THELMA announces 11 Thursdays Summer band lineup

Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts (THELMA) will again host a Thursday night outdoor concert series, 11 Thursdays of Summer. This series brings bands from across the Midwest to Fond du Lac, attracting audiences of all ages and interests.

The section of Sheboygan Street, in front of THELMA, will close. There will be food vendors, games and cash bars. Each concert begins at 7 pm, with the bar opening at 6 pm. All concerts are free admission thanks to the 11 Thursdays of Summer Sponsors presenting sponsor Fox Valley Savings Bank as well as  J.F. Ahern, The Goldsmith, Wisconsin Arts Board, C.D. Smith, National Exchange Bank and Trust, Michels Corporation, Culver’s Restaurants, Steve & Lynne Uecker, Lacey Sadoff, Brothers Flader, Carlone’s Bar, Gallery & Frame Shop, Holiday Automotive, Lillian’s, Renaissance Salon, von Briesen & Roper, s.c., Connie’s Diner, Theo’s 24, Hometown Bank, Solberg Real Estate, Texture Salon, Mike’s Music, McClone, ModTruss, Cutter Vac, and The Brick House. The Bull is the media sponsor.

Kicking off the series June 13 is the country western band from Fond du Lac, TWANG, composed of six members that take on a range of instruments, from rhythm guitar to the fiddle.

Next in the lineup is the trio Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo June 20. Since having formed in May of 2008, the trio has embraced their deep roots within the blues.

The WhiskeyBelles will perform the third concert of the series on June 27. This all-female traditional country and Americana trio was nominated for the 2018 Bluegrass/Americana WAMI Artist of the Year, as they mix together Hank Williams passion and Carter family harmonies.

July 11, the roots/Americana quartet, Copper Box will perform. Danny Jerabek and his wife Michelle (Thull) Jerabek were both nominated for the 2018 WAMI Reeds/Brass Award, plus Danny Jerabek was nominated for the 2019 Polka Artist.

Performing July 18 is 800 LB Gorilla, a rock/jam band from Indianapolis, Indiana. The band brings together funk and jazz influences with rock and roll.

Next is the Hot and Dirty Brass Band July 25. Nominated for the 2019 WAMI Horn/Big Band Artist and 2018 New Artist of the Year, along with trombone player and vocalist Micheal Clobes who won Best Reeds/Brass artist, this is not a traditional brass band. Rather, they incorporate a mix of influences and modern-day brass bands.

Continuing the series on August 1 is the Alex Wilson Band, a trio of musicians with deep raw vocals and a big-band blues sound.

New to THELMA, the Madison-based band The Honey Pies will perform August 8, showcasing the best of traditional, contemporary, and original Americana music.

Another new band coming to THELMA August 15 is the 2019 WAMI Bluegrass/Americana Artist nominee, 2019 Artist of the Year, and 2019 Album of the Year for – Tenderloin, Feed the Dog, will perform. This Appleton based jam-rock-grass band will entertain attendees with their eclectic, action-packed, and high-energy stage presence.

Nearing the end of the series, the Milwaukee trio Listening Party will perform August 22, presenting a fresh brand of American music that combines the genres of folk, classic rock, soul, and bluegrass. The band was also a distinguished 2018 WAMI nominee for Bluegrass/Americana.

Concluding the series is the award-winning, original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin, Unity the Band August 29. In blending influences from roots, rock, blues, funk, and reggae to create their own unique sound, they have been nominated for the 2018-2019 WAMI Artist of the Year, the 2019 World/Reggae/Ska/Latin, and are the 2018 winner for World/Reggae/Ska/Latin.

No large bags or backpacks or carry-ins will be permitted. All other bags will be checked. Wristbands must be worn if drinking or purchasing alcohol. Donations will be accepted, and proceeds will go to THELMA programming and scholarships. Chairs will be permitted in the street only and not on the Plaza.

THELMA is located at 51 Sheboygan St., in the heart of Downtown Fond du Lac’s Arts and Entertainment District. THELMA is a member-based non-profit dedicated to enriching our community through the arts. Intimate concerts in the Great Hall, street concerts with major performers, indoor films, and art from world-renowned artists are available at THELMA. THELMA also offers a stunning backdrop for weddings, meetings and all social and corporate gatherings.