the world stage. Cathy has written hit songs in France, formed a record company, produced artists in multiple languages, toured extensively, supported important causes and even honed her craft in the subways of New York City as a busker.

Part storyteller, part blues traveler, Cathy is committed to representing Women in the Blues worldwide. She calls Sturgeon Bay, WI her home. She formed Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers in 2017 with a stellar lineup of top Wisconsin blues players. Their album “I’m All Burn,” was in the top 100 for 2021 of the RMR Contemporary Blues Charts. Representing Paramount Music Association, and the State of Wisconsin. Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers were semi finalists at the 2022 International Blues Challenge Memphis, TN held in May. More info at

Tony Menzer: Bass (Sturgeon Bay) has been fortunate enough to spend time on stage with the likes of Clyde Stubblefield (20 years), W.C. Clark (10 years), Victor de Lorenzo, Bill Lordan, Hubert Sumlin, including Jackson Browne to name a few. His background in the blues world includes organizing Wisconsin’s first and longest running blues fest in Wausau and a blues booking agency that booked some of America’s top performers. As a participant in the Steel Bridge songfest the last 15 years, he appears on numerous c.d.s and performances and Now resides in Sturgeon Bay.

Christopher Scheer: Drums (Green Bay) Started drumming at the young age of 3. Playing along to his dad’s records including Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers, Earth Wind and Fire, and CCR. Shortly turned in the drum kit to become a club DJ. Playing clubs and festivals across the US. Then in 2004 he picked up the sticks and started playing again. Playing with bands such as Soul System, Wifee and the Huzz Band, The Alex Wilson Band, Velveetatones, Spatola, Cathy Grier, and Stephen Cooper and The Nobody Famous.

Jim Ohlschmidt: Guitar (Sheboygan) is a performer of both city and country blues. One of Jim’s specialties is the music of Mississippi John Hurt, the subject of a new instructional DVD Jim recorded this year for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop label.The main focus of Jim’s music since relocating to Sheboygan has been exploring the correlation between the blues and bratwurst.

Larry Byrne: Keyboards (Two Rivers), returned to WI after living in Chicago, IL, and New Orleans, LA,. He has performed with many fine artists including legendary Blues guitarist Luther Allison (Motown Records), Dr. Bop and The Headliners, and Bryan Lee.

Deirdre Fellner: Back-up Vocalist (Sturgeon Bay, formerly Milwaukee), An award winning vocalist and talented musician, ‘Deirdre’s vocals inspire-they either make your spine tingle or make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.’ Deirdre grew up in Door County and has been writing and performing since her teens. She lived in Milwaukee for many years performing her riveting blend of jazz, soul and blues.

Band Information HERE | Band Videos HERE

Date: Thursday, August 4
7 PM
Bar Opens: 6 PM
Price/Tickets: Free Admissions. Donations accepted at the gate.
Location: Plaza and Sheboygan Street