By Stephanie Wenning / Special for the Triplicate

Th e Del Norte Association for Cultural Awareness (DNACA) premieres its 36th Performance Series at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 13 in Crescent Elk Auditorium at 994 G St with Molly Tuttle delivering award-winning bluegrass.

An effervescent bluegrass guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist, Molly Tuttle has earned several accolades, especially impressive considering her age of just 25 years. She is pushing boundaries with her charming originality, dulcet voice, and gifted guitar-picking. Among the many awards she has received are: 2017 Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Association (the first woman to ever be nominated), Whippoorwill Arts/FreshGrass Foundation Emerging Artist Award, Song of the Year from Folk Alliance International’s 2018 International Folk Music Awards for “You Didn’t Call My Name,” and Americana Award’s 2018 Instrumentalist of the Year.

Each of her original songs on her debut EP, “Rise,” reels the audience in. Even though her “astoundingly fleet flat-picking guitar,” as described by Paul Zollo of “American Songwriter Magazine,” would be ample to bewitch any bluegrass fan, Molly’s talent further mesmerizes listeners with her evocative and candid lyrics. Molly has said that her identity as a guitarist and vocalist influences how she writes; writing songs inspires different things on her six-string acoustic guitar and vice versa. Attendees will be treated to music that elicits feelings of longing, nostalgia, and transition alongside trust and self-assuredness.

Molly was also featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville in April 2018 and recently received six nominations for the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards, including: Guitar Player of the Year (the only female nominee), Song of the Year for “You Didn’t Call My Name,” Album of the Year for “Rise,” Emerging Artist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, and Recorded Event of the Year for a collaboration on “Swept Away” with Missy Raines, Alison Brown, Becky Buller, and Sierra Hull.

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 or online at www.eventbrite.com. Tickets will also be available at the door, which opens at 6:15 p.m. 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 still available at these locations through November 17, providing discounted admission to all five concerts of the season. General season tickets are $70, seniors are $55, students are $45, and family (two general and two other) are $160. Season tickets are transferable and replaceable if lost.

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 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.

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