Thursday, February 1, 2018

DNACA presents: Good Co., electro-swing




The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 35th Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday February 10 in Crescent Elk Auditorium with the US’s first live electro-swing band, Good Co. Based in Seattle, WA, the six-piece ensemble has toured extensively, headlining various festivals, conventions, and burlesque performances while bringing that “new old” sound throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

The group’s influences include bands such as Parov Stelar and Caravan Palace. The genre originated in the discotheques of Europe, blending today’s electronic dance music with guitar riffs and harmonica jams of the speakeasy era. Evoking jitterbugging flappers, they turn musical samples from the past on their heads by punctuating the classic live horn section with funky dance beats. Good Co. performances frequently include beatboxing, onstage dance parties, and crowd singalongs; don’t expect to sit still at the show.

The band consists of six diversely and immensely talented musicians. Carey Rayburn, the bandleader who provides vocals and plays trumpet, received his Bachelor of Art in Trumpet Performance from the University of Washington before going on to assemble Good Co. in pursuit of bringing his favorite genre to the states. On top of managing the band he also runs a trumpet studio as a freelance performer and composer.

Sasha Nollman studied jazz performance and comparative religion at Colorado College before returning to the Pacific Northwest to receive her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Social Work; in addition to providing vocals for the group she works in the nonprofit sector of Seattle with a passion for marine life.

Ben Verdier, the band’s elder statesmen along with bassist and pianist, earned his degree in Computer Science at Stanford while studying jazz performance, music theory, and composition. He also teaches and arranges privately.

Peter Daniel, providing brass for the group, received his Physics degree from Gonzaga. Fortunately for Good Co. (and us, the audience) he spends his time now exploring the relationship between funky jams and dancing crowds while touring with several groups including: Common Market, ODESZA, and Father John Misty. He also manages his own band, 45th Street Brass.

Joseph Eck, drummer, received his Bachelor of Art in Percussion from Cornish College of the Arts; being an in-demand performer, he plays for several different bands in many genres from newgrass to metal to salsa.

Jake Sele, playing keyboard and trombone for the group, earned his Bachelor of Art in Piano Performance from Cornish College of the Arts; as an established musician in Seattle he performs with a wide variety of bands as well as arranging for musicals, ensembles, and orchestras. He also leads his own group, Spontaneous Rex, described as “epic and full of surprises.”

Good Co. receives rave reviews everywhere they go. “The world is leaving an era of digital harshness with predictable arrangements and moving into a time when groups like Good Co. will thrive on the strength of their unique take, organic sounds, and studio savvy.” exclaims Christian Knudsen, president of K&W Publishing. RockisRock Blog asserts “Music definitely needs more acts willing to experiment like this.”

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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

DNACA presents: John Welsh Band


The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 35th Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday November 30 with the Latin and West African-channeled group John Welsh Band, skillfully blending surf rock, folk, and reggae in order to bring world music to a mainstream audience.


The group’s beginnings trace back to when they were performing locally in Vancouver, British Columbia. They then recorded and released the EP and music video “On the Road,” garnering them wider popularity and landing them on the top 50 for Canada’s national Earshot! Charts.

The band consists of five diversely talented musicians. John Welsh, the founder and namesake, was inspired by his years of world travel and soaking up the music, language, and culture of the many countries he spent time in. His brother Chris, the bassist, and he had been playing in various bands for several years when they met Nigerian-born Courage Eigbike who brought his reggae and West African-influenced sound to the ensemble. After beginning to play venues and festivals across western Canada, the trio then rounded out their sound by adding drummer Nathan Larsen and lead guitarist Devin Modugno.

The band, new as they are, have already become acclaimed by critics and fans alike. They received a Fraser Valley Music Award and were named one of Vancouver’s Best Bands of 2016. This past April, they released the video for their lead single “Sayulita” on Facebook; it surpassed a million views by the release of their most recent album, “Vamonos Mi Chica,” on May 12. It debuted at #2 on the iTunes Canada World Music Charts. Canadian Beats Media applauded them, saying “There is not a single genre that the group sticks to…the most common aspects that the songs have are strong song-writing [of] feel-good songs.”

John Welsh Band performs in both English and Spanish. Their live shows emphasize crowd participation, upbeat rhythms, and singalong choruses while carrying high energy throughout. Spreading positive messages and infectious melodies, they gain new fans at each performance they put on. They are sure to provide a memorable, jovial evening.

That morning, the musicians will also be leading an outreach activity for students at Joe Hamilton Elementary School. A workshop titled “Canciones y Ritmos en Español” will introduce participants to fun, easy, and popular songs in Spanish with a mix of styles drawing from traditional and contemporary Latin American tunes. Percussionists Eigbike and Larsen will accompany Welsh with instruments such as the cajon, guiro, maracas, and congas while describing some classic Latin American beats created with them.

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.

Season tickets are also available at these locations. They still provide a discount to attend the remaining four 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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

DNACA Presents: Suburban Showgirl

The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) opens its 35th Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday October 21 with a one-woman musical comedy titled Suburban Showgirl, an all-ages show about life…and how to dance it.


 Written and performed by Palmer Davis, a former Radio City Rockette and accomplished singer and actress, she is critically acclaimed for her virtuoso dancing and character work, “…perfectly conveying the trials and tribulations of love, loss, longing for the perfect.” lauds The Examiner. With roles on “CSI Las Vegas,” “Secret Life of the American Teenager,” “Castle,” “Rent,” and “What Women Want” (to name a few) as well as dance appearances on The Emmys and the Academy Awards, Davis is sure to impress.

A Broadway-caliber musical composed and arranged by Ross Källing and directed by Cate Caplin, it will leave the audience mesmerized, energized, and inspired. Källing is an award-winning pianist and musical director with a long list of credits, whose score for this show is hauntingly beautiful. Caplin is a talented director and choreographer with over 30 Dance Championships to her name who adds finesse to Davis’ original work.

 Davis sets a new standard for dancers and solo shows, playing over 18 characters to bring the audience into the world of Wendy Walker, a former Broadway performer turned magician’s assistant due to unfortunate circumstances. This dramatic musical comedy is hilarious and heartwarming, being described as “Turning Point” meets “Fame,” with pure expressions of pain through movement and consistent bursts of funny vignettes.

 The day before the public performance, Davis will be teaching a master class at Del Norte High School for Katie Peña’s advanced dance class. Davis calls her workshop “Dansolution—Freedom Through Dance,” developed as a therapeutic approach to dance tailored simply for the joy of dance and expression. The 2-hour workshop is geared for students to break down emotional, vocal, and physical barriers; it leaves students with a stronger sense of self-awareness, confidence, and teamwork.

 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. 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’ website    

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.