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DNACA announces performance lineup for its 40th anniversary
(Crescent City, CA) The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) is proud to announce its 40th anniversary performance series. This season five top acts in different styles will be presented by national and international artists.
“Although part of the 2019-20 season and the entire 2020-21 season have been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are excited to continue our 40th anniversary season this year,” said DNACA Managing Director Stephanie La Torre. “The community has supported DNACA for over 40 years, and we are grateful that we can show our appreciation by presenting these truly outstanding achievements.”
The season opens on Saturday, October 9th, 2021 with legendary blues and soul artist Curtis Salgado. Salgado was the original inspiration for The Blues Brothers, and NPR calls him “an icon” with “a huge voice”. As an award-winning singer, instrumentalist and songwriter, Curtis Salgado is known worldwide for his ability to bring every ounce of soul out of every song he performs. Salgado is famous for its powerful live shows and has won nine Blues Music Awards, including the BB King Entertainer of The Year. Billboard says Salgado’s music is “inspired and powerful”.
Friday, February 11, 2022 DNACA welcomes Okaidja Afroso on stage. Okaidja was born in Ghana into a family of musicians and storytellers. He began his career as a dancer with the renowned Ghana Dance Ensemble; but as he toured internationally, Okaidja expanded his artistic reach. Today he tours as a master singer, guitarist, percussionist, storyteller and dancer. He brings soulful music that takes a journey from the traditional songs of his youth in Ghana to the influences of international collaborators, always striving to embody the human experience. While he is here, Okaidja will be presenting a program of Ghanaian music and dance to local elementary school students.
On Friday, March 11th, 2022 Sundae + Mr. Goessl will bring their vintage charm to our community. Her act includes jazz, pop, Americana, country, charm, fashion, comedy and variety – with awards and distinctions on top of that. Sundae + Mr. Goessl consists of the award-winning singer Kate Voss (Earshot Magazine’s Singer of the Year, two-time Seattle-Kobe Vocal Jazz Princess) and the virtuoso guitarist Jason Goessl, who works with jazz greats like saxophonist Michel Brecker and guitarist Charlie. Byrd played. Sundae often surprises audiences with a melodica solo and JazzTimes says, “Your voice meets the authenticity of this era.” This adorable duo will also be offering a music class to our local students while they are here.
Friday, April 8th, 2022 Los Tangueros del Oeste will adorn the stage with their Nuevo Tango style. The group focuses on original compositions by group founder Sascha Jacobsen (who was last seen by the DNACA audience with the group Barrio Manouche in 2020) and combines beats and textures from hip-hop and electronica with flamenco influences to create a sound who is both cool and passionate, seductive and absolutely dance-like. With tango world champions Maxi Copello and Raquel Makow on the show, Los Tangueros have created a unique and captivating performance experience for the modern audience. In our area, Los Tangueros will be teaching master classes in tango music and dance for local students.
The season ends on Saturday, May 14th 2022, with Sarah Hagen in her original project âPerk Up, Pianist!â. Hagen is an accomplished, passionate pianist with awards such as Musician of the Year and Best Classical Performance. This critically acclaimed one-woman “sit-down comedy” project tells the story of a touring classical musician who remains optimistic despite challenging and ridiculous situations. The performance includes funny comic reliefs on breathtaking classical piano compositions.
This season, DNACA is also partnering with the Tolowa Dee-Ni ‘Nation and Lucky 7 Casino to present three of their concerts at the Tolowa Event Center in Smith River.
âThe first three concerts will take place in the Tolowa Event Center,â says La Torre. âIt is a beautiful venue and we are excited to be hosting concerts at this location. The support we have received from the Tolowa Dee-Ni ‘Nation and Lucky 7 Casino really shows their commitment to our community. âThe venue offers DNACA resources such as separate dressing areas and bathrooms for artists and an on-site restaurant for concert-goers. Other resources include COVID precautions like an in-depth disinfection program and flexible seating arrangements to create more space between seats and audience groups.
âThe last two concerts of the season will take place in the Crescent Elk Auditorium in Crescent City. The auditorium will be extensively renovated and it will be the perfect place for our tango concert with the dancers on stage and for Sarah Hagen’s concert, as there is a beautiful piano for her, âsays La Torre.
Season tickets are available and offer a substantial discount for all five performances. General season tickets are $ 80, seniors (65 and over) are $ 70, students (K full-time college) are $ 60, and family passes (two general and two students) are $ 200. For individual shows, general tickets are $ 20, senior tickets are $ 18, and students are $ 15.
Season passes and individual show tickets are available online at dnaca.eventbrite.com, in Crescent City at Del Norte Office Supply at 240 I Street, in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing at 810 Chetco Avenue, and at the box office.
DNACA would be without the generous support of program insurers Patty Brunsing, Caldwell Clan Fund, LisÃ© Hamilton, Lucky 7 Casino, Bill and Kathy Maffett, Moore Heating and Air, Nick and Lisa Rail Music Fund, Michael and. unable to present such excellence to Jennifer Schmidt and Bob and Diane Weir. DNACA’s donor in kind is Bicoastal Media. DNACA is funded in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The performance and engagement activities of Okaidja Afroso and Los Tangueros del Oeste are made possible by TourWest, a program of WESTAF, the Western States Arts Federation.
More information is available at www.dnaca.net. You can also contact 707-464-1336 or [email protected] On Facebook @DNACACC you can find links to the artists’ websites, music videos and event updates.