TONIC ROOTS 

Tonic Roots started out as an acoustic duo featuring Ann Berchem (vocals/keys) and Jeff Kolar (guitar), covering a diverse range of artists and genres including soulful blues, acoustic rock, and original repertoire. Tonic Roots can now also be found playing as a trio with percussionist John Truttschel, and as a quartet with Adam DeSombre on upright bass. The group loves to mix things up and share the stage with other local special guest musicians. All song arrangements have been crafted with unique acoustic bluesy and artistic touches, in addition to organic improvisation during each performance. From Etta James and Billie Holiday to Susan Tedeschi, Melody Gardot, Eva Cassidy, Sara Bareilles, Nora Jones, and so many more influences in between, Tonic Roots is sure to provide something special for every musical palate.

ABOUT US

Ann Berchem: Vocals/Keys

Jeff Kolar: Guitar

Adam DeSombre: Bass

John 'JT' Truttschel: Percussion

Ann has been singing and playing all of her life, performing in various realms and settings including musical theater, choral music, jazz, writing/arranging, and recently took part in an indie musical drama film. She was classically trained in voice, and holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in vocal/choral/general music education, teaching music in public schools for twenty five years. Ann enjoys many genres of music, but has a passion for soulful blues and roots music.

Jeff is an accomplished musician, playing guitar, bass, percussion, and arranging throughout his life. He is also an experienced, and well known brewmaster, creating craft beer many years before it became trendy! He enjoys blues, classic rock, 80's rock, and pop. Jeff and Ann happen to be brother in-law and sister in-law, and have been performing in other projects together for several years.

Adam has been a percussionist throughout his life, taking up double bass during his adult years. He has played bass with the local group This Big Life, and percussion with Hot Jupiter. Adam plays double bass with the UWGB Sheboygan/Lakeland Chamber Orchestra, and has had his hands in  many local music projects over the years. Little fun fact: Adam's dad played percussion in the local band, The Eldorado's, with Ann & Jeff's father in-law in the 1960's! 

John (JT) started drumming at an early age, receiving a drum set so he would stop banging on everything in the house.  He played with a few local bands in the 70’s and 80’s, then took time off to raise a family. His grown children also now have bands of their own, write and record music. John keeps an acoustic touch to our group with his unique Cajon drum set-up.  Rock, jazz, blues, and country are his favorites. John, Jeff, and Ann have been playing together locally for the past several years in their former group, JJARU.

UPCOMING EVENTS

JUNE

 

7

Sun, June 7, 12-3PM

TR Quartet

Parker John's Riverfront 

Sheboygan, WI

JUNE

 

12

Fri, June 12, 5-9PM

TR Quartet

Blind Horse Winery Patio

Kohler, WI

JUNE

 

17

Weds, June 17, 6-7:30PM

TR Quartet

Rocky Knoll Bistro Series

Plymouth, WI

JUNE

 

24

Weds, June 24, 6-8PM

TR Quartet

Summer Concert Series

River Park

Sheboygan Falls, WI

JUNE

 

27

Sat, June 27, 2-6PM 

(RESCHEDULED to

June 26, 2021 due to Covid)

TR Quartet

JUNEAPALOOZA

(Ticketed event)

Christopher Gardens

JULY

 

15

Weds, July 15, 7-8:30PM

CANCELED due to COVID regulations

TR Quartet

Summer Concerts in the Park

Kohler Andrae State Park

JULY

 

17

Fri, July 17, 7-11PM

TR Quartet

Tiki Bar at Shore Club, WI

Elkhart Lake, WI

JULY

 

19

Sun, July 19, 2-6PM

TR Quartet

Osthoff Resort Lake Deck

Elkhart Lake, WI

AUG

 

1

Sat, Aug 1, 3:30-5:30PM

TR Duo

Parallel 44 Winery

Kewaunee, WI

AUG

 

2

Sun, Aug 2, 12-3PM

TR Quartet

Parker John's Riverfront 

Sheboygan, WI

AUG

 

7

Fri, Aug 7, 5-9PM

TR Quartet

Blind Horse Winery Patio 

Kohler, WI

AUG

 

8

Sat, Aug 8, 6:30-10:30PM

TR Quartet- PRIVATE EVENT

Pine Hills Country Club

Sheboygan, WI

AUG

 

22

Sat, Aug 22, 3:30-5:30PM

TR Duo

Door 44 Winery

Sturgeon Bay, WI

SEPT

 

12

Sat, Sept 12, 5:30-9PM

TR Quartet- (CANCELED

Due to COVID Regulations)

Luxembourg Museum

Beer & Wine Garden 

Belgium, WI

DEC

3

Thurs, Dec 3, 6-9PM

TR Quartet

Private Event

Nourish

Sheboygan, WI

2021 EVENTS:

JUNE

26

Sat, June 26, 2-6PM

TR Quartet

JUNEAPALOOZA

(Ticketed Event)

Christopher Gardens

Sheboygan, WI

AUG

21

Sat, Aug 21

TR Quartet

WEDDING

Weill Center

Sheboygan, WI

© 2018 Tonic Roots

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