I took my three sons and 13-year-old niece to see the Oakland based Audiopharmacy last night at Crescent Elk Auditorium and left with a feeling of hope. Art does that to us. One of its many gifts is that it tells us that we are not alone in the human condition. My niece echoed these emotions.

I want to thank DNACA for being brave enough to invite Audiopharmacy to a place that might not understand their musical approach or the message they share. But I do. And so do most of the people I associate with. I attended DNACA shows in 2012 and 2013 and was amazed at the variety and talent, most artists I’d never heard with impressive style and methods. But this was the first DNACA show where I felt my voice, my pain, my experience in the infused and roots-based music, lyrics, and style.

They write about social change, about indigenous issues, and indigenous solutions. Not only was Audiopharmacy one of the first of its kind to join us as a DNACA guest, but through the efforts of both, Audiopharmacy also volunteered to play for students at Margaret Keating School in Klamath the morning of their show.

Some of our kids have never seen live music, let alone live music that directly reflected their lives. Audiopharmacy fulfilled their namesake: they were indeed sound or “musical medicine” for our school and community. As a Native parent, educator, and community member, I urge DNACA to keep searching for artists who inspire the many different people and experiences that shape our community. That would be a blessing for us all.

Chrystal Helton