Monday, August 14, 2017

Announcing DNACA 's 35th Performance Series



Clockwise, from top-left: Suburban Showgirl, Lion Bear Fox,
Good Co., John Welsh Band, and Socks in the Frying Pan
The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) is pleased to announce its 35th Performance Series. The 2017-18 season is the first one that DNACA’s current executive director, Stephanie Wenning, has booked while holding the title. A great deal of input from community members was received thanks to surveys distributed at last year’s performances as well as online and the results of these surveys shaped what the series has in store.


The season will open on Saturday October 21 with a one-woman musical comedy titled Suburban Showgirl, an all-ages show about life…and how to dance it, “…perfectly conveying the trials and tribulations of love, loss, longing for the perfect.” lauds The Examiner. A Broadway-caliber musical written and performed by Palmer Davis, a former Radio City Rockette, composed and arranged by Ross Kalling, and directed by Cate Caplin, it will leave the audience mesmerized, energized, and inspired.


Thursday November 30 will welcome Latin reggae group John Welsh Band to the stage. A world-traveling group originating from Vancouver, Canada and Nigeria, Africa, their music synthesizes reggae, surf rock, West African, and Latin rhythms for a high-energy, vivacious live show with positive messages and catchy melodies. Performing in English and Spanish the group has garnered quite the fan-base and debuted their new album at #2 on iTunes Canada. “Instantly likeable with great stage presence and warmth.” commends Jeff Turner Entertainment Group.


The second half of the season continues on Saturday February 10, 2018 with the U.S.’s first live electro-swing band, Good Co. A six-piece group, they offer a fusion of swing music reminiscent of underground speakeasies balanced with electronic dance music of today. Dance beats combine with Gypsy jazz guitar riffs, a live horn section, and harmonica jams. “A fun, infectious collection of tunes shot through with perkiness that brings a smile to my face and lifts my heart. This is life affirming dance music.” praises Sepiachord.


Wednesday March 14, 2018 will celebrate an early St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish folk band Socks in the Frying Pan. They are an award-winning trio from County Clare, Ireland. Their virtuosic musical ability couples with onstage wit to captivate audiences worldwide. With an accordion, fiddle, and banjo the band seamlessly blends classic Irish melodies with their own personal flair, earning them accolades such as “New Band of the Year” by the Irish Music Association; they provide a truly unique form of entertainment.


The season will conclude Saturday April 28, 2018 with a trio of singer/songwriters, Lion Bear Fox. They deliver honest lyrics with passion accompanied by lush acoustic guitars and rich percussion. A musical force of nature, the trio has become known for their sincerity as composers as well as songwriters with a harmonious medley of blues, pop, and folk in dynamic arrangements. They have been described as an emotional awakening that is “sure to be around for a lifetime.” exclaims Terry David Mulligan.


All performances take place at Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St in Crescent City and begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:45 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 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.


Season tickets are also available at these locations until our second performance on November 30. 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 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 funded, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and 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.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

DNACA presents: Rhythm Future Quartet

Rhythm Future Quartet
The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) concludes its 34th Performance Series as it welcomes to the stage the acoustic Gypsy jazz ensemble Rhythm Future Quartet at 7:30 p.m. Wed. May 10, 2017 in the Crescent Elk Auditorium.
This dynamic foursome, named in honor of a Django Rheinhardt tune (widely known as one of the most iconic musicians and composers of the twentieth century), brings a straightforward agenda to the scene. Their mission is simply to keep the genre of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. Although their repertoire is heavily influenced by the Hot Club of France, their original compositions are contemporary and carry a broad appeal, drawing upon diverse rhythms and musical idioms.

Rhythm Future Quartet has released two albums to date. The band’s self-titled debut album revisited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, covering standard songs of the genre. Their current release, “Travels”, concentrates on originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional musical terrain. “Travels” reflects the group’s experiences and origins, drawing on their international influences as well as the knowledge garnered from touring. It has received critical acclaim and was chosen as one of the best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post.

The band is made up of four incredibly talented individuals. Violinist Jason Anick is an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award-winning guitarist John Jorgenson and Stevie Wonder. Olli Soikkeli is nicknamed “the Finnish boy wonder”. Recently moving to New York City he became a top call guitarist in the Brooklyn jazz scene and has performed alongside many gifted musicians including Cyrille Aimee, Stochelo Rosenberg, and Bucky Pizzarelli. Guitarist Max O’Rourke, a mere 19 years old, won the 2015 Saga Award from DjangoFest Northwest and has toured and recorded with Gypsy jazz legends John Jorgenson and Gonzalo Bergara. Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston and has played with such luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller, and George Garzone.


