Live Event Schedule

*Online ticket sales for any Live Event will end 24 hours before the performance. No tickets will be reserved without payment. All concerts are Open Seating, come early to insure your seats (there really are no bad seats).

All tickets purchased online will be held in Will Call at the Theater (no actual tickets are mailed out).

Small Potatoes

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 8:00  PM
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to Cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.”
Small Potatoes on YouTube

Michael Monroe

Acoustic folk and jazzy reggae.

Thursday, July 6, 2017,  8:00 PM
Tickets $20.00, under $5.00

Michael Monroe lives in his log cabin and creates music on the North Shore of Lake Superior, recording in his solar powered MisTree Studio.From Vinyl to digital, performing his original music blending rich vocals, guitars, bamboo and glass flutes together… music and technology working together powered by creativity. He recycles his award winning music live on stage to deliver powerful styles of acoustic folk, reggae and jazz. His award winning music is featured nationally in the documentary Chased By the Light and received a regional Emmy for his Soaring On Mended Wings, 11 albums, and a DVD, LIFE OF MY TIME.
Michael Monreo on YouTube

Kent Rader

Saturday July 8, 2017,8: 00 PM
Tickets $15.00, under 12 $5.00

Known as the world’s cleanest comedian and humorous keynote speaker, Kent Rader helps people and organizations learn and experience how laughter matters as an effective business tool. He is well qualified to perform this role, as he boasts a diverse skill set and experience in both corporate and healthcare environments. In addition, he has performed his clean comedy in comedy clubs from New York to Seattle and co-stars in The Baby Boomer Comedy Show, Clean Comedy For People Born Before Seat Belts. He even won the Branson Comedy Festival as a reward for his efforts.


“The Homing of Salmon”

The Man Who Figured it Out

Sunday, July 9, 7:30 PM

Arthur D.Hasler, PhD, Zoology, UW Madison, 1937

A photographic biography by his son, Fritz Hasler.

Hasler’s story and how he proved that Great Lakes Salmon use their sense of smell to return to their birth place and can be imprinted with a chemical as fingerlings and lured to another location as adults.


MOJOE and Flipside

Thursday, July 13, 2017,8:00 PM
Tickets $20, under 12 $5.00

“Funky-Blue Americana” best describes MJ’s musical style.  After playing for many years as the red-hot rhythm section for “Otis and the Alligators”, Jim, Joe and Tony decided to keep the core band together after Otis’s retirement. Taking the best of the blues and combining elements of R&B and funky Americana ranging from Ray Charles and James Brown to Santana and Bruno Mars.

Joe Fittante is the featured vocalist, thus the name MoJoe. Like playing the other side of a favorite record, the “Gators” became Flipside.

MOJOE and Flipside on YouTube


Traveling Lantern

July 19, 2017, 6:30 PM

Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children all over the country since 1985. Our mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations. We are deeply committed to providing high quality, low cost arts programming to schools and libraries.

Our style is interactive. We invite children from the audience onstage, perform among them, and build our shows to actively involve them in the story. Our plays present important ethical ideas to children on a level that they can absorb, relate to, and consider.
View Traveling Lantern on YouTube



Great Lakes and Small Streams

Thursday July 20, 2017, 6:30PM

We drink it, fish in it, clean with it, swim in it and travel across it. Water has always been critical for our survival.

The Great Lakes region is home to one of the largest freshwater resources on the planet. That water shaped the landscape, history and communities of our state. The Wisconsin Historical Society’s traveling exhibit “Great Lakes Small Streams: How Water Shapes Wisconsin” explores our state’s long relationship with water and the impact we have had on our vast waterways.

