The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) concludes its 36thPerformance Series at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 in Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St with The Sweet Remains, a folk-rock band with lush three-part harmonies.
Composed of three singer-songwriters, The Sweet Remains weave original, melodic tunes with emotive lyrics. Each member contributes to the writing that defines the band’s sound; it appeals to fans of modern folk-rockers such as Jason Mraz or Ray Lamontagne, as well as fans of the super-groups of the 1960s like The Eagles and Simon & Garfunkel. Relatively unusual for today’s music scene, the group places their harmonies front-and-center while acoustic guitar, keyboard, and drums provide the backbone.
Rich Price, based in Burlington, Vermont, has released four solo albums and written music for many high-profile film and television projects. His single “I’m on My Way” was featured on the multi-platinum Shrek 2 soundtrack. Greg Naughton, based in New York City, has been hailed by “Performing Songwriter Magazine” as “a magnetic writer and performer,” having co-produced his debut indie-release with the late Grammy-winning recording artist Phoebe Snow. He is also an accomplished actor and director. Brian Chartrand, based in Phoenix, Arizona, has independently released several albums both as a solo artist and with his other band, The Project. He is also the creator and co-frontman of the touring musical revue, Live from Laurel Canyon, celebrating songs and stories of legendary rock and roll artists who were living in the Hollywood Hills between 1965 and 1976.
The group were convinced to form this band, despite geography and budding solo careers, following a chance jam-session in a Rhode Island motel room in 2008. Since that inspiring experience, The Sweet Remains have released four albums, received 35 million Spotify plays, and created a feature film, “The Independents.”
“The Independents” is a film written and produced by band member Naughton based on the true story of the formation of the group. It is a heartwarming musical comedy/drama touching on what sacrifices must be made to live one’s dream in the music world. It was debuted at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival where “The Hollywood Reporter” hailed it as “an extremely engaging film. An unconventional and sharply written script which subverts all the clichés of the star-is-born story.” DNACA is pleased to partner with the Del Norte County Library to offer a free-of-charge sneak-peek screening of the film at 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 26 at 190 Price Mall.
In addition to the recognition each member receives for their solo work, The Sweet Remains receive stellar reviews as they continue to delight audiences ten years into their touring and recording career. “The Boston Herald” has praised them, asserting “it’s been a long time since three-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs as melodically gorgeous as these.”
Tickets for the concert 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 or online at www.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door, which opens at 6:15 p.m. May 2. 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.
DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2018-19 season, they are: Anonymous, Lisé Hamilton, Chip and Kareen Kalvin, Bill and Kathy Maffett, Gene and Carol Schach, and Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. Underwriters who are a part of Wild Rivers Community Foundation are: Caldwell and Sund Family Trust, Del Norte Area Fund, and Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund. Our in-kind supporters are Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate. DNACA is supported, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov. We are also supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
For more information, contact DNACA at 707-464-1336 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.