What sets Gypsy jazz apart? Its origins are in France in the 1930s. The lead instruments are guitar and violin, though clarinet, accordion, and mandolin are also common. The rhythm guitar is played in a distinctive percussive technique known as “la pompe”, essentially taking the place of drums. An acoustic sound defines the genre, even in amplified performances. As this season’s finale it is not a show to miss!

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2016-17 season they are: Caldwell & Sund Family Trust,  Lisé Hamilton, Chip & Kareen Kalvin, Bill & Kathy Maffett, Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund, Gene & Carol Schach, Tolowa Dee ni’ Nation, Wild Rivers Community Foundation, and in-kind support from Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate. DNACA is funded, in part, by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Tickets for individual performances are $20 for general admission and $12 for students (K-College, full time). Tickets are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply, in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing and Creative Arts, and at the door. For more information, call DNACA at (707) 464-1336 or email at dnaca@harborside.com.

Friday, March 17, 2017

DNACA presents: Women of the World

Women of the World


The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 34th Performance Series as it welcomes to the stage the quartet Women of the World at 7:30 p.m. Fri. March 17.

Women of the World was formed to bring women musicians from across the globe onto a common platform to collaborate and create through the sharing of music, to explore and celebrate the differences in ideologies and cultural tenets that exist in the daily lives of women all over the world. 

Ayumi Ueda, a Berklee College of Music alumna from Japan, sought to create a multicultural ensemble that not only crossed boundaries musically, but one that was also committed to the daily practice of peace in their daily interactions. Ayumi joined forces with like-minded vocal artists, Giorgia Renosto from Italy, Annette Philip from India, Débòrah Pierre from USA/Haiti, and percussionist Patrick Simard from Canada to manifest this vision. 

The group’s repertoire is vast; they have performed in 31 languages and continue adding more in order to expand their horizons. They draw upon the cultures they grew up in, each varying significantly from each other. The unique music they create stems from a cross-pollination of genres, rhythms, and sounds pulled from their differing lived experiences.

The ensemble created quite a stir in the musical community, receiving support from many renowned artists, including Grammy-award winning maestro Bobby McFerrin who describes them as “Beautiful. Spirited. Loving…Wonderful!”

Women of the World, themselves, have been recognized for their talent. They were 2014 Harmony Sweepstakes National champions, nominees for the 2013 Boston Music Awards, and nominees for the 2014 Independent Music Awards. They have shared the stage with Angelique Kidjo, the African vocal icon, and the Boston Pops Orchestra led by conductor Keith Lockhart. They have performed in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Blue Note Jazz Club, Boston Symphony Hall, the Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theater, and collaborated with the United Nations. We are pleased to be able to bring them to our community!

With only two performances left in the season, this is not one to miss! The season will end on May 10 with Rhythm Future Quartet, a Gypsy jazz band who is working passionately at keeping the idiom alive and expanding. They bring to the scene compelling arrangements that combine original compositions with classic Gyspsy jazz pieces.

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2016-17 season they are: Caldwell & Sund Family Trust, the Del Norte Area Fund, Lisé Hamilton, Chip & Kareen Kalvin, Bill & Kathy Maffett, Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund, Gene & Carol Schach, Tolowa Dee ni’ Nation, and in-kind support from Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate.


Tickets for individual performances are $20 for general and $12 for students (K-College, full time). Tickets are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply, in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing and Creative Arts, and at the door. For more information, call DNACA at (707) 464-1336 or email at dnaca@harborside.com.

