Tuesday, August 14, 2018

DNACA presents ~ our 36th Performance Series



The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) is pleased to announce its 36th Performance Series. The 2018-19 season received a great deal of input from community members thanks to surveys distributed online and the results of these surveys shaped what the series has in store.

The season will open on Saturday October 13 with Molly Tuttle, an effervescent bluegrass guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. Earning accolades such as Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Association in 2017, Song of the Year from Folk Alliance International’s 2018 International Folk Music Awards, being featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and a nomination as Americana Award’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year she is pushing boundaries with her charming originality, dulcet voice, and gifted guitar-picking.

Saturday November 17 will welcome Seffarine, an ensemble whose repertoire spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara. With members of diverse musical and cultural backgrounds contributing a wide array of instruments layered with lilting vocals, their range is a blend of ancient and modern, from traditional Arabic and Andalusian pieces to original compositions influenced by Spanish flamenco, Persian classical, and American Jazz. “This enchanting album deserves international attention,” praises Brett Campbell of “Oregon ArtsWatch,” referencing their release “De Fez a Jerez.”

A free-of-charge public outreach activity will be taught by members of Seffarine that afternoon at the Del Norte County Library at 190 Price Mall in Crescent City. Their program is fun, hands-on, and interactive. Participants will get involved with musical communication across cultures and traditions with instruments from foreign regions. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to better understand musical influences across continents.

The season continues on Thursday January 31, 2019 with the indigenous reggae band Audiopharmacy. The group combines conscious world hip-hop, soulful poetics, and technical lyricism with global music genres, live instrumentation, turntables, and electronics. For seventeen years, the band has used its musical platform to cultivate healing, unity, and harmony. In March 2013, they were awarded a mayoral proclamation from the city and county of San Francisco for artistic excellence, the promotion of cross-cultural understanding abroad, and representing the values of the Bay Area. While in Del Norte County, they will lead an educational outreach for the students of Margaret Keating Elementary School.

Ímar, the Celtic five-piece band based in Glasgow, Scotland, will bring St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the stage on Friday March 15, 2019. Collectively, they hold an impressive haul of awards—nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles between them. They share a strong background in traditional Irish folk that lays the foundation of their instrumentation and musical components, which center on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man, often gravitating to slides and polkas. “The Scotsman” lauds their live performance as “genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity.”

The season will conclude Thursday May 2, 2019 with a trio of singer/songwriters, The Sweet Remains. They have a wide appeal to fans of both modern folk-rockers and the super-groups of the 60s and 70s. “It’s been a long time since three-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs as melodically gorgeous as these,” exclaims “The Boston Herald.” Their music frequently makes appearances in film and TV, including “The Independents,” a musical comedy written by and starring them.

All performances take place at Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St in Crescent City and begin at the new start time of 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 17. 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 2018-19 season, they are: 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 funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency. Learn more at www.arts.ca.gov. DNACA is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Seffarine’s performance and outreach activity are made possible by WESTAF, the Western Arts Federation.


For more information, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at dnaca@harborside.com. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

DNACA presents: Max Hatt / Edda Glass

The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) concludes its 35th Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday April 28 in Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St with Max Hatt / Edda Glass delivering award-winning Jazz Americana and Brazilian Bossa Nova.

Hatt and Glass first started playing together in Montana. Hatt was performing in a jazz trio and Glass sung Brazilian Portuguese as they became the state’s only Bossa Nova band. Music from their album full of original songs was inspired during the long drives to small gigs where Glass would write her storytelling lyrics to complement Hatt’s solo guitar compositions; they wished to create songs that evoked the ambiance of where they called home rather than a faraway beach.

The duo has an impressive background. Their nostalgic original music, encompassing the landscape of the West and the people who live there, earned them the 2014 Grand Prize International Mountain Stage/NewSong Competition where they captured the attention of their future producer, Pat Sansone of Wilco fame. These accolades led them to performances at New York City’s Lincoln Center, DC’s Kennedy Center, NPR Mountain Stage, Sundance Film Festival, and Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival.

