Fifty Shades of Silver is one of the featured performing group at the November 12, 2016 OMAS concert. The band plays the music of jazz great Horace Silver, highlighting the skills of some of the area’s most talented musicians.
Toss into a big pot one monster drum master, a solid bassman, a right-on rhythm player and the smoothest guitar bluesmaster around and what do you get? A tightly-knit group with roots in the Blues, R&B, Rock and Soul with just a touch of dreadlock.
Tin Sandwich has been playing the Wisconsin Blues scene forever, it seems, and aims to continue until, well, it just doesn’t feel right any longer. So, we’ll be around for awhile
The Oshkosh Choir community performed at at the Fall 2014 concert, including the Oshkosh North and West High School Choirs, the UW Oshkosh Chamber Choir, and the Oshkosh Chamber Singers.
Over 200 singers combined at the end of the concert to perform a stunning conclusion to the full night of Oshkosh music.
Kurt Stein’s School of Music has been a staple of the Music Artist Series since the beginning, featuring the talents of local middle through high school students as the group performs rock, jazz, folk, and many other styles of music.
According to Kurt, “The School of Music takes education on a new level. We don’t play music, we make it!”
Pianist Linda Harmon performed at the Spring 2015 concert, offering a professional display of ragtime skill and enthusiasm. Linda was recommended by Heid Music’s Kristin Masarik as one of the premiere ragtime performers in the region. Linda treated the audience to a tour through the ragtime era, finishing with original music by herself and her husband John.
Miyoko Grine-Fisher (cello) of the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra and Justin Mitchell (piano) teamed up to play some Gershwin at the 2015 OMAS concert. Miyoko has been an active member of the orchestra, holding leadership roles and engaging the community through performance and education.
Singer/songwriter Dorothy Zerbe has been creating and absorbing music all her life. She has 2 new CD’s just out: Sweetly ‘Neath the Moon (Lullabies) and Dorothy Zerbe and the Savage Beast String Band Live at Mt. Morris. Her pure voice and genuine, straight-from-the-heart style captures and uplifts listeners. Joining Dorothy for the Spring 2014 concert is mandolin player Ernie Greenwood. Ernie is a regular in the local bluegrass and folk scene, playing with bands such as the High & Lonesome Boys, the Heartland String Band, mando y’ mando, and the Hwy 41 String Band.
Building around the mesmerizing vocals of Rebecca Hoffman, The Guilty Wanted intrigues listeners with engaging folk/americana music themes accompanied by atmospheric guitar and heavy synthesizer chord play.
The band is equally at home moving from acoustic guitar, piano, and upright bass, to effects driven, electric guitar and synth keyboard sounds to meld classic beauty with a new modern touch all of their own. In addition to Hoffman, the band consists of members Nate Lehner on upright bass and guitar, Mitch Nehring on kit, and Jesse Guildenvand on guitar.
The accordion filled quartet Copper Box is the final act for the Spring 2014 concert, bringing their unique, high-energy blend of Tex Mex influence, New Orleans flavor, and old Wisconsin polka to the stage. With over a decade of music, the band has grown to be one of the region’s favorite musical acts, described by one fan as “a guaranteed good time party every show”. After the Rain, the band’s seventh album, was released in August 2013, and blends the strong vocals of Michelle Jerabek with button accordion, keys, cornet, bass, ukulele, guitar, sax, and drums.
KWT4 featuring Tom Washatka, performing at the November 2013 concert, is comprised of four all-star caliber musicians: bassist Kevin Wells, drummer Tony Taylor and guitarist Tom Theabo, as well as special guest Tom Washatka on sax. Kevin, Tony and Theabo first met at UW Oshkosh back in the late 70’s and have often played together in various bands while also forging individual musical identities. They played with Janet Planet, Rick Smith and Dave Jahnke in Body Talk in the early 80’s. Taylor went on to join John Harmon and Washatka in Fire and Ice while Wells played in the big band, Play Time, and a rock band, Max Gain. Much of Theabo’s impressive musical resume has emanated from his collaborations with Planet. He has played guitar and arranged songs on several of her albums as well as performing as the guitarist in her live shows. The two also produced an album as a duo, “The Consequence of Two,” with Theabo on acoustic guitar. Washatka’s performance experience ranges from Symphony Orchestras to opening for Super Sax, Weather Report, Freddie Hubbard and Tito Puente, as well as playing with his own quartet.
Jazz Orgy – Winner of the 2010 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Award in the Best Jazz Artist category, the core trio of the Jazz Orgy is comprised of keyboardist Mark Martin, bass player/vocalist Andy Mertens and drummer Mike Underwood.
