Jazzin' it up

Annual Jazz Crawl fundraiser for Plymouth Arts Center set to liven up the night Friday in Plymouth

Help support the Arts and enjoy ten live Jazz bands at the Plymouth Arts Center’s 10th Annual Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl fundraiser for the Arts, Friday, Aug. 9 from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Highlights of this year’s live jazz extravaganza include: 10 jazz bands including the return of the renowned Warren Wiegratz and Streetlife and the Bay City Swing Band; a silent and live auction; big painting raffle; posters signed by the artist; a new exhibit in Gallery 110 North, and food and refreshments galore.

This event attracts thousands of music lovers every year to downtown Plymouth, and is the Plymouth Arts Center’s major annual fundraiser and signature event.

Fundraising admission is only $10 in advance and $13 day of the event and we’ll provide you with a wristband. Show your wristband in support of this event, and enjoy live entertainment throughout downtown Plymouth

In addition to Plymouth Arts Center greatroom and outdoor courtyard, other jazz venues include: Amore (next to Antonio’s;) 52 Stafford Irish Guesthouse; The City Club; The Cozy Bar; Turner Hall and Wildshots Pub.

The event is generously sponsored by Great Lakes Cheese of Wisconsin, Masters Gallery Foods, Sargento Foods, the Sartori Company, Bordens, with additional support from Midstar Printing and M.A.S. Industries.

The festivities are kicked off at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mill St., in downtown Plymouth, at 4 p.m., where guests will enjoy live jazz entertainment until 10 p.m. The “Big Cheese” Grill in PAC’S Bourbon Street Café be serving food until 9 p.m. Visitors are invited to the opening reception of a brand new art exhibit, “A Point of View” by the Wisconsin Watercolor Society in Gallery 110 North sponsored by Mooney and Siegert Law Office of Plymouth. Adding even more excitement to the event is the PAC big Painting Raffle, a Live Auction and Silent Auction, all taking place at the Plymouth Arts Center.

Artist Robert Hoopman created and donated a beautiful watercolor painting, “Going for Ice Cream” for this year’s big Painting Raffle. The painting is valued at $1500 and is on display at the PAC. Raffle tickets are available now up until the drawing time: 9 p.m. at the Jazz Crawl, Friday, Aug. 9. With a donation of $20, in honor of our 20th membership year, we will enter your name in the drawing.

This year’s Live Auction at 7 p.m. in the Arts Center’s courtyard features “Duke Ellington” an original acrylic painting valued at $1,700 by Sheboygan Artist Dale Knaak. Knaak created and donated the painting as this year’s signature promotional piece for the posters, flyers and commemorative special posters.

The silent auction will once again feature original fine art, event tickets, overnight stays, dining certificates, and gift baskets and gift certificates.

Bidding for the silent auction closes at 9 p.m. along with the big Painting Raffle. You need NOT be present to win. This year’s musical line-up is: 

Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz at Amore

Warren Wiegratz on saxophone, flute, keyboards was named Reed/ Brass Instrumentalist of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (WAMI) an unprecedented eleven times. Warren Wiegratz has performed and recorded with numerous renowned national and international artists. Streetlife is widely regarded as the best “house-band” in the NBA. The band combines superb musicianship and vocals with an exciting stage presence in performing a unique blend of RandB and contemporary styles.

Other members of Streetlife are: Joe Jordan - vocals, Ryan Schiedermayer - drums, Leonard Adams - Bass, Peter McManaman – guitar and new female vocalist Rhonda Begos. For more information please visit their website at www.streetlifejazz.com.

Bay City Swing at the Turner Hall

For over 20 years Bay City Swing has created the exciting sounds of Big Band music in North- eastern Wisconsin. From the lush, sophisticated ballads of Frank Sinatra and Stan Kenton to the frenzied jitterbug swing and shuffle beat of Louis Prima and Benny Goodman, Bay City Swing does it all. This exciting 16-piece band featuring incredible musicianship along with outstanding male and female lead, not only knows how to bring you back to the romance that was the swing era, but also includes contemporary swing classics from artists like Brian Setzer and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

The Blue Olives at the City Club

The Blue Olives (based out of Madison) have performed over 3,200 shows nationally and currently play 120+ shows a year. Sassy horns, four lead vocalists (male and female), killer vocal harmonies, searing guitar and funky bass and 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 four albums released, The Blue Olives are regular artists at House of Blues in Chicago, and other such venues as Hard Rock Cafe.

