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Red Hot Copper Box returns to Marshfield

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MARSHFIELD — Fire up, central Wisconsin! That red-hot, powerhouse band Copper Box makes a return appearance at Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27.

A perennial Chestnut Center audience favorite, Copper Box wows with its accordion-fueled Americana roots music, southern soul, and quality musicianship.

Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle Thull Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, washboard, etc.) first met as youngsters performing on stage with their families' polka bands. Once in their teens, they crossed paths again and eventually realized they were meant to be together.

Danny and Michelle began writing songs, formed the band Copper Box in 2002, and the rest is history. The band's current line-up includes the highly regarded talents of Drew Hicks (bass, guitar) and Jason Van Ryzin (drums).

Frontman Danny was given an accordion from his grandfather at age 9, and taught himself how to play it. Inspired by Steve (Esteban) Jordan, "the Jimi Hendrix of Tejano Accordion," he began to "rock out" and improvise, to think a little more "outside the box." He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, Texas and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, Texas as well as at the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, Calif., and on national TV.

The support of family, friends and fans has kept Copper Box both recording and "on the road" for more than twelve years. The band has performed intimate shows in 150-seat theaters and small clubs as well as large, main stage festivals nationwide with artists such as The Little River Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Feat, Little Big Town, Peter Frampton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lou Gramm, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier, Brave Combo, Terrance Simien, W.C. Clark, The Doobie Brothers and REO Speedwagon.

They have been honored with Americana Artist of the Year 2009 and 2012 (WAMI), People's Choice 2009 (WAMI), Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year 2010 and 2011 to Danny Jerabek (WAMI). Copper Box has recorded seven albums, the most recent released in November, 2013 entitled "After the Rain."

To learn more about and listen to Copper Box, visit

Advance tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and $7 for seniors. At the door: $15/$5/$10. To reserve advance tickets (available until noon on Friday, Feb. 27) contact Chestnut Avenue Center for the Arts at 715-389-8999 or The Center is located in downtown Marshfield at the corner of Third Street and Chestnut Avenue.

Posted by on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Baby on the Way!

Danny & Michelle Jerabek of Copper Box announce the due date of their 3rd baby....April 2nd!  The band plans on performing through March and then taking most of the month of April off to adjust and welcome the new addition.  Looks like May will get them back on the road to the crazy life of juggling schedules with a touring/recording band and family life, providing that Mom and baby are healthy.  We will keep you posted!

Posted by on Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Danny Jerabek, Accordionist with Copper Box: Emerging artists from Wisconsin

By Christa T. O’Neill for Accordion Americana There is something about Midwest America that comes alive in the cold.  As the crisp days of October ease Fall into the chill of November and move us into early Winter, music festivals and street parties abound. Mulled wine, craft beer, food and often, men in lederhosen, get the party started during any local Oktoberfest as a precursor to the holidays. It’s always the best time of year for live music. There is a sense of belonging among the throngs of people brought together in large tents with nothing to do but keep warm, laugh, sing, drink and perhaps, dance. They may seem as though they have nowhere else to go but in reality, there is no where else they would rather be. At events held in parks in small college towns or on streets of larger towns in any of the Great Lakes states, often you will see an emerging regional band named Copper Box with Danny Jerabek and his accordion, at the center of it all..........

For the whole article, please visit the Accordion Americana website.

Posted by on Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Copper Box is our Brave Combo by Jim Lundstrom


Copper Box Is Our Brave Combo


By Jim Lundstrom

Copper Box members at a Door County performance: Michelle Jerabek, Drew Hicks, Jason Van Ryzin and Danny Jerabek. photo by Len Villano.
November 26, 2014
If I remember correctly, the first time I did a story on the band Copper Box, they were playing a St. Patrick’s Day gig at a German restaurant, which makes perfect sense if you know this Fox Valley band’s penchant for eclecticism. They were crowd pleasers then, and years of gigging have only sharpened the band’s many talents. Beer fest attendees will know them as one of the two constants, along with hometown boy Jerry Schneider’s polka band, at the Wisconsin Microbrewers Beer Fest held in Chilton every third Sunday in May.

Copper Box co-founders/leaders Danny and Michelle Jerabek met as children when their parents’ separate polka bands came together for fests and events. Both walked away from the experience of being polka band children as talented multi-instrumentalists and exciting performers.

Danny’s command of the button accordion is a thing to be seen and heard. Combined with Michelle’s saxophonism, they are this area’s very own version of Brave Combo (to whom, coincidentally, Copper Box has an actual connection). The couple has command of so many instruments – keyboards, guitars, horns, their own voices and, really, whatever needs playing – that it might be easy to overlook the crack rhythm section.

Copper Box features one of my favorite Fox Valley drummers, Jason Van Ryzin, who I first met at a blues jam in Kaukauna when he was still a student at Lawrence University, way back in the early ‘90s. He is more than a drummer – Jason is a disciple of drumming, a perpetual student of percussion. You might not even notice him because he is always precisely where he is supposed to be. You can count on him to be there with authority. It’s called timing. He’s got it.

Bassman Drew Hicks joined the band in August and rounds out this talented quartet that returns to the area for a Nov. 29 performance at the Third Avenue Playhouse.

I just caught up with Copper Box’s latest recording, After the Rain. Michelle’s vocals are deservedly highlighted. On “Did Your Mama Ever Tell You No,” written by the Jerabeks, Michelle’s voice and Danny’s accordion joust with the dexterity of the seasoned musicians they are, but also with the freshness of musical explorers.

They give a ska-tinged reading to that polka favorite “Somewhere My Love” and give new life to one-hit wonders Mungo Jerry’s “In the Summertime.”

Michelle wrote a song on the record called “Workin’ Man” that absolutely rocks, with a great guitar noodle throughout.

After the Rain is the band’s seventh release. They are a powerhouse band. Catch them live on the 29th and you will want to take a CD home. You can also check them out online at


Posted by on Saturday, November 29, 2014

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