Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts

14th Cheese Capital Jazz & Blues Crawl for the Arts
Friday, August 11, 2017 4pm to 12:30am

Plymouth Arts Center’s Cheese Capital Jazz & Blues Crawl for the Arts will be presented, Friday, August 11, 2017, 4:30pm to 12:30am. This 14th annual live music extravaganza and fundraiser features 11 fantastic bands at the PAC in the courtyard and greatroom and at seven downtown clubs and restaurants. Purchase the 2017 Keepsake Wristband for $10, and receive one free raffle ticket (valued at $5) for a chance to win $500 in Cash with additional Big Cash Raffle Tickets available at the PAC for $5 each or 6 tickets for $20 (win up to $1000.) Participating Venues this year are: the PAC; Antonio’s; the City Club; 52 Stafford; The Depot; Wild Shots PUB, Classics Turner Hall, and Plymouth Tap. This fundraiser is sponsored by Masters Gallery Foods, Sargento, the Sartori Company. In-kind media sponsorship is provided by 1420 the Breeze Radio Station. 

Festivities are kicked off at the PAC, 520 East Mill, downtown Plymouth, WI at 4:30pm. PAC’s Bourbon Street Café features a jazzy menu catered by Three Guys & a Grill until 9pm.  The opening reception for “Wabi-Sabi: Finding Beauty in the Imperfect,” by the Fiber Artists Coalition, opens in the Arts Center’s Gallery 110 North. The new exhibition is sponsored by Van Horn Auto Group. The signature, original painting entitled “Django Reinhardt” valued at $1200, created and donated by Artist Dan Gardiner of Madison, will be auctioned at 7pm in the PAC tent. Raffle tickets are available for $5 each or five tickets for $20 for “Black Barn and Tetons,” an exquisite photograph created and donated by renowned Milwaukee Artist/Photographer Tom Ferderbar. The photograph is valued at $1000. A Silent Auction of art and unique gift baskets, etc. (bid to 9pm), all takes place at the PAC. The trolley will take visitors to the venues from 7:00 to 11pm. Maps, flyers and Wristbands are available at all venues. For a complete schedule of activities please visit the PAC website:, find us on Facebook, call 920.892.8409, or email:


THE SENTIMELLOWS are a high energy jazz group based out of Plymouth High School. They will be playing hits from John Coltrane to Wayne Shorter, and everything in between! The group was founded by Justin Schmitz, on piano, a current high school senior. Ben Schaefers and Darian Sager will be playing saxophone and bass respectively; both are current high school seniors. Other members include Jack Benedict on trumpet, attending Lawrence University for computer science and music, Connor McManus on drums, a student at the College of Saint Rose studying music production, and Samantha Weinkoetz, attending UW – Stevens Point for music education. The Sentimellows will be performing in the PAC tent from 4:30 to 6pm. Please stop in to hear some great jazz as the Sentimellows kick off the Jazz & Blues Crawl for the Arts!

