That band’s all blues

the-jimmysBy James Moran

The Jimmy’s, Madison’s “Blues Performer of the Year,” and winner of Madison Magazine’s “Best Band in Madison,” will be blowing their horns in Fond du Lac at the Thelma on Friday, December 13th for a 8pm performance that is sure to knock your socks off.

Kevin Miller, Executive Director at the Thelma is anticipating The Jimmy’s return.

“The Jimmy’s are a very talented group of musicians,” Miller said “that always provide a great show. The acoustics of the Thelma really enhance the talent of these strong musicians. I can’t wait for the show!”

Jimmy Voegeli, the proclaimed leader of the band of eight, is very excited to have been invited to perform at such a great venue.

“I love the idea of playing some blues for the Harley riders. It’s a brotherhood and sisterhood that really appreciates our approach to classic blues.”

The Jimmy’s modern take on the blues is apparent in the number of horn players in the band. With Chad Whittinghill on trumpet, Darren Sterud on trombone, and Brian Husk and Pete Ross on sax, brass lovers will certainly get their fix. The drummer Mauro Magellan, formerly with the Georgia Satellites in Atlanta, provides the authentic rhythm needed to be considered Chicago-style blues.
Jonny Wartenweiler on bass and Perry Webber on lead guitar round out this ensemble that is truly a hot source of blues. Jimmy, who comes from a family of musicians, plays keyboard and does some of the vocals that are shared with Darren and Perry, reminding music lovers of listening to Albert Collins.

The unique history of the band began in Monroe, WI and makes you wonder how this much talent ever came together in one little community that is known to have more cows than people.

Jimmy, who flunked band as a junior in high school, wanted to show his high school band teacher that he really was a musician.

After a lot of hard work and hours of practice, Jimmy eventually played with the Westside Andy and the Mel Ford Band.

Jimmy admits that over the years, the band has been subsidized by his farm.

One day while doing some plumbing at Jimmy’s farm house, Mauro Magellan noticed record albums covering his walls and asked if he played music. The rest is 25 years of blues history.

“We love music and we’re going to put on one hell of a show for the folks who come to the Thelma,” Jimmy said “I can promise you that.”

The Jimmy’s – Friday, December 13th
Bar Opens at 7, Performance at 8
Tickets are $30, Table of 4 $150
Thelma Members receive 20% off
Tables must be reserved by calling 920-922-5410

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