La Porte Community Concerts closes season with jazz artists Sundae + Mr. Goessl – Chicago Tribune

Sundae + Mr. Goessl began their “Dreamland” spring tour nearly two months ago in North Dakota, and La Porte is among the last stops before the release of their latest CD.

La Porte Community Concerts closes its 2021-22 season May 1 at Kesling Middle School Auditorium with the married duo, whose 2020 performance had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re like an old-school road show, a vaudeville-type act,” said Kate Voss, vocalist for Sundae + Mr. Goessl.

“In addition to having the musical part, which is a combination of nostalgic music from the 1930s to the 1960s, where my husband plays guitar and I play ukulele, bass and melodica, I also do stand-up intermittent between songs.

“It’s a little something for everyone – nostalgia, jazz, pop, a little country and lots of laughs.”

Voss aka Sundae and her husband, Jason Goessl aka Mr. Goessl, got married in 2013 and got married in 2015.

“We have been doing this act, Sundae + Mr. Goessl, for the last eight years. We performed 1,500 shows together. We’ve played in almost 30 states and built something that started with this idea of, “Oh, we love this music.” Let’s play now,” she said.

“It became approved by Hohner, who does the melodicas. They also make the harmonicas so they support us. I had the opportunity to write a book on the melodica method thanks to the knowledge of Hohner, which will be published this fall by Hal Leonard.

“We had to be on television in many different states. The things we can do are crazy. I am blown away to be able to perform music with this world class performer. He’s just amazing.

Sundae + Mr. Goessl concerts mainly feature familiar songs.

“We do a lot of covers but we also write music in the same vein, in our style. We have some original tracks that we plug in that sound like they’re from the 1950s,” said Voss, who moved to Oshkosh, Wis., after she and Goessl lived in Seattle for 20 years.

“We have developed new things on COVID. We had a lot of time to practice at home, so we inserted some new tracks like “Blue Bayou”. We started doing this Roy Orbison song so it’s really fun to do.

“Of course, I’m quite sensitive to our original music, but I really like old songs like ‘Everybody Loves My Baby’ by Fats Waller and an old jazz song called ‘I Wish You Love’ is a good song that we love it too.”

Sundae + Mr. Goessl have performed in states like Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington to promote his seventh CD, “Dreamland”, which will be officially released on May 21 and is available for pre-order at

The 12 tracks include “It’s Been a Long, Long Time”, “‘Deed I Do”, “For Once in My Life”, “I Wish You Love”, “Goody”, “Seems Like Old Times” and “Goodnight My Love.”

“It’s the new sound where I play bass. Mr. Goessl overdubs on his guitar. Live as we play, he’ll put his guitar on loop so we can get a built sound. I always tell people we’re a small band with a really big sound,” Voss said.

“For ‘Dreamland’ the songs were all requests from our fans over the last year, so they’re all covers. Some are older jazzy tunes. We’re doing the Harry Belafonte song ‘Don’t Ever Love Me”. Our 2020 album, ‘Fun & Fancy’ is a mix of around 50-50, so it contains older tracks and originals.

Merchandise at the shows includes a $35 USB drive containing all seven Sundae + Mr. Goessl albums: 2014’s “Cheek to Cheek” and “Under the Covers”, 2016’s “Makes My Heart Sway”, “Dear Santa Won” from 2016. ‘t You Bring Me a Ring’, ‘When You’re Smiling’, ‘Fun & Fancy’ and 2018’s ‘Dreamland’.

“Music is completely our life and everything we do revolves around music,” Voss said.

“We think it’s really important not only for us to feel joy, but also for our audience members to feel joy and for everyone to connect with music that is accessible to 3-year-olds. and people aged 93.

“We want everyone to have a good time, let loose and have fun.”

Sundae + Mr. Goessl

When: 2 p.m. on May 1

Or: Kesling Middle School Auditorium, 306 E. 18th St., La Porte

Tickets: $20 adults, $5 students up to high school

Information: 219-575-1480;

Jessi Virtusio is a freelance journalist for the Post-Tribune

Ada J. Kenney