By Stephanie Wenning / Special for The Triplicate

The Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) is pleased to announce its 36th Performance Series. The 2018-19 season received a great deal of input from community members thanks to surveys distributed online and the results of these surveys shaped what the series has in store.

The season will open Oct. 13 with Molly Tuttle, an effervescent bluegrass guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist. Earning accolades such as Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Association in 2017, Song of the Year from Folk Alliance International’s 2018 International Folk Music Awards, being featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, and a nomination as Americana Award’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year she is pushing boundaries with her charming originality, dulcet voice, and gifted guitar-picking.

Nov. 17 will welcome Seffarine, an ensemble whose repertoire spans from Moorish Spain to the Sahara. With members of diverse musical and cultural backgrounds contributing a wide array of instruments layered with lilting vocals, their range is a blend of ancient and modern, from traditional Arabic and Andalusian pieces to original compositions influenced by Spanish flamenco, Persian classical, and American Jazz. “This enchanting album deserves international attention,” praises Brett Campbell of “Oregon ArtsWatch,” referencing their release “De Fez a Jerez.”

A free-of-charge public outreach activity will be taught by members of Seffarine that afternoon at the Del Norte County Library at 190 Price Mall in Crescent City. Their program is fun, hands-on, and interactive. Participants will get involved with musical communication across cultures and traditions with instruments from foreign regions. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to better understand musical influences across continents.

The season continues on Jan. 31 with the indigenous reggae band Audiopharmacy. The group combines conscious world hip-hop, soulful poetics, and technical lyricism with global music genres, live instrumentation, turntables, and electronics. For 17 years, the band has used its musical platform to cultivate healing, unity, and harmony. In March 2013, they were awarded a mayoral proclamation from the city and county of San Francisco for artistic excellence, the promotion of cross-cultural understanding abroad, and representing the values of the Bay Area. While in Del Norte County, they will lead an educational outreach for the students of Margaret Keating Elementary School.

Ímar, the Celtic five-piece band based in Glasgow, Scotland, will bring St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to the stage on March 15. Collectively, they hold an impressive haul of awards — nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles between them. They share a strong background in traditional Irish folk that lays the foundation of their instrumentation and musical components, which center on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland, and the Isle of Man, often gravitating to slides and polkas. “The Scotsman” lauds their live performance as “genuinely jaw-dropping collective virtuosity.”

The season will conclude May 2 with a trio of singer/songwriters, The Sweet Remains. They have a wide appeal to fans of both modern folk-rockers and the supergroups of the 60s and 70s. “It’s been a long time since three-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs as melodically gorgeous as these,” exclaims the Boston Herald. Their music frequently makes appearances in film and TV, including “The Independents,” a musical comedy written by and starring them.

All performances take place at Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St., Crescent City, and begin at the new start time of 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:15 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, 240 I St., and in Brookings at Wright’s Custom Framing at 810 Chetco Ave., for cash or check only. Tickets are also available at and 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. While cash is still preferred for the purchase of artists’ merchandise, cards will now be accepted.

Season tickets are also available at these locations until our second performance on Nov. 17. 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 2018-19 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. Learn more at DNACA is also supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Seffarine’s performance and outreach activity are made possible by WESTAF, the Western Arts Federation.

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.