Friday, January 27, 2017

DNACA presents: Solas

Solas
The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 34th Performance Series as it welcomes for the second time the aptly named Celtic band Solas (Gaelic meaning “light”) at 7:30 p.m. Sat. Feb. 11.
Previously taking the stage in 2008, this group was the hit of the season, drawing in 375 attendees. According to NPR’s Thistle & Shamrock, Solas is “Irish-America’s most influential band.” They first came on the scene in 1996 and instantly became a beacon for what the Irish-American music scene aspired to be.
For their performance this season the band is celebrating their 20th anniversary with a very special project released last year titled “All These Years.” It is an album that unites the music from their beginnings, including past members, with newly recorded originals including their newest member, dynamic vocalist Moira Smiley, who also plays banjo. Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan, who plays flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, and bodhran, and Winifred Horan, who provides violin as well as vocals, the group is rounded out by long-time members Eamon McElholm on guitars, keyboards, and vocals and Mick McAuley playing the button accordion and vocals.
Solas’ “All These Years” has been hailed by the New York Times for its “…unbridled vitality” and the Boston Globe has praised them as being “The finest Celtic ensemble this country has ever produced.”
Celtic music can be credited for the first modern large-scale mixing of musical traditions from multiple ethnic and religious communities. Celtic is a broad term used to describe music derived from the traditions of several different regions including Ireland and Scotland, which are the strongest connections to the long gone race of Celts. This heritage music transformed into a fusion during the colonial period and had great influence on American styles such as bluegrass, rock and roll, and country.
Solas is loved by so many because they are able to prove that Celtic music today is truly universal. They bring their own uniquely definable sound to ancient pieces, cover American classics with a twist of Celtic tradition, and of course compose fresh, original arrangements that forge the genre into the future.
With only two performances left in the season after Solas, audiences will be treated to a lovely variety. The next show is Women of the World, an A cappella quartet, on March 17. This group of women from different cultures with diverse backgrounds, musically and otherwise, will dazzle the audience by coming together to explore sounds, rhythms, and musical vocabulary.
The season will end on May 10 with Rhythm Future Quartet, a Gypsy jazz band who is working passionately at keeping the idiom alive and expanding. They bring to the scene compelling arrangements that combine original compositions with classic Gyspsy jazz pieces.
DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2016-17 season they are: Caldwell & Sund Family Trust, the Del Norte Area Fund, Lisé Hamilton, Chip & Kareen Kalvin, Bill & Kathy Maffett, Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund, Gene & Carol Schach, Tolowa Dee ni’ Nation, and in-kind support from Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate.
Tickets for individual performances are $20 for general and $12 for students (K-College, full time). Tickets are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply, in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing and Creative Arts, and at the door. For more information, call DNACA at (707) 464-1336 or email at dnaca@harborside.com.

Friday, November 18, 2016

DNACA presents: Taylor 2

The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 34th Performance Series as it welcomes Paul Taylor Dance Company’s Taylor 2, contemporary dance, at 7:30 p.m. Fri. Nov. 18 in the Crescent Elk Auditorium.

A first for DNACA and Crescent City, this small group of dancers travels the world to bring the impressive repertoire of the larger company, based in New York, New York, to a wider audience. Taylor 2 was established by Paul Taylor in 1993 to ensure that his works could be seen by audiences all over, unhindered by economic or technical limitations. 

Taylor 2 Dance Company 
The touring ensemble has had engagements in nearly 400 cities to date. They’ve brought the performances of one of modern dance’s leading choreographers to 46 states, several African countries, Asia, including celebrating India’s 50 years of independence, and more. Extensive residencies have been held in several U.S. cities, as well. 

The New York Times has revered "Taylor 2 is a kind of a miracle...All of the dancers are considerable talents [who] unite fearlessness with skill." Further praise from Mary Cargill of Dance View Times exclaims “The repertoire is one to make a Taylor fan salivate.” 

Taylor 2 has provided many dancers to Paul Taylor Dance Company and is a beautifully edited version of his choreography. The traveling outfit is half the size of the original with irresistible light and intimate creativity. While the group is on a much smaller scale than the larger company, it is in no way lacking in visual splendor. The six dancers provide the same energy, humor, and full range of emotions as is expected of Taylor’s work.

While here, Taylor 2 will provide a master class taught by a company member to dance students at Del Norte High School with teacher Katie Pena. The master class aims to present the Paul Taylor style as well as representative Taylor repertory in order for participants to encounter signature movements that have influenced modern dance as we know it. “Learning new dance styles and technique is something that we love here at DNHS Dance. It will be such a great opportunity for my students to work with Taylor 2 and to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of modern dance.”said Pena.



Other upcoming performances this season will provide spine-shivering entertainment. The next performance is  Feb. 11 with Solas, a dynamic Irish/American folk ensemble described by the Boston Globe as “The finest celtic ensemble this country has ever produced.” They are celebrating their 20th anniversary and introducing new vocalist Moira Smiley in addition to a new recording project. “All These years” will include tributes to their history as well as new material.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

DNACA presents: Huun Huur Tu

The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) will start its 34th Performance Series uncharacteristically early this year as it welcomes for the second time the Tuvan throat singers Huun Huur Tu at 7:30 p.m. Sat. Sept. 17, 2016.

