Treasures of Oz

Celebrating the Natural Gems of Ozaukee County



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Local area bluegrass and old time rock & roll band will provide music at the event.


String-A-Long is a group that likes to have fun.  The diverse ages of the members makes for many different musical tastes.  Everything from bluegrass, country, rock, folk or even polka can be heard during a String-A-Long performance, and the group is always willing to try requests.  Steve Vogt is the only “original” member of the group; the others have joined over the last 10 years. String-A-Long has played at a variety of venues: coffee houses, bars, nursing homes, pow-wows and even funerals!  The group is available for private parties, functions, or just for your listening pleasure.


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Fred Heyman (Dobro/Steel guitar, Electric Guitar) - Fred hails from Sheboygan and is a retired bus driver.  He plays many of the leads and adds that background element that would truly be missed without him.

John Higgins (Guitar, Banjo, Vocals) - John is from Cedarburg and is a school teacher.  In addition to his instrumental talents, he also enjoys writing his own material!  John also does a great job on singing songs by artists such as John Prine.

Brian Karthauser (Rhythm Guitar, Vocals) and Karen Karthauser (vocals) - Brian and Karen live in Mequon. Brian runs a wholesale floral business and Karen is a nurse.  Karen lends her talents with her voice; one of her favorites is Patsy Cline.  Brian enjoys singing rockabilly and country favorites by Johnny Cash, Elvis, and Roy Orbison.

Steve Vogt (Ukulele, Harmonica, Bass, Vocals) - Steve works for the phone company and lives in Grafton.  When he isn't singing like Willie Nelson he fills a number on instrumental roles, from playing leads on his harmonica to filling in on bass for certain songs.

Steve Karthauser (Bass, Lead Guitar, Vocals) - Holds down the bottom by playing a “toes on the nose” walking bass.  Steve also gives us some face-melting rock n roll licks with his lead guitar.  Steve hails from Brown Deer.

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Gilbert Nock (Guitar, Mandolin) - Doc is from the town of Belgium. He is the oldest member of the group and brings in some of you favorite old time Blue Grass, Gospel and Folk tunes playing leads on Mandolin and Guitar.

John Olander(Banjo, Guitar, Vocals) - John is String-A-Long’s north woods connection, living in Conover. John enjoys performing songs by artists such as The Kingston Trio.

Zach Karthauser (Drums/Percussion) – String-A-Long’s part-time drummer is a full-time student at UW-Milwaukee…you may have seen him performing with the Panther Pep Band at UWM basketball games!  Zach enjoys playing many styles of music including rock, jazz, swing, and latin.

Contact the band: Steve Vogt @ 262-377-6541 or Brian Karthauser @ 262-242-2104