VIVO  Warren Wiegratz, Pam Duronio & Tim Stemper combined their creative passions to form a lively and contemporary jazz·pop bossa·samba music ensemble called VIVO.  While Warren is famed for his saxophone work, you’ll also have the opportunity to experience his flute & melodica talents in VIVO. This lends a very international flair to some of the Spanish, Portuguese & French songs that Pam delights in singing.  In addition, Tim enjoys coloring their material with his rich guitar chords and rhythms. Vivo is WAMI’s (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) “Jazz Artist of the Year” for 2015 and has been nominated for the same award this year.  VIOV’s new, recently released CD, “This is the Time,” features all original songs and has received very favorable reviews from the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel and the Milwaukee Examinger publications.  For this evening’s concert, VIVO will include one of Wisconsin finet’s Percussionist, Tony Wagner, and Bassist Dwayne Williams. VIVO has recorded their first CD, 'on the sunny side' which is now available at VIVO's performance venues or at their discography page.  Warren Wiegratz has received the prestigious Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for Reed/Brass Instrumentalist of the Year an unprecedented twelve times. He is a highly sought-after saxophone and Jazz clinician, who performs and instructs in high schools and colleges throughout the Midwest. He has been featured in articles in the Saxophone JournalThe Leblanc Bell, and the Roland Users magazines. Warren's solo version of The Star Spangled Banner has received national critical acclaim and has led him to perform it at sporting events across the country. He is the leader of Streetlife (Official Band of the Milwaukee Bucks) and has recorded several successful CD’s with the group. Besides his performing and recording credits, Warren has scored two motion pictures, Dreamweaver and Lady Mary. Warren has performed and recorded with countless renowned national and international artists, including Phil Collins, George Duke, Al Dimeola, Lenny White, Daryl Stuermer, The Temptations, Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Supremes, Steve Smith, Jaco Pastorius, Wayman Tisdale, Lyle Mays, Chris Spheeris, Bobby Caldwell and Eric Benet. In addition to playing with Streetlife, Warren is resident composer/arranger for Milwaukee's newest state-of-the-art recording facility, BeatHouse Music. He is the Lead Tenor Saxophonist with the All-Star-Super Band, a rehearsal Big Band Jazz Ensemble featuring many of Southeastern Wisconsin's finest musicians. He is also a member of Hal Leonard Music Publishing’s “A-Team” of studio musicians, recording music for hundreds of song and lesson books. Warren endorses Yanagisawa and Ravel saxophones and Leblanc woodwind instruments.

JIVE SAFELY is a trio based out of Southeastern Wisconsin, specializing in the music called Jazz. Jive Safely is the area’s freshest new jazz combo playing a dash of new music alongside all the standards that make jazz lovers jive. Jive Safely is: Fabian Qamar-piano and vocals, Doug Peterson-bass, and Thomas Pibal-percussion.

TWEED FUNK Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk has been an integral part of the “soul-revival” movement with their own style of Memphis flavored soul, roots, and blues. This Milwaukee, Wisconsin soul-blues revue is fronted by Joseph "Smokey" Holman, who recorded under Curtis Mayfield in the early 70's. Tweed Funk boasts 6 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Wins since 2012 for the band and its members. In April of 2016 the band released their fourth CD, “Come Together”, consisting of 10 new original tunes. The album won a Blues 411 Jimi Award for R&B/Soul Release for 2016 and was a Finalist for The Blues Foundation's Best Self Produced CD Award.  Tweed Funk returned to the stage in early 2017 following a 7-month hiatus while "Smokey" Holman underwent treatment and a successful stem cell transplant for multiple myeloma cancer.

LIGHTHOUSE SWING BAND   Get ready to dance the night away at Turner Hall. The Lighthouse Big Swing Band was organized in the fall of 2003 through the efforts of local musician and business owner Jim Arthur, with help from Dick Wehner, Brian Lydeen, and other area big band enthusiasts.  The 17-piece band is under the direction of Dr. Brian Lydeen, Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Marian University, and attracts top-notch musicians from throughout East Central Wisconsin   The Lighthouse Big Band has a standing gig the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Fond du Lac's Backstage Bar & Grill.  They have performed at the Fond du Lac Jazz Festivals with headliners Tom “Bones” Malone (2007), David “Fathead” Newman (2008), Kevin Mahogany (2009), Eugene Rousseau (2010), and Tony Scodwell, Scott Whitfield and Ginger Bergman (2012).  With a repertoire spanning the arrangements of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, and Count Basie as well as the great 50s and 60s sounds of Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, and more – a concert by the Lighthouse Big Band includes music for big band aficionados of all eras and ages! 

THE BLUETONES: Who delivers classic R & B, jazz, bluesy rock, and 60’s beat band style?  That would be The Bluetones! With an eclectic mix and a beat to dance to, these musicians stir up live band magic!  If you like the old and the new, If you like rhythm and blues, If you like rock n soul, If you like swinging pop, If you like to dance, If you like to have a good time, all the time, Come tap your feet, to the rockin' beat, of the Bluetones! Vida Martin-vocals, Louis Luina-guitar, Larry Bartol-bass; Tony Bauer-sax, and Brian Munro-drums

SMOOTH GROOVE is a local favorite and has performed at many clubs, restaurants and nightclubs throughout the state of Wisconsin, as well as several area fundraisers and special events. Their music style is in the realm of Smooth Jazz playing standards which never age and will always be with us. The quartet is comprised of Vern Eliason on Saxophone, Paul Epner on keyboards, Mike Bendt on Drums and Mitch Eliason on vocals.

