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, and writing/arranging. She has a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in vocal/choral/general music education and has taught music in public schools for more than twenty years. Ann enjoys many genres of music, but has a passion for soulful blues.

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 (Bio coming soon!)

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

AUG

4

Sunday, Aug. 4, 12-3PM
Parker John's-

Boardwalk Music Series

Sheboygan, WI

AUG

17

Sat, Aug. 17 
PRIVATE EVENT

Kohler, WI

AUG

31

Sat, Aug. 31, 3:30-5:30PM
Parallel 44 Winery & VIneyard

Kewaunee, WI

SEPT

7

Sat, Sept. 7, 2-4PM
History Hill Music Fest

Sheboygan, WI

SEPT

12

Thurs, Sept. 12
PRIVATE EVENT

Sheboygan Falls, WI

OCT

5

Sat, Oct 5, 7-10PM

TR Duo w/M. Prusinsky
The Limelight

Sheboygan, WI

OCT

10

Thurs, Oct 10, 5:30-7:30PM

TR Trio
JMKAC OktoberFeast

Sheboygan, WI

OCT

13

Sun, Oct 13, 11AM-2PM

TR Quartet
M&T's Gibbsville Harvest Fest

Sheboygan Falls, WI

NOV

16

Sat, Nov. 16, 6-9PM

TR Duo
The Blind Horse Winery-Granary 

Kohler, WI

NOV

30

Sat, Nov. 30, 7-10PM

TR Quartet
The Limelight

Sheboygan, WI

DEC

7

Sat, Dec 7
PRIVATE EVENT

Sheboygan, WI

DEC

14

Sat, Dec 14, 6-9PM

TR Duo
Blind Horse Winery-Granary

Kohler, WI

DEC

31

Tues, Dec 31

TR Quartet

PRIVATE EVENT

Kohler, WI

FEB

8

Sat, Feb 8, 7-10PM

TR Duo w/M. Prusinsky

Limelight

Sheboygan, WI

PAST EVENTS

Friday, May 31, 7-10PM
The Limelight

Sheboygan, WI

Saturday, April 6, 6-9PM
Blind Horse Winery

Kohler, WI

Thursday, April 4, 7-9PM
SFC Event- @ the Bull

Sheboygan Falls, WI

Saturday, March  16, 6-9PM
The Limelight
Sheboygan, WI

Saturday, March 2, 6-9PM
Blind Horse Winery
Kohler, WI

Thursday, January 31, 6-9PM
Blind Horse Winery
Kohler, WI

Saturday, January 5, 6-9PM
The Limelight
Sheboygan, WI

Saturday, December 8, 1-4PM
M&T's Gibbsville Orchard

Holiday Market, Sheboygan Falls
 

Friday, December 7, 5-9PM
Blind Horse Winery
Kohler, WI

Saturday, December 1, 8-11PM
The Blue Opus
Green Bay, WI

Tuesday, October 30, 5:30-7:30PM
Paradigm Coffee & Music

Sheboygan, WI

Friday, October 26, 5-9PM
Blind Horse Winery
Kohler, WI

Saturday, September 1, 8-11PM
The Blue Opus
Green Bay, WI

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