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Angel Olsen, Molly Tuttle, Lyle Lovett Among Star-studded 2024 Auditorium Slate

Door Community Auditorium (DCA) announced its 2024-25 performance schedule to a crowd of around 200 at an April 18 season-preview party, and then to the general public on April 26. 

“I don’t remember us ever having this many recent Grammy winners in the lineup – this might be a record,” DCA executive director Cari Lewis said. “There’s something for everyone: comedy, dance, soul, family programming, a little nostalgia, a good amount of harmony and Americana, and some world-class regional talent, too.”

The Fish Creek performance venue will kick off the season with a show by Australian rockers Little River Band on June 19. They’ll be followed up on June 27 by roots-inspired songwriters Watchhouse (formerly Mandolin Orange) with special guest Charlie Parr, a Minnesota troubadour. An evening with renowned bluegrass player Sam Bush on June 30 will finish out June.

Guitarist/songwriter phenom Molly Tuttle will take the stage July 2, followed by “family funk” band Secret Agent 23 Skidoo on July 8 and country-blues-gospel outfit The Wood Brothers on July 14. 

Then Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will return by popular demand July 20 before Southern soul-rockers JJ Grey and Mofro enjoy the spotlight on July 24.

A triple-bill show on July 28 will feature The Drifters, The Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, presenting a nostalgic evening of hits.  

The Drifters, The Platters, and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters. Photo from