By Stephanie Wenning / Special for The Triplicate

DNACA 35th performance series lineup

Oct. 21: Suburban Showgirl, all-ages one-woman show about life and how to dance it

Nov. 30: John Welsh Band, Latin reggae group with members from Canada and Nigeria

Feb. 10: Good Co., the U.S.’s first live electro-swing band

March 14: Socks in the Frying Pan, Irish folk band from County Clare, Ireland

April 28: Lion Bear Fox, a trio of singer-songwriters

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.

Suburban Showgirl

The season will open on Saturday, Oct. 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.

John Welsh Band

Thursday, Nov. 30 will welcome Latin reggae group John Welsh Band to the stage. A world-traveling group originating from Vancouver, Canada, and Nigeria. 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 No. 2 on iTunes Canada. “Instantly likeable with great stage presence and warmth,” commends Jeff Turner Entertainment Group.

Good Co.

The second half of the season continues on Saturday, Feb. 10 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.

Socks in the Frying Pan

Wednesday, March 14 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.

Lion Bear Fox

The season will conclude Saturday, April 28 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.

Ticket information

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 Nov. 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, Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation. Underwriters who are a part of Wild Rivers Community Foundation are: Caldwell and Sund Family Trust, Del Norte Area Fund, 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 . Find us on Facebook @DNACACC for links to the artists’ websites, music videos, and event updates.