Join us for the 13th installment of the Gibson Jazz Sessions ft. Copper Box legend, Danny Jerabek! We’ll be featuring both the vocal and trumpet stylings of Chet Baker’s career in this showcase. Filling out the band is Kelvin Kaspar on guitar, Jerry Sparkman on bass, and Mike Malone on Drums.
Free to the public, and second set is open to jammers!
We celebrate the work of Wayne Shorter for our 12th installment of the Gibson Music Hall Jazz Sessions. Sure to be an exciting night with the width of scope that Wayne has to offer. From playing with Miles Davis, The Jazz Messengers, to Steely Dan, Wayne’s compositions are standard in many sub-genres.
The band features Jason Reisdorf on sax, Matthew Ryan Osowski on keys, Austin Bolden on bass, and some drummer.
First set is at 7 pm, and the the second set is open to any musicians who’d like to come up and jam with the band.
7pm | FREE
Join Meade St. Collectube for a feature performance at Gibson Music Hall! Eenjoy a night of great drinks and original and arranged Jazz!
A unique blend of contemporary styles performed by young jazz professionals. They will be joined by jazz legend, John Holiday.
Make sure you’re at the venue by 6:30pm to catch a live podcast interview/recording with the musicians hosted by Jonathan Caleb Rubin and 91.1 The Avenue right on stage!
-$5 suggested donation
Jazz Sessions are back at Gibson Music Hall all Fall, kicking off with the music of Wes Montgomery ft. Kelvin Kaspar on guitar. Come down at 7 pm for the first set, and bring your horn to jam with the band on the second!
$10 at the door only
doors @ 7 / show @ 8
The Furious Bongos are a Zappa project featuring musicians who have played alongside heavyweights like Yo Yo Ma, Mick Fleetwood, and Les Paul.
This isn’t strictly a “tribute” band – doing a note-for-note rendition of Song X from Album Y while staring at their shoes didn’t seem like the proper way to go about it. The result is a show that pays respect to Zappa’s legacy but is still new and different and dangerous, with lots of eyebrows.
Kinda like Frank.
Copper Box, one of WI’s favorites, that brings melodic folk rock originals and covers featuring the multi instrumentalists, Danny & Michelle Jerabek. Copper Box is a genre-bending celebration of fusion roots rock that channels the rowdy communal feel of a small-town party with their refreshing, gutsy, americana sound of artists like the legendary Esteban Jordan (the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion), Doug Sahm, Clifton Chenier, Los Lobos, and CCR…a must see!
Helen Exner returns from Florida for an exclusive evening to play good music with old friends! Jay Stulo(guitar), Drew Hicks(bass), and Ryan Corb(drums) and of course, Helen Exner(keys and vocals).
Helen Exner grew up playing piano from the age of 5, writing down her first melody at age 8. The daughter of a doctor and nurse, she spent her childhood in different states and countries. These experiences influenced her love of history and culture, bringing her from the East Coast to Cameroon (West Africa) and Germany by the age of 12. In 1992 she arrived in Wisconsin, where she developed her love of classical music through private lessons and a stellar high school arts program at Shawano Community High School. She won state-level awards for her songwriting in high school, including a choral competition in 1998 that resulted in the Festival Choir of Madison singing her song “Tiller of the Soil,” in honor of Wisconsin’s 125th anniversary as a state.
Helen went on to study at the conservatory at Lawrence University in Appleton, spending two years as a pianist and composition major before graduating with a history degree. Following graduation, she made her living as a church musician while returning to school to become a licensed teacher. Helen juggled church-musician duties with teaching piano lessons in her private studio and accompanying at schools. She performed frequently as a singer and pianist in the local jazz circuit, frequenting locales like Cena, Deja Vu Martini Lounge, the Farmer’s Market and countless other venues and festivals. During that time, she gained a following in the local scene as a singer/songwriter who writes piano-driven tunes that tell personal stories–sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always honest. Her unique sound was featured on the National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2008 when Garrison Keillor brought his show to Appleton.
In 2013 Helen moved to south Florida to begin her math-teaching career, and she volunteers her time socializing homeless dogs as a member of the Everglades Angels Dog Rescue. She lives currently in Palm Beach County with her cats Daisy and Mario.
“Jake Anthony Crowe, Greg McMonagle, Kelvin Kaspar, and Mike Malone join forces to bring you your favorite songs on the greatest stage in all of Appleton.” -Mike Malone
13 years ago, the band Sly Chef & the Vegetables played their first show at Water City Grill in Oshkosh, WI. Coincidentally, this was also the last performance by the Vegetables. But the trio that came together to make music that night immediately carried on with a new moniker, The Operators. The Operators evolved into the Smooth Operators and the rest is history.
The trio that started it all, the nucleus, the molten core, the Mother Brain of this operation, has remained firm all the while. Tonight, come join the original trio (Joe Slyzelia, Mike Underwood, David Jerabek) for our debut performance at a pretty sweetastic new music venue!
Caley Conway takes the stage in candy apple red with Pat Keen, slinging a matching telecaster and a new set of rules for the singer/songwriter paradigm. Rooted in folk but hardly bound to it, her inventive style ranges from jazz to post-rock, hints at the familiar, and embraces a dissonant beauty. The Milwaukee native’s breezy voice and disarming wit belie a deep complexity that has earned her praise as “the next big thing in folk music” by No Depression Magazine. Paste Magazine praised her 2016 full-length Silk for Life as “an ambitious piece that puts Conway on the map.” 2018 saw her sharing stages with the likes of Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker, Joan Shelley and more. Equally enthralling as a solo performer or a full band with backup singers, Conway leaves rooms hushed; her audiences somewhere between chilled and chuckling.