Max Hatt grew up in the Chicago area, studying jazz guitar in the David Baker program at Indiana University. He has benefited from the tutelage of Pat Metheny, Julian Lage, and Lee Retinour. He has been applauded for his tone having an “incomparable spook” by the Nashville Scene and his guitar playing being “atmospheric” by John Platt of WFUV.

Edda Glass is the daughter of a jazz trombonist and music aficionado. Her love of jazz meshed with a teenage obsession for obscure Brazilian musical artists, inspiring her to learn to sing in Portuguese. She has been acclaimed for her “impeccable vocal command” by PopMatters and New York Theatre Guide lauded that her voice is “one of a kind…you cannot confuse her with another artist.”

This concert was a fortunate aligning of schedules. The originally planned season finale show, Lion Bear Fox, had to cancel due to extenuating circumstances (a first for DNACA). Max Hatt / Edda Glass were not only on tour in our general region, but thrilled to be able to share their illustrative songs about the West with an audience who can appreciate it within their own experiences in addition to wowing them with new spins on exotic classics such as “Girl from Ipanema.”

Tickets 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 or online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/max-hattedda-glass-tickets-37345626775?aff=ehomecard. Tickets will also be available 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. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Merchandise and concessions will be available for cash only.

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2017-18 season, they are: 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, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at dnaca@harborside.com. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

DNACA presents: Socks in the Frying Pan




The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 35th Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday March 14 in Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St with the Irish folk band Socks in the Frying Pan. The trio are touring from County Clare on the west coast of Ireland, which is commonly known as the universal hub of Irish traditional music.

The group charms audiences worldwide with their virtuosic musical ability, dynamic vocal harmonies, and onstage wit. Complete with a guitar, banjo, fiddle, and accordion they present classic Celtic melodies infused with their own personal flair. Their live shows are energetic and truly a unique form of entertainment.

The band consists of three talented musicians. Aodán Coyne comes from a family rich in musical history, with his grandfather Eamon and father Mick both being well-respected traditional Irish musicians. He began playing guitar at age fifteen and won a number of acoustic competitions. He began focusing more on traditional Irish music and alternate guitar tunings while continuing his musical education at Dundalk Institute of Technology, qualifying for his BA in Applied Music. He has performed in a number of prestigious venues worldwide both as a soloist and in various bands including: The Music Academy of Paris, the University of Cambridge, and the president of Ireland residence. He teaches guitar and is a founding member and President of the Dundalk Music Society.

Shane Hayes was born and raised in Ennis County Clare, soaking up the traditional music centered in the region. He began lessons on the tin whistle at age six and learned the accordion by age eight. He benefited from the tutelage of Tom Lynch, Connor McCarthy, and Martin Connolly. Irish Music Magazine has described him as prodigious and he was awarded “Best Accordion Player 2015” by the Irish Music Association. On top of his ferocious technique, leading him to be the band’s front man, he earned his Masters of Irish Traditional Music from the University of Limerick where he is highly regarded as a top musician.

Fiachra Hayes started playing the fiddle (along with many other instruments) at age three. Having also been born and raised in Ennis he was immersed in traditional Irish music and received instruction by Joan Hanrahan and Aisling Mulhern. He has participated and won many music competitions, including the prestigious “Ceol an Gheimhridh,” sharing that title with such renowned musicians as Martin Hayes, Paddy Canny, and Tara Breen. He just completed a teaching degree with music from Mary Immaculate College Limerick.

Socks in the Frying Pan was named the Irish Music Association’s “New Band of the Year” and continues to be embraced by Celtic music fans throughout the world. Having been booked by every major Irish festival and praised for their modern traditional style they are not to be missed.

Tickets 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 or online at www.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available 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.

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2017-18 season, they are: 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, call DNACA at 707-464-1336 or email us at dnaca@harborside.com. Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.