The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) continues its 35th Performance Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 with the Latin and West African-channeled group John Welsh Band.
The band is known for skillfully blending surf rock, folk, and reggae 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 where he spent time. His brother and bassist Chris 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, the group released a video for their lead single “Sayulita” on Facebook; it surpassed one million views by the release of their most recent album, “Vamonos Mi Chica,” on May 12. It debuted at number two 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.
The morning of their concert, 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, 240 I St., and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing, 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 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.