Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
2017 marks the 47th anniversary of America, the perennial favorite rock band that exploded onto the music scene in 1971 with the hit song “A Horse with No Name.” Founding band members Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell met in their London high school in the late 1960s and quickly made their way to the top of the charts on the strength of their memorable tunes and signature harmonies. Following the success of their first number-one single, America became a global household name with an impressive string of hits, including “Ventura Highway” and “Sister Golden Hair.” More than 40 years later, these friends are still making music together, touring the world, and thrilling audiences with their timeless sound.
Al Johnson’s Restaurant & Butik, The Doerr Family, Lori & David Nicholas
Date: Thursday, July 6, 2017
Michael Franti & Spearhead have made a name for themselves well beyond their Bay Area roots with their potent hybrid of hip-hop, rock, folk, and reggae. Their latest album, “Soulrocker,” is a collection of deeply impassioned, danceable music. Franti couches his gutsy, candid lyrics in bright synthesizers, cascading guitars, and intense beats, channeling frustration and worry into music that’s both thought-provoking and triumphantly hopeful. Rolling Stone says, “Such is Franti’s unyielding belief in the power of music and message, it’s hard not to believe him.”
The Doerr Family, Peninsula Pulse
Date: Saturday, July 1, 2017
For the past quarter-century, Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, drawing deeply from the wells of rock, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz, and blues. They are the direct descendants of bands like New Grass Revival, Grateful Dead, and The Band, playing music that reflects the Appalachian hills, the streets of New Orleans, the clubs of Chicago, the plains of Texas, and the mountains of Colorado. Joining Leftover Salmon at DCA are The Secret Sisters. Real-life sisters Lydia and Laura Rogers grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and have spent a lifetime perfecting their impossibly tight harmonies and unmistakably authentic sound. Barely in their twenties and already building a national reputation, The Secret Sisters sing in a way that’s “true like a river current” (NPR).
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
This feature film set in Door County tells the story of a young woman returning home for her best friend’s wedding, which happens to coincide with the one-year anniversary of her father’s death. Created by Rebecca Weaver and Chris Irwin of Silver Leaf Films, the film features Door County actors Nick Hoover, Claire Morkin, Joanna Becker, and Evan Board, as well as music from Eric Lewis and Katie Dahl. Released in 2016, “June Falling Down” has been warmly received on the film festival circuit, including an award for Best American Independent Feature at the Sonoma International Film Festival.
Date: Monday, June 26, 2017
Ray Benson founded the pioneering Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel in West Virginia over 40 years ago. Now an eight-piece band based in Austin, Asleep at the Wheel has accumulated nine Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts—over 1.5 million records sold in all. Fellow Texan and honky-tonker Dale Watson teamed up with Benson this past year to record “Dale and Ray,” a duets album that celebrates two of country music’s biggest mavericks. Performing together, Asleep at the Wheel and Dale Watson pay tribute to the rollicking juke joints that introduced them to audiences—and each other—in the first place.
Date: Monday, June 19, 2017
Plus, Dance Workshops on Saturday, June 17
Lucky Plush Productions is an ensemble dance-theater company based in Chicago, led by founder and artistic director Julia Rhoads. The company is committed to provoking and supporting an immediacy of presence—a palpable live-ness—shared by performers in real time with audiences. A unique hybrid of high-level dance and theater, Lucky Plush’s work is recognized for its layered choreography, nuanced dialogue, surprising humor, and socially relevant content. Lucky Plush Productions is the first and only dance company to receive the prestigious MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, a recognition of the company’s exceptional creativity and impact.
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Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Memphis multi-instrumentalist Eric Lewis is arguably the most popular Tennessean on the Door County music scene, regularly packing houses on the peninsula (and across the country) with his red-hot guitar picking skills. On June 15, Lewis will take to the DCA stage to officially release his new album, “Before the Last Time.” He will be joined by some of his most talented Memphis and Nashville colleagues, including Paul Taylor, Robby Turner (who’s played with Waylon Jennings and Chris Stapleton), Rory Hoffman (who’s played with Kathy Mattea and Kacey Musgraves), and Leroy and Charles Hodges (who have accompanied Al Green, Ann Peebles, and Robert Cray).
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