Krista Detor

Christmas in July

Saturday, July 22, 2017, 8:00 PM
Tickets $25.00

“She is not just a songwriter, nor accomplished musician, nor poignant entertainer – I have been awed by the soul-punching talent of Krista Detor..”
WNC Magazine

Krista Detor’s solo albums have reached national and international prominence. She’s shared stages with Victor Wooten, Loudon Wainwright, The Neville Bros. and Joan Armatrading, among many others. But she is no ordinary songwriter: Detor has been involved in several award-winning theatrical collaborations, including the highly-acclaimed Wilderness Plots, (PBS national). The BBC’s Darwin Songhouse Project, Shrewsbury England (2009); has been commissioned to write musical theater for The U.S. Deptartment of State in New Delhi, India (2012); For the Indiana Arts Commission (2013 and 2016); and has written commissioned choral pieces for several national and international choirs. In addition, she’s been a returning presenter at Stanford University, et al, conducting songwriting seminars, performances and presentations throughout the world, including repeat workshops for IMRO (The Irish Music Rights Organization.

She tours the U.S. and Northern Europe consistently with her most recent album, Barely, which has been received with rave reviews.

“Her literary gifts are equally matched by her songcraft” – Lonesome Highway; “Barely Brilliant” – Folk Radio UK.
Krista Detor on YouTube
Krista Detor at TLCFA


The Light Gap

Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:30pm

God’s Amazing Presence
Sisters co-author a new book about health and healing

A near death experience and the heart breaking death of a child intertwined the path 0f these sisters, Terry Larkin and Marjorie Steiner.  They were inspired to share a powerful message of love on their journey of losing their fear of death to choose life and to live in unconditional love, health and Joy. They discovered the persons they were meant to be and share this amazing story with us

Mike Mangione & The Kin

Saturday, July 29, 2017, 8:00pm
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

Mike Mangione & The Kin is a touring group that combines a folk-rock sound with an orchestrated string section, soulful vocals and literate sensibility.

They average 100+ dates yearly and have toured as far as Asia, Europe, and Canada.


Fundraiser for Wild Instincts Rehabilitation Center

Wednesday August 2, 2017, 7:00 pm

We are pleased to host a second fundraiser for this Rhinelander, W I non-profit center. They are unique because they treat both birds and mammals. They are permitted by the State and Federal government, but receive NO funding from them.

Donations to “Wild Instincts” of money or “wish-list” items listed on their website will be appreciated.

Mardra & Reggie Thomas with Kim Richmond

Friday, August 4, 2017, 8:00 PM
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

Madra Thomas

Critics say Thomas may be the best vocalist to interpret Billie Holiday, her vocal styling and portrayal of “Lady Day” have mesmerized audiences across the country.” -St. Louis Jazz Notes

Mardra, a vocalist and actress whose experience in theater brings an extra dimension to her interpretations of song lyrics.
-The Riverfront Times

Reggie Thomas

One of the most in-demand pianists and educators in the country. Reggie Thomas’ soulful, hard-swinging brand of piano immediately grabs an audience and assures them that a swinging time is set to be had by all.

Few jazz keyboardists have excelled at both piano and organ…On piano, Thomas shows off a sensitive touch, a rich sense of harmony and fleet single-note runs; on organ, he delivers grits, gravy and gospel in satisfying portions…

Kim Richmond is an active and versatile musician based in the Los Angeles area with a summer home in Three Lakes
His first love is jazz, and his primary jazz voice is the alto saxophone. He has, however, been involved in nearly every facet of the professional music industry, both as a player and as a composer/arranger. His instruments are alto, soprano, tenor and baritone saxes, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flutes. Kim has been a member of the orchestras of Stan Kenton, Louis Bellson, Bob Florence, Bill Holman, and Vinny Golia among others. His own Kim Richmond Concert Jazz Orchestra is a workshop for his writing, conducting and leading. His Ensemble (sextet) is a platform for more free-form expression and improvisation with the members playing and Kim’s writing being the key factors.

View on YouTube

Chip Duncan Documentary Human Anatomy

Saturday August 5, 2017,6:30 PM
Tickets $15.00

Chip Duncan is a filmmaker, author, photographer and president of The Duncan Group, Inc., a documentary production company formed in 1984 in Milwaukee. WI.