Huun Huur Tu
Previously taking the stage in 2008, this group from Tuva was well-received and awe-inspiring. "They were so interesting and relaxing. How they make the sounds that they do is amazing. Like nothing else you will ever hear." said DNACA’s Treasurer, Stormy Dunsmore. “The kids at Crescent Elk were imitating throat singing all day after their inservice.” noted DNACA’s immediate past president Tricia Bruhns with regards to the educational demonstration Huun Huur Tu provided.

Traveling from Southern Siberia, they represent an important part of the musical culture of the region. The root of throat singing, or Khoomei, stems from the ancient pastoral belief that natural objects possess souls and that those objects’ spirituality can be identified in shape, location, and sound. 

Throat singing can be descirbed as human mimicry of nature’s sounds. Huun Huur Tu specializes in singing both the note and overtone, producing sounds that would have the earmarks of a flute, whistle, bird, the wind, water, or any other number of natural phenomena. More recently, the group has incorporated modern western instruments and electronic devices with their original compositions, creating a haunting mix that is sure to send shivers down your spine.

The open landscape of the territory of origin provides the ideal amplification for sounds to carry across the countryside and up the mountain. While Crescent Elk’s auditorium may not have the same ampitheatre-like qualities, Huun Huur Tu is more than capable of conveying the grace and soulfulness of this historic genre in any venue.

DNACA, of course, would not be able to bring such outstanding performers without the generous support of our underwriters. For our 2016-17 season they are: Caldwell & Sund Family Trust, the Del Norte Area Fund, Lisé Hamilton, Chip & Kareen Kalvin, Bill & Kathy Maffett, Physicians of Sutter Coast Hospital Fund, Gene & Carol Schach, Tolowa Dee ni’ Nation, and in-kind support from Bicoastal Media and the Del Norte Triplicate.

Tickets for individual performances are $20 for general and $12 for students (K-College, full time). Season tickets are encouraged for a discount per performance, especially for seniors as individual discount tickets are no longer available. They are $70 for general, $50 for seniors (65 years and up), $45 for students, and $150 for family and they are valid for all five performances and are transferable. Tickets are available in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply and the DNACA office and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing and Creative Arts. For more information, call DNACA at (707) 464-1336 or email at dnaca@harborside.com.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

DNACA presents: Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Songs with lines such as "someone's trying to steal my man," "oo papa do" and "walk right in, walk right out" will be performed when Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers take the stage on April 16, 2016 as the fifth and final performance of the 33rd season of the Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness.

Sultry chanteuse Smith evokes the era of glamorous jazz and blues divas, adding her own modern woman's twist.  Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Smith and her band are known to bake up an instant recipe for a good time. 
Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Smith, vocalist and bandleader of the Red Hot Skillet Lickers, grew up in southern California and the Philippines. She has a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith and Little Esther Phillips, and her stage persona is a cross between Marilyn Monroe and Bettie Page. 
The band first performed in 1989 and immediately began attracting crowds thanks to Lavay’s airy, bluesy voice and glamorous stage personality.  Since then, the band has become “a San Francisco Institution” according to Fox TV.  In 1998, the  subscribers of the San Francisco Chronicle and the Examiner voted Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers the “best band” in their annual readers' poll.

In addition to Smith's vocals, the 8-piece lineup includes piano, bass, drums, trumpet, trombone, and tenor and alto saxophone.  Her band members have performed and recorded with Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Jay McShann, Johnny Otis, Wynton Marsalis, Big Joe Turner, Ray Charles, Big Mama Thornton, Taj Mahal and Little Esther Phillips, to name a few.

“Outstanding...the real deal.  Unlike some retro-swing outfits that put posturing above musicianship, Smith and her red hot musicians are schooled in the nuances of blues, swing, and hop,” wrote the East Bay Express.  "Lush, stylish phrasing, first rate soloists," noted the Los Angeles Times.

Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in Crescent Elk Auditorium.  Tickets to the concert cost $20 general, $15 for seniors 65 and over, $12 for students K-college, full-time and are available at Del Norte Office Supply, Wright's Custom Framing in Brookings, and at the door.  For more information, call DNACA at (707) 464-1336 or visit dnaca.net.