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.

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.