To kick off its 10th anniversary season, the OAC presents a concert featuring The Differentials from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15, on the OAC’s Main Stage.


Featuring the talents of Tom Spolar, Mark Wanezek, Brian Leahy (of Leahys Luck), David Kennedy (of Tallymoore), Ron Beckman and Tyler Famularo, the band plays a selection of the iconic music of the '60s and ‘70s, including a new Eagles and other rock n’ roll legends tribute set.

“The Differentials are a unique cover band from the Milwaukee area that captures the very essence of the music of the '60s and '70s, especially their heartfelt renditions of the Eagles’ music. When I first heard them in early May, the crowd was on their feet long before the concert’s end,” said OAC director Michael Duncan.

Band members are excited to be part of the celebration.

"The Differentials are looking forward to performing at the OAC’s 10th anniversary kickoff. I know Oconomowoc residents embrace the facility and its operations as the crown jewel of their community" Leahy said. "Everything from top to bottom is run at a professional level."

The concert is a fundraising event for the OAC. General seating tickets are $10. For information about the band, visit www.thedifferentialsband.com and www.facebook.com/TheDifferentials.

Open house

The community is invited to help celebrate a new season with the annual OAC open house Saturday, July 15. Sponsored by Fox Brothers Piggly Wiggly, the event will offer a free cookout on the outdoor patio from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The OAC Box Office will be open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. with discounts on ticket purchases for the 10th anniversary season.

There will also be live entertainment featuring OHS theater director Tom Klubertanz and OHS history teacher Andy Zietlow, who will perform with their acoustic-electric folk renditions of contemporary pop and rock favorites on the Tri-Clubs Plaza outdoor patio.

A variety of local arts, community and school organizations will be on hand in the OAC lobby, and the first visual arts series art exhibit for the season will debut with original works of art by Wisconsin watercolorist Pat Rodell. The exhibit will be featured in the OAC art gallery through Aug. 19.

“The 10th anniversary is a very special milestone for the OAC, school district and community. It is a clear and ringing testament to the power of the arts in our community and the difference it makes for all of us,” said Duncan.

Kids from Wisconsin

The Kids from Wisconsin performance, sponsored by the Oconomowoc Kiwanis Breakfast Club, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 29, on the OAC’s Main Stage. Celebrating its 49th show season with a group of 35 young singers/dancers and musicians representing more than 20 hometowns across Wisconsin, this year’s tour theme is “Head Out on the Highway!”

The show’s broad repertoire of music includes American favorites, big band, classics from the 50s-80s, Motown, country, Broadway and current top hits, filling a two-hour fully staged performance.

Reserved seating tickets are $24 adults, $20 seniors (60+) and $10 high school students and younger and military personnel (with ID). For more information about Kids from Wisconsin, visit www.kidsfromwisconsin.org.

Free Kids workshop

Kids from Wisconsin will facilitate a free “Realize Your Dream” musical theater workshop for area kids ages 7-13 from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29 on the OAC Main Stage.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn a song and dance and perform it alongside a member of the Kids cast. Workshop attendees will also receive a free ticket to see the Kids from Wisconsin show at 7:30 p.m. Indicate when registering whether you will attend the performance. For information and to register, call the OAC box office. Registration deadline is by 5 p.m. Friday, July 21.

Summer box office

The OAC’s summer box office hours are July 5-Sept. 1. The box office will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Regular hours will resume Tuesday, Sept. 5, after the Labor Day holiday. In addition, the box office is open 90 minutes before events.

The Oconomowoc Arts Center is at 641 E. Forest St. For more information, call the OAC Box Office at 262-560-3172 or visit www.theoac.net.

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