A younger, more bluesy and jazzy version of the Texas Tornados, Copper Box draws inspiration from rock, polka, blues, and zydeco. Copper Box has performed small, intimate shows and large, main-stage festivals with artists such as Little Big Town, Peter Frampton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, W.C. Clark, and The Doobie Brothers. Copper Box is a story of two kids who met each other when performing with their families on stages across northcentral Wisconsin. Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, percussion, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, percussion, washboard, etc.) crossed paths again in their teens and eventually realized they were meant to be together. They started writing songs, formed a band, and the rest is history! The current lineup includes the highly regarded talents of Dan Cable (drums, percussion) and Dave Chyla (bass, guitar).
It was only natural that when they first got together, Michelle and Danny started a polka band. For about four years, they performed at polka festivals all over the U.S. As time passed, they started writing original material that included influences of zydeco, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and Tejano, combined with the sounds of artists like John Fogerty, Bonnie Raitt, and Doug Sahm. They also found inspiration in the music of accordionist Steve “Esteban” Jordan. This year’s show will be the group’s fourth Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series performance.
La Misa Negra
Hailing from Oakland, Calif., this seven-piece powerhouse delivers an electrifying blend of heavyweight cumbia and high-energy, Afro-Latin music to create infectious dance grooves with punk rock energy. Powered by horn and accordion-driven riffs, a fierce rhythm section, and a vintage Colombian sound, La Misa Negra delivers an electrifying performance that explodes with infectious dance grooves and punk rock energy. Founded by composer, guitarist, and accordion player, Marco Polo Santiago, the band consists of Colombian-born Diana Trujillo (lead vocals), Justin Chin (tenor and baritone sax), Morgan Nilsen (tenor sax and clarinet), Craig Bravo (drums and percussion), Elena de Troya (percussion) and Paul Martin Sounder (upright bass and percussion). Together, the unlikely collective draws inspiration from musical influences as wide-ranging as their cultural backgrounds, but it’s Marco Polo’s affinity for hip-hop and heavy metal that flavors much of the band’s sound and identity. The symbolism behind their name pays tribute to the genre’s African roots and Caribbean heritage, and celebrates the spirit and ritual of dance.