Formed in 2000, the group has become a staple on the jazz scene, beginning with Sunday nights at Peabody’s, followed with The Paper City Pub in Neenah on Mondays, Cena in Appleton on Tuesdays, Becket’s in Oshkosh Wednesdays and The Black Boot in Green Bay on Thursday nights.
Jazz Orgy shows often feature guest artists, including Stephen Cooper on Sax and Vocals, Andy Sachen on Bass, Erin Krebs on vocals, and others.
The UW Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble – Directed by Marty Robinson, the UW Oshkosh Jazz Ensemble is the premiere Oshkosh area full jazz ensemble, featuring nearly 20 students and frequent guest artists. The ensemble is a favorite of local jazz connoisseurs, due to the exceptional energy of the band and their skilled mastering of popular jazz standards. (photo courtesy of UW Oshkosh)
Dr. Marty Robinson, Professor of Trumpet and Jazz at UW Oshkosh, directs the jazz ensembles and teaches jazz history in addition to applied trumpet students. He holds degrees from Lawrence University (B.M. in trumpet performance), the Eastman School of Music (M.M. in jazz studies), and Florida State University (D.M. in composition). Prior to Oshkosh, Dr. Robinson served for 10 years as Professor of Trumpet and Jazz Studies at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
Sheamus Fitzpatrick & the McNally Boys: called equal parts Irish folk and charismatic entertainment, this 5-piece group is the most talented group this area has seen at blending old world folk music, full audience singing, and whiskey. The band is comprised of multi-instrumentalists Aaron Baer (banjo, accordion, mandolin, vocals), Jeremy Wood (guitar, tins, uillean pipes, vocals), Paul Wisneski (guitar, mandolin), Jason Baer (upright bass) and Dale Devries (vocals, bodhron). With Sheamus taking the stage, the audience is certain to have rampant dancing and singing spurred by Devries-infused laughs and smiles.
Dead Horses are a a 5-piece band bringing an impressive bluegrass / folk blend of music that is intimate yet moving, and is certain to cause some leg stomping and to intrigue the musical senses. The beautiful and powerful singing of Sarah Vos is often accompanied by solid three or four part harmony vocals, while the band’s exceptional musicianship is glaringly evident as fiddle (Tim McIlree), upright bass (Dan Wolff), mandolin (Nick Shea), banjo (Tyler Shea) and guitar (Nick, Tyler, and Sarah) weave seamlessly throughout eaach song. Having established themselves as a favorite of Oshkosh and the Midwest bluegrass scene, the Dead Horses released the beautiful full-length album Back to Life in late 2012
Stephanie Tschech: featuring the intriguing vocals of Tschech that blend a confident saunter and an alluring authenticism that immediately captures the listener. The full sound of her cello adds a unique and appealing element to the folk-rock-pop themes that almost swings through her music. Stephanie’s creativity and musical talents make her an exciting up and coming musician in the Oshkosh area.
The Arlington String Quartet, under the leadership of Andrew Hutchinson, performed at OMAS 2012 a set comprised of music spanning the Baroque and Classical period. Andrew has played violin with the Oshkosh Symphony, Fond du Lac Chamber Orchestra, the Lawrence University Orchestra (Appleton WI) and the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra. He has also played in Barritz, France with jazz violinist Randy Sabien and Brisbain, Australia in the International Workshops Orchestra. Andrew has held positions with the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Oshkosh Symphony and the UW-Oshkosh Symphony.
Sean Lynch and accompanist Martin Vajgrt performed selections from Winterreise, Op. 89 by Franz Schubert at OMAS 2012. Sean (baritone) was a second-year graduate student at the University of Iowa, pursuing his Master of Arts in performance. Originally from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. Sean’s singing credits include The Vicar in Albert Herring, Mr. Gobineau in The Medium, and Simone in Gianni Schicchi. This winter, he will also appear as Amelia’s Husband in the University of Iowa Opera Theater’s production of Amelia Goes to the Ball.
Rebecca Ottman (piano) performed Sonata for Piano and Violin in A Major by César Franck (movements III & IV) and Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 “Spring” by Ludwig van Beethoven (movement I) at OMAS 2012. Rebecca was a senior piano performance major studying with Dr. Eli Kalman at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. As a student, she received the Youra Piano Performance, Daniel Raaf, P.E.O., and Roger Dennis Memorial scholarships. Rebecca has also worked as the Events Director for Rocky Ridge Music Center (Estes Park, CO), an arts columnist for the Oshkosh Scene, and was a winner of UWO’s Honors Recital Competition.
Jason Cable performed with Rebecca Ottman at the OMAS 2012. He was a senior violin performance major studying with Professor Klara Fenyö Bahcall at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He served as the concert master of the university symphony and was a winner of the UWO Honors Recital Competition.k