GROOVEOLOGY features: Dave Matsen (leader) – Saxes; Marcia Matsen – vocals; Theo Merriweather – keyboards; Ethan Bender – Bass; and Bill Feldman – Drums. While a music student at UW-Milwaukee, Dave joined his first professional band where he started developing his composing and multi-instrumental skills; doubling on flute and keyboards. Shortly after that, he studied jazz theory and composition at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. His fiery sax playing and creative composing/arranging skills have been featured in countless local and touring bands. Presently living in Chicago, he has toured throughout the U.S., Caribbean and India. Matsen’s Career highlights: Performed and recorded with Grammy award winner, Daryl Stuermer of Phil Collins/Genesis. Performed at Jazz Yatra (Mumbai, India) with Grammy award winner, Douglas Spotted Eagle.  Performed on Nutrasweet, Miller Beer ads and the television series, Monsters - all produced by the Emmy Award-winning artist and philanthropist, Peter Buffett. Marcía (rhymes with Garcia) can't remember a time when she wasn't singing. A product of the racially rich neighborhood on the northside of Milwaukee where she grew up, Motown music was an early and strong influence. Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Supremes were some of the artists she would listen to over and over again. She studied music at UW-Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. As was a founding member of the jazz-funk group, Suntouch, she toured extensively throughout the Midwest and Florida. Living in Chicago for the past 20 years, she has been working as a freelance artist and has been featured in several "Local Vocal Brew" showcases hosted by the well known Chicago vocalist, Wendy Morgan. Theo Merriweather is a much sought after keyboardist in the Milwaukee area.Ethan Bender, Bassist located in the Chicago/Milwaukee area. Bass player with the Larry King Orchestra & The Donna Woodall Group, as well as an instructor with the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra's Jazz Studies program. Drummer Bill Feldman has played with Daryl Stuermer, Snakebite and currently, Dr. Woo.

THE KAL BERGENDAHL PROJECT (KBP) is a six-piece jazz-funk band.  The vibrant unit features some of SE Wisconsin’s most familiar jazz faces displaying extraordinary musicianship and technical precision. Blending free-flowing funk and memorable melodies; the ensemble is driven by a stellar horn section.  Groove and melodic hooks are constantly weaved in their deeply focused musical landscape of Jazz-Funk, R&B and Soul. By exercising the vocabulary of popular music in the environment of jazz, KBP has a youthful, pop edge permeating their sound. “Kal Bergendahl is the guy with the top-notch smooth-jazzy, soulful, R&B funkalicious band.” Paddy Fineran, Kenosha News. “Their unique sound, clear and energetic, yet soulful, could be likened to a combination of David Sanborn and Norah Jones…” Patte Geary, The Sun, Suburban Chicago News "Great sound, I like the compositions ."Ernie Adams-drummer (Ramsey Lewis, Dizzy Gillespie & Joe Zawinul) “Bergendahl leads a septet that eschews the typical flash and sheen of funky fusion for a subtler, almost more traditionally jazzy approach.” Jamie Lee Rake, Shepherd Express “This CD is terrific” John Nickelsen, 91.1FM WGTD ‘At the Waters Edge’  “Melody, melody, melody.” says composer and bandleader Bergendahl. “For me in my writing and in the music I enjoy, I’m always focusing on the melody. Ultimately that’s what sticks in the listeners ear and what makes a tune memorable. Being a bass player, I love the groove but I try to always make it serve the melody.”  

