|Top: Maiah Wynne & California Guitar Trio. Center: Barrio Manouche. Bottom: Okaidja Afroso, & Sarah Hagen|
The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) is pleased to announce its 37thPerformance Series. The 2019-20 season was booked based on the feedback that DNACA received from community members. More surveys were submitted for this season than have been in the past thanks to supporters like you.
The season will open on Saturday, September 21 with Maiah Wynne, a solo songwriter and vocalist. Though she has been compared to indie folk artist Maggie Rogers, her original music and moving voice don’t fit any one genre; she plays multiple instruments simultaneously while using an electronic looper pedal to create unprecedented sound. Among her talents are the ukulele, dulcimer, keys, and guitar. When writing, Wynne channels her belief in art, specifically music, as a means to heal the world. With appearances at Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest, she is a rising star at the age of 22.
While Wynne is in Crescent City, she will offer a ukulele workshop to students at Mountain Elementary in Gasquet on Friday, September 20. She is also thrilled to lead a free-of-charge public songwriting workshop for veterans and their family members on Sunday, September 22 as a part of DNACA’s Arts for Veterans program. More details on this activity will be released as the concert draws nearer.
Saturday, November 16 will welcome back California Guitar Trio, a Del Norte audience favorite. These three guitar players have been touring together since 1991 and their albums have been streamed over 65 million times. Exploring the intersections of rock, jazz, classical, and world music, both their original compositions and their covers strike a chord with fans. The trio’s on-stage presence is not to be missed with an uncanny ability to connect with their audiences through dazzling musicianship, engaging stories, and humor.
The season continues on Friday, February 21, 2020 with the acoustic ensemble Barrio Manouche, whose original compositions are influenced by Gypsy jazz and swing. The true definition of world music, this octet has members from France, Quebec, Spain, Brazil, and California. Their live performances are complete with a flamenco dancer and an African sacred dancer. On the afternoon of their public performance, the dancers will lead a master class for dance students at Del Norte High School.
On Friday, April 3, 2020, Okaidja Afroso will take the stage. A member of a family full of musicians and storytellers, he is a singer, guitarist, percussionist, storyteller, and dancer. Touring the United States since 1997, he brings soulful music that charts a journey from the traditional songs of his youth in Ghana to the influences of international collaborators. His original songs embody the human experience, evoking joy, tears, and hope. While in Crescent City, Afroso will lead a percussion demonstration for students at Redwood Elementary School in Fort Dick.
The season will conclude on Saturday, May 9, 2020 with Sarah Hagen starring in her original project, “Perk Up, Pianist!” Hagen is an accomplished, passionate pianist with awards such as “Ontario Contact’s” 2017 Musician of the Year and “The Guardian’s” Best Classical Performance of 2014. This one-woman, sit-down comedy project is critically-acclaimed, charting the tale of a touring classical musician who remains optimistic amidst challenging and ridiculous situations. The performance includes witty comic relief set to stunning classical piano compositions.
All performances take place at Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St in Crescent City and begin at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Tickets for individual performances go on sale two weeks before each performance and are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply at 240 I St and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing at 810 Chetco Ave for cash or check only. Tickets are also available at Eventbrite and at the door where we will accept cash, check, and cards. General tickets are $18, senior (65 years and older) are $15, transitional-aged youth (18-25 years old) are $15, and students (K-college, full-time) are $12. While cash is still preferred for the purchase of artists’ merchandise, cards will now be accepted.
Season tickets are also available at these locations until our second performance on November 16. They provide a significant discount to attend all five performances and are transferable and replaceable if lost. General season tickets are $70, seniors are $55, students are $45, and family passes (two general and two other) are $160.
DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2019-20 season, they are: Anonymous, Patty Brunsing, Caldwell Clan Fund, Lisé Hamilton, Lucky 7 Casino, and Bill and Kathy Maffett. Underwriters who are a part of Wild Rivers Community Foundation are: Del Norte Area Fund and Physicians’ Community Fund. Our in-kind supporters are Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate. DNACA is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more atwww.arts.ca.gov. DNACA is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Maiah Wynne’s performance and engagement activities are made possible by IM Tour and Okaidja Afroso’s performance and engagement activity are made possible by TourWest; both are programs of WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation.
For more information, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.