Danny Jerabek (button accordion, keys, percussion, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, percussion, etc.) both started performing with their family on stage at an early age. Once in their teens, they crossed paths again and eventually realized they were meant to be together. They started writing songs and formed a band and the rest is history! The current line up includes the highly regarded talents of Dan Cable (drums & percussion) & Drew Hicks (bass, vocals, & guitar).
Danny Jerabek 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 –thinking a little more, "outside the box." He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, TX and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, and has been featured on national TV. In 2015, Danny accepted an Artist Endorsement deal with Hohner Accordions, INC.
For over 17 years Danny & Michelle has been pushing to keep this band on the road with the help of family, friends, and fans. Copper Box has performed small, intimate shows to large, main stage festivals nationwide with artist such as:
- Huey Lewis and the News
- 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
- Los Lonely Boys
- REO Speedwagon
- Americana Artist of the Year 2012, 2009 (WAMI)
- Reed/Brass Instrumentalist of the Year 2016 (Michelle Jerabek) (WAMI)
- Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year 2011 & 2010 (Danny Jerabek) (WAMI)
- People’s Choice 2009 (WAMI)
- Band of the Year 2002 (WPHF)
Coverville Podcast commented…."Out of all the cover songs I've heard, I've never had so much feedback from our listeners of your remake of The Pink Floyd Polka (Comfortably Numb)," which just scratches the surface of Copper Box.
As one music journalist commented, "(Copper Box)...as refreshing as a cool spring breeze blowing new life into a stuffy room...worth checking out!"
Wisconsin Blues Society describes Copper Box as "…one of the favorites of the Fox Valley Blues Festival 2004. This hot Zydeco Swamp/Blues Rock outfit with a great baritone and tenor sax gal and a hot accordion man. This group cooks and swings with some of the best Zydeco-influenced groups I’ve seen anywhere in the country."
From Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI to Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA to Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA to the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, we are sure to catch your ears listening, your feet tapping and your spirit lifted at a Copper Box show!
Copper Box Band Members
- Michelle Jerabek: saxophones, guitar, flute, washboard, vocals
- Danny Jerabek: button box (accordion), keys, cornet, vocals, etc.
- Dan Cable: percussion
- Drew Hicks: bass, vocals, guitar