TRACY HANNEMANN JAZZ TRIO: While singing for many years with the Eddie Butts Band, Tracy had the pleasure of opening for national acts: Heart, Blues Traveler, Pat Benatar, Kool & The Gang, Huey Lewis & The News, Brian Setzer, KC & the Sunshine Band, Jeffrey Osborne, the Neville Brothers, and many others.She currently performs with her band, Powered By Five and with Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns. Tracy studied Jazz at the WI Conservatory of Music and Opera at UW-Eau Claire. She is a professional jingle singer and voice over talent. Theo Merriweather is a Milwaukee-based keyboardist whose main musical background is Jazz. He studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and counts pianists Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, and organists Don Patterson and Jimmy Smith as the main of many influences. He has performed on stage with saxophonists Ronnie Laws and Wilton Felder of the Crusaders. He has been a member of opening acts for David Sanborn, Chris Botti, and Kenny Wayne Shepard, among many others. Writing and production are also part of Theo’s contribution to the numerous projects he participates in. Tom Sobel is an extremely sought after saxophonist / keyboardist / multi-instrumentalist / vocalist / arranger / musical director in the Midwest and across the U.S.A. Born and raised in Manitowoc, WI, Tom studied classical piano at the Holy Family Conservatory at the age of 5. Tom began saxophones / woodwinds at the age of 14 and continued his jazz / musical studies at UW Eau Claire. Tom's musical career spans almost 5 decades and he has performed / toured with artists including: Myron Floren (Accordion-Lawrence Welk), James Solberg , Luther Allison, Bernard Allison, Pat Hayes (Lamont Cranston), The Jimmys, Buddy Miles, Taj Mahal, The Nighthawks, Charles "Skip" Pitts, Tony Menzer, Chris Aaron, The “Booze” Brothers, Clyde Stubblefield (Drummer-James Brown), The Box Tops. Mic Fleetwood, Wilson Pickett’s Horn Section / Band, Hubert Sumlin (Howlin’ Wolf), Jim Liban, Junior Brantley, W.C. Clark, Vic Ferrari, The Moanin’ Black Snakes (Las Vegas), David Shelley (Guitar-Cher), Dave Steffen Band, Reverend Raven, Danny Draher (Guitaris-Dr. John), Jimi Schutte (Drummer-Lonnie Brooks), The Bel-Airs, Jimmie Vaughan, and The Stringbenders to name just a few…most recently (2016), with the incomparable Deanna Bogart. Tom is the founder of “Tom Sobel & The Flight Crew” as well as “The Main Line Horns”.

THE BLUE OLIVES are a nationally touring powerhouse band and regular artists at House of Blues- Chicago. The Blue Olives (based out of Madison, WI) have performed over 3500 shows nationally and currently play 120+ shows a year. Once described as "tight enough to be professional. yet loose enough to be really fun...!" Sassy horns, 4 lead vocalists (male & female), killer vocal harmonies, searing guitar and funky bass & rhythm sections are the cornerstones of this powerhouse band. Known as one of the fiercest jam bands around, with over 400 songs in repertoire and 4 albums released. They've shared venues and stages with BB King, Santana, Sting, Robin Trower, Ted Nugent, Los Lobos, James Taylor and more! The band pretty much started by spontaneous combustion one night back in 1994.

The Plymouth Arts Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization solely supported by membership dues, fund-raisers, grants, sponsorships, and private and corporate donations. While operating Gallery 110 North, a fine art gallery showcasing Wisconsin Artists in changing exhibits, the Arts Center also hosts a wide variety of performing arts and special events such as: PAC Theatre Company, Plymouth Arts Center Singers, Wisconsin Performing Artists Series, Acoustic and Spoken Word Open Mic sessions, “Mill Street Live” Summer Series, Paint the Towns, En Plein Air; Northern Moraine Spring Art Tour, and ongoing art classes for adults and children. The Jazz & Blues Crawl is the highlight of summer entertainment presented by the Plymouth Arts Center in downtown Plymouth. Plymouth Arts Center’s mission is ….to enliven the spirit of our community and to enrich the lives of all by presenting diverse experiences in the arts. For more information: Please contact:  Donna Hahn, Executive Director, (920) 892-8409; email:   or visit our website:


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