Wild Rose Kiwanis to sponsor The Honey Pies in concert March 31

Wild Rose Kiwanis is proud to present their thirteenth (or Baker’s Dozen) annual concert, and what better-named group than The Honey Pies? This Madison-based group performs traditional, contemporary, and Americana music with acoustic guitars, banjo, upright bass, and vocals. They will perform Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at the Wild Rose High School Auditorium. Last year’s concert sold out, so the Kiwanis are looking forward to another full house. This concert is a welcome chance to see friends and neighbors and enjoy great music.

This group of seasoned musicians came together in 2017 at the annual Spring Green Beatlefest. Lead singer Jodi Jean Amble, singer and guitarist Tom Waselchuk, and instrumentalist Doug Brown intended it to be a one-time performance, but they realized that they had a special blend and formed The Honey Pies. A year later, they were joined by bassist and vocalist Matt Rogers.

Jodi Jean Amble is a classically trained vocalist who fronted Jodi Jean Band, which has played in Madison, Chicago, and throughout the Midwest. Their repertoire consists of mainly jazz with pop, country and other American styles. She is also part of the eclectic group Jenny Dragon, based in Chicago.

Before teaming with Jodi Jean to form The Honey Pies, Tom Waselchuk and multi-instrumentalist Doug Brown performed for over twenty years in a guitar duo. Tom also leads the band The Dang-Its, a MAMA (Madison Area Music Awards) award-winning “Honky-Tonk Western Swing Americana” band. Doug has performed internationally, as well as composed music for theater, television, film, and commercials. With the addition of Matt Rogers, The Honey Pies bill themselves as “Good Taste in Music.”

And so, The Honey Pies’ performance will mark the “Baker’s Dozen” of the Wild Rose Kiwanis Spring Concerts. Many will remember moments from these concerts: 2007 – Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra; 2008 – Surprised by Grace – Mary Catterton; 2009 – Villard Cello Choir; 2010 – Music from the Caribbean and Beyond; 2011 – WYSO Returns; 2012 – Jon Schmidt (pianist); 2013 – Wisconsin Brass Quintet; 2014 – Michael Perry and the Longbeds; 2015 – 1st Brigade Band & The Lincolns; 2016 – Redefined (UW A Cappella); 2017 – William Florian Trio; 2018 – Ring of Kerry & Milwaukee Irish Dancers

On Sunday, March 31, The Honey Pies will offer a variety of musical selections.Tickets can be purchased from club members or at Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Waushara Argus in Wautoma, and Office Outfitters in Waupaca. Online orders can be made through the club website at www.WildRoseKiwanis.org. All ticket proceeds will support the community.