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 or quartet with John Truttschel on percussion and Adam DeSombre on upright bass. Arrangements have been crafted with unique, 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, Norah Jones, and so many more influences in between, Tonic Roots is sure to provide something special for every musical palate. 

ABOUT US

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 independent musical drama film. She was classically trained in voice, and holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in K-12 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. Jeff can play just about any song you ask, right out of his head! 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.

Meet the band!

Ann Berchem: Vocals/Keys

Jeff Kolar: Guitar

Adam DeSombre: Bass

John 'JT' Truttschel: Percussion

2021 Season: more coming soon!

JUNE

 

4

Fri, June 4, 5-9PM

TR Quartet

Blind Horse Winery Patio

Kohler, WI

JUNE

 

6

Sun, June 6, 12-3PM

TR Quartet

Parker John's Riverfront 

Sheboygan, WI

JUNE

 

23

Weds, June 23, 6-8PM

TR Quartet

Summer Concert Series

River Park (TBA)

Sheboygan Falls, WI

JUNE

26

Sat, June 26, 2-6PM

TR Quartet

JUNEAPALOOZA

(Ticketed Event)

Christopher Gardens

Sheboygan, WI

JUL

 

11

Sun, Jul 11, 12-3PM

TR Quartet

Parker John's Riverfront 

Sheboygan, WI

JUL

 

31

Sat, July 31, 5-9PM

TR Quartet

Blind Horse Winery Patio 

Kohler, WI

AUG

21

Sat, Aug 21

TR Quartet

PRIVATE EVENT/WEDDING

Weill Center

Sheboygan, WI

SEPT

 

4

Sat, Sept 4, 5-9PM

TR Quartet

Blind Horse Winery Patio 

Kohler, WI

TBA

(postponed)

TR Quartet

Private Event

Nourish

Sheboygan, WI

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