The band pretty much started by spontaneous combustion one night back in 1994. Dave Turner on guitar, Chris Rose on drums and Don Janes on bass, took themselves down to the Main Street Saloon in Janesville and the three of them played some music. They booked 10 shows that night. Johnny, Anton and Ryan came aboard shortly after and Joan a few years more... Todd a bit later, and David on drums is the newest kid on our block. We are so blessed to be living our dreams.

Jazz ‘N More in the Plymouth Arts Center Courtyard

Jazz ‘N More is one of Wisconsin’s hottest jazz duos. Joe and Janice each have more than 35 years each experience entertaining aud iences throughout the state. This group is known for their performances at Wisconsin’s finest jazz festivals, theatres, and conventions.

Janice Marie is one of Wisconsin’s best female jazz singers with a powerhouse voice, theatrical style and stage presence, captivating audiences with her authentic renditions of the great female, Jazz vocalist, Ella Fitzgerald. Teaming up with Joe Scheibinger, who is called one of the most versatile entertainers in Wisconsin, Jazz ‘N More provides the very best of the American Songbook. Joe specializes in providing a wide range of music and exciting audience participation.

Grooveology Band at the Wildshots Pub

Grooveology features: Dave Matsen (leader) – Saxes; Marcia Matsen – vocals; Theo Merriweather – keyboards; Ethan Bender – Bass; and Bill Feldman – Drums Dave Matsen.

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.

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.

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 and 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.

Dave Petty Trio (Dave Petty, Dave Sullivan and vocalist Sue Russell) at Cozy Bar

Dave Petty’s interest in music developed in the later years of the “Swing” era. As a novice musician residing near New York City, Dave watched some live performances by the likes of Ben Webster, Zoot Simms and Benny Goodman. His saxophone and clarinet styling provide foot-tapping danceable music.

Guitarist Dave Sullivan was born in Hot Springs, Ark. and began playing the guitar in his early teens. He has played professionally for more than 50 years; having a rich history that includes a wide variety of club dates, shows, concerts, dances, private parties and receptions.

The Bluetones in the PAC Courtyard

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 five musicians stir up live band magic.

A guitarist and violinist, band co-founder Larry Bartol makes his first foray into rock bass with The Bluetones. Keyboardist/vocalist Lisa Golda whisks her audience away with her sultry tone and sexy delivery. Guitarist Louis Luina sails this ship of soul, mining the blues-rock vaults for the unknown treasures and classic hits that give The Bluetones their sound. Luina’s tasty solos and tenor vocals drive the numbers to funky heights. Drummer Kevin Payne was born and raised in Plymouth. The newest Bluetone, he anchors the band with solid chops and years of experience. Vocalist Vida Martin-Voysey sings in a smoky classic style and plays a killer tambourine. Her singing goes straight to the heart.

The Stellanovas in the PAC Greatroom

The Stellanovas are an acoustic jazz ensemble from Madison.

Stellanovas have been courting each other musically for over a decade. The band members include: Mary Gaines on Cello and Vocals. Her voice is often compared to Bonnie Raitt. She originally was guitar major at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, but truly found her musical voice studying jazz cello under the tutelage of the great Richard Davis at the UW-Madison. Chris Wagoner on Violin, Accordion, Vocals is a founding member of Madison’s Harmonious Wail, and has had his foot in just about every musical circle in Madison. Classically trained as a violinist, Chris met Mary while attending the UW-Madison. He has been an in-demand performer and session musician in the region for over two decades. Ed Fila on Guitar, Vocals, after graduating from North Texas State’s highly lauded jazz department, Ed returned to Wisconsin.

Smooth Groove Quartet at 52 Stafford Irish Guesthouse

Smooth Groove Quartet is a local favorite and has performed at the Final Approach Steakhouse at the Burrows Aviation Center, Millhome Supper Club in Kiel and for several area fundraisers and special events. They have graced the Plymouth Arts Center stage for the past four years for the “Big Cheese Drop,” New Year’s Eve party and for the Jazz Crawl. 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.

The Music Makers, the Strolling Strings of Wisconsin

The Music Makers will be strolling Mill Street from 8-10 p.m. in the area of the 200 block in downtown Plymouth. One of their stops will include Plymouth’s newest venue, the Plymouth Brewing Company. Music Makers, was founded in 1986 to foster the intellectual, social, and psychological growth of young people. They bring together spirited young musicians from the greater Milwaukee Area who share a love of music and commitment to study and performance.

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