Duncan has filmed in more than forty countries. His documentary television specials and series have won more than 125 national and international awards. Broadcast networks include PBS, HBO, Discovery, TLC, Showtime, Lifetime and Sundance Channel, among others.

He will be screening his documentary Human Anatomy, produced with the Mayo Clinic School of  Medicine, which he promises is wildly entertaining and life affirming.

He will bring a new short story collection, Half a Reason to Die, which is inspired by the author’s experiences as a filmmaker as well as his latest film Talking Lewis & Clark, which along with other DVD’s and books will be available at his reception

Bob Milne

Thursday August 10, 2017, 7:30 PM
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

Renowned ragtime pianist Bob Milne, one of the best ragtime piano players in the world, is an amazing musician who can play multiple complex rhythms simultaneously while carrying on a conversation, lecturing on ragtime music, and cracking jokes. Since childhood, Milne has had the prodigy-like ability to hear any musical score and replicate it on the keys. Once Milne hears a song, he remembers every note, whether it’s a ragtime song or a Beethoven symphony. “I’ve never practiced piano a day in my life,” he says. “I always thought everyone could just play like this.”

Milne can play in three different time signatures at once—3/4, 4/4, and 5/4 times, playing one on his left hand, another with the thumb of his right hand, and the last with the rest of his right hand. MRIs have shown that Milne can hear four distinct orchestral symphonies in his mind at once.
Bob Milne on YouTube


13th Annual Art on Main

Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Corner of Co Hwy A & Hwy 45

Featuring the music of Joe DeLucia, David Noll, and John P. Higgins.

Art On Main will again be held on the corner of Hwy A & 45 on the grassy lot across from the Three Lakes Winery (Thanks Mark McCain)
40 to 50 local artists.

Spend the day with painters, potters, photographers, weavers, jewelry maker and more!

Vote for your favorite artist – fun activities, food, beverages & music

Want to participate? Click here for application


Patsy and Dick

Thursday August 17, 2017, 8:00 PM
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

Patsy O’Brien, vocals, guitar. As well as supplying the driving guitar rhythms of Celtic/World Music diva Eileen Ivers’ last European tour, and collaborating with many giants of the Celtic/World music scene (Paddy Keenan, Cathie Ryan among them), award-winning artist Patsy O’Brien hosts guitar workshops all over the country, and NPR saw fit to feature one of his song arrangements on the prestigious All Songs Considered. With 4 critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt, along with numerous live and studio collaborations, Patsy’s songwriting reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, and a strong interest in roots Americana as well as jazz. Veteran Irish music critic Paul Dromey declared Patsy “Ireland’s best-kept musical secret”, after attending his opening performance for Kinky Friedman some years back.

Dick Hensold, Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish reel pipes, whistles and recorder. The leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, for the past 20 years Dick Hensold has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He is an active composer, writing both music in the traditional Celtic idiom, and more contrapuntal pieces. This repertoire is featured on his solo CD, Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes, released in 2007. He is also a studio musician and theater musician, and is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow.
Patsy and Dick on YouTube

The Special Consensus

Sunday August 20, 2017, 7:00 PM
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

Formed in the Chicago area in 1975, The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band with a repertoire that features traditional bluegrass standards, original compositions by band members and professional songwriters, and songs from other musical genres performed in the bluegrass format.

The band has released 18 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

International tours have brought the band to Australia, Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The Special C has appeared in concert with many symphony orchestras nationwide and has brought an informative in-school presentation to schools nationally and internationally since 1984.

Band leader/banjo player Greg Cahill is the former President/Board Chair of the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the former Board Chair of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music and a recipient of the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award (in 2011). Other band members include guitar player Rick Faris, bass player Dan Eubanks and mandolin player Nick Dumas.

The 2012 band release Scratch Gravel Road (Compass Records) was Grammy-nominated for Best Bluegrass Album and two songs from the 2014 band release Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver  (Compass Records) won IBMA awards for Recorded Event of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year. The tune Fireball (featuring special guests Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown), on the 2016 Compass Records band recording Long I Ride won the 2016 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award.
The Special Consensus on YouTube

The Jimmys

Thursday August 24, 2017, 7:30 PM
Tickets $25.00, under 12 $5.00

THE JIMMYS are what you get when you combine
(A) the seasoned keyboard/Hammond organ talents of Jimmy Voegeli, longtime member of Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band,
(B) the drummer from The Georgia Satellites,
(C) the three piece horn section, and
(D) the expertise of southern Wisconsin’s finest bass guitar, and
(E) the legendary blues guitarist Perry Weber on six-strings and vocals.
The Jimmys on YouTube

Unity the Band

Friday, September 1, 2017, 8:00PM
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

Unity the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the their groove.

They treat fans to old Roots Reggae favs, along with original music blending influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai “Pita” Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Ryan Peerenboom’s laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Logan Pier on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set.
Unity the Band on YouTube

Affair of the Arts
Blue Moon Gala

Saturday, September 9, 2017, Starts at 5:30 PM
Tickets $75

Held at the Reiter Center, our major fundraiser that features dinner by Jillian Catering, a silent auction, live music, and dancing.

Live music for the 2017 Ball will be Little Vito and the Torpedoes

Little Vito and the Torpedoes are a legendary five piece multi-genre band based in Madison, WI. Reminiscent of music’s finest big bands, the Torpedoes perform hits ranging from the 1950’s to today’s radio hits. Passion, talent, and professionalism have made Little Vito and the Torpedoes one of the Midwest’s finest bands for over 30 years.

Little Vito and the Torpedoes on YouTube

Willy and Carmen

Friday September 15, 2017, 7:30 PM
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

Porter /Nickerson are a duo that embodies the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s searing finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades.

A virtuoso guitarist, Porter has more than ten albums to his catalogue including Dog Eared Dream (1994) which yielded the top 10 AAA single, Angry Words. He has shared the stage with rock and pop luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Sting, Paul Simon, Tori Amos and Jethro Tull.

Nickerson is an accomplished Jazz, R&B, and Rock vocalist from the Midwest who has also contributed her talents to studio and voice-over work in L.A.

The pair met following the release of Porter’s 2010 album How to Rob a Bank, and finding their musical sensibilities a quick match, began collaborating soon after. The result has been a rich experience of performing and writing: Nickerson’s vocals feature on the yearning Iowa Sky from Porter’s 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and on the song This Train from 2015’s Human Kindness. In 2016 the pair was featured music guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, performing on one of Garrison Keillor’s last broadcasts.
Willy and Carmen on YouTube

Jeanne Kuhns and Small Forest

Saturday September 30 2017, 7:30PM
Tickets $15

Small Forest calls Door County, WI home. Singer/songwriters Jeanne Kuhns and Marybeth Mattson perform original tunes and obscure covers with bassman Patrick Palmer throughout Door County and the Midwest.

Mattson released her first album of all original music in 2012, entitled Relative Hunger, with Patrick Palmer on bass and Dan Smrz on drums, and featuring Seth Raddatz on lead/electric guitar and Anna Sacks’ harmonies on select tracks.

Kuhns has released several albums over the last several years with a variety of musicians including her previous band, Lost Mothra. Her albums from earliest to most recent are Riverbed, Lost Moth: Found, Ghost Ranch, and Beautifully Strange, as well as a holiday album recorded with George Sawyn called Mary’s Lullaby. Kuhns also owns Lost Moth Gallery in Egg Harbor, WI where she shows her own acrylic and watercolor paintings as well as the work of guest artists.

In addition to playing bass and singing backup, Palmer owns and operates Wired For Sound Rentals out of Door County, WI, providing exceptional sound and sound-man services to gatherings, weddings, concerts and more.
Small Forest on YouTube

Kat Perkins

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 PM
Tickets $20.00, under 12 $5.00

Growing up the daughter of a music teacher, Kat Perkins has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. Coming from a town that only recently went from “unincorporated” to 281, with the nearest theater or rock show hundreds of miles away, it took a lot of determination for that little girl to pursue her dreams.

Almost as soon as she stepped off the stage at her high school graduation, at just 18 years old, she packed her bags, said good bye to her family, and traveled 600 miles east to Minneapolis, where her undeniable drive and passion for performance shined through in her unforgettable stage presence. Kat began to carve out a place for herself on both the music and theater stages of the Twin Cities. 

After signing a record deal, and beginning to work and share stages with some of the music industries biggest acts (Guns and Roses, Bon Jovi, and more), Kat’s career began to reach heights she’d only dreamed of as her years of hard work began to pay off. It was at that point that Kat began to feel tension in her throat, tension that would end the career she’d dreamed of and worked towards her entire life. Her voice healed and she was accepted on the 6th season of The Voice.

Kat’s time on The Voice was unforgettable, as she made it all the way to the finals. Maroon 5 singer, and coach, Adam Levine, proclaimed Kat to be “… hands down one of the best singers we’ve ever had…”  She’s since continued traveling the country and performing.

Her latest singles have climbed to the top of the iTunes charts and she’d been the top selling rock artist on iTunes five times. She’s also begun speaking, giving over 300 presentations in the past 18 months alone, sharing her message of living a Fearless life, the pursuit of dreams, and making a positive impact on the world.
Kat Perkins on YouTube

Amy & Adams

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 7:00 PM
Tickets $15, under 12 $5

Amy & Adams began before Amy and Mark Adams-Westin became wife & husband.  In 1993 Amy Westin walked into The Blue Guitar (the live concert studio in the basement of Water Music) in Stillwater, Minnesota and into Mark’s life to perform at an open-mic Mark Adams hosted.

Amy was the voice for his new song about friend and movie star, Jean SebergI’m Flying.  It was love at first hear. 
Amy got her musical start in her hometown of White Bear Lake, Minnesota.  Mark is a native of Marshalltown, Iowa although life and music took him to Oregon, Colorado, California, and Wisconsin before joining Amy in Minnesota.

For over two decades, Amy & Adams has entertained and touched folks in Minnesota, the Midwest, and beyond at restaurants, coffee shops, wine bars, wineries, schools, churches, libraries, city concert series, art fairs, weddings, elder care facilities, as well as live on radio and TV.

Amy & Adams will be joined on stage by Jim Finders on bass and vocals, and Sister Mary Adams on harmonica, vocals, and upright bass.
Amy & Adams on YouTube

Erin Krebs

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 7:00 PM
Tickets $20, under 12 Free

Erin Krebs is a dynamic performer well on her way to becoming one of Wisconsin’s premier and most treasured vocalists. Ranging from sultry jazz stylings to bebop scat to belting out the Blues, her performances exude confidence and a passion for life that audiences instantly recognize as genuine and heartfelt.  Recently, Erin has been recognized by WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) as a nominee for Jazz Artist of the Year (2017) and Female Vocalist of the Year (2016 and 2017).

Erin grew up in Southern Wisconsin, where she showed a love of music at an early age- singing on table tops at age three. A few years later, she started playing flute and other woodwinds. Erin’s love for music and teaching led her to UW-Oshkosh, and she received her Bachelor of Music Education Degree in 2003. Erin taught music in schools for a decade, and is currently focusing on her career as a vocalist and teaching private lessons on woodwinds, piano, and voice.
Erin Krebs on YouTube

Scott Kirby and the Apple Love All-Star Band

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7:00pm
Tickets $20, under 12 $5

One of the Northwoods’ best and busiest musicians is appearing at TLCFA for the first time. Especially for this holiday concert, Scott Kirby has assembled some of the area’s finest to join him:

  • Scott Kirby: vocals, guitar and harmonica
  • Mark Krutke: PedalSteel (from Tomahawk)
  • Charlie Strong: Bass (from Rhinelander)
  • Ben Gadzalinkski: Drums (from Rhinelander)
  • Mark Piasecki: Sax and flute (from Rhinelander)
Scott Kirby on YouTube


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