Date:   4/2/2006

Spring brings wide variety of artists to Thrasher

Spring events planned for Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake will provide audiences with world-class entertainment in a variety of genres, from one of Canada’s most popular comedy acts, to those fun-lovin’ babes, to the easy sounds of a familiar folk legend …..we’ve got a spring line-up filled with concerts to please just about everyone.

Seven popular CDs, three videos, the most requested song on the internationally syndicated "Dr. Demento Show" and standing ovations from audiences everywhere have made Canadian comedians The Arrogant Worms, the hottest act out of their homeland.  With song titles such as “Go To Sleep Little Leech” and “New Car Smell”, one can only imagine that they’ll be in for a real treat with this performance. 

The Worms find their roots in folk and acoustic rock, though they borrow from Celtic, country, reggae, bluegrass, surf music, and even gospel. Their easy-going attitude, charm and good looks, not to mention diverse musical styles, promise an enjoyable, side-splitting evening of entertainment.  These self-proclaimed Princes of Humor, Purveyors of the Absurd and Ambassadors of Fun hit the stage on April 29, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18.

Then, one of Thrasher’s favorite foursomes returns to Green Lake on Thursday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m.  After six recordings and 15 years as “The Four Bitchin’ Babes,” these indestructible Divas are hotter than ever. Literally! Always evolving, witty and charming, The Babes welcome in a new era with a new cast, and a new show entitled Hormonal Imbalance…A Mood Swinging Musical Revue!  Tickets for these outrageously funny and multi-talented musicians are $25 – but wait – there’s more.  We’ve arranged a special Mothers Day Dinner/Concert Package with Grey Rock (Heidel House) for this particular event, for the exceptional combo price of $50. Tickets alone can be purchased at all regular outlets, but for dinner/concert package, please call the office.

And, keeping in line with our past spring presentations of famous folk legends, i.e. Roger McGuinn, & Tom Rush, this year we’re excited to bring folk icon, Janis Ian, to Green Lake.  Ian burst on the scene at age 15 with her controversial saga of interracial love, "Society's Child." Self-penned and arranged, it topped the charts and created a storm of discussion that featured Ian on The Tonight Show and in Life, Look, Time and Newsweek.  Her debut album, 1967's Janis Ian, garnered the first of her nine Grammy nominations to date. Since then, there have been 17 albums, some as close as 9 months apart, some as far apart as 10 years.

She achieved a new level of popularity in the 1970s with her trio of masterpieces Stars (1973), Between the Lines (1975) and Aftertones (1976). The first contained "Jesse" which became a pop standard after Roberta Flack topped the charts with it. The second contained "At Seventeen" that sold over a million copies and earned Ian her first two Grammy Awards. The third was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of its day and featured Ian's friends Odetta and Phoebe Snow as supporting vocalists.  Tickets to experience this year’s featured folk legend are only $25 – but as with all three of these upcoming shows – you might want to purchase your tickets soon. We’ve been experiencing a record number of sell-out performances here at Thrasher, and if the current flurry of sales is any indication – these three concerts will follow suit.   

Tickets are available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank (Green Lake); Ripon Drug, Pick ‘N Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton); Berlin Chamber of Commerce or by calling the Thrasher office at (920)294-4279.  Online tickets available at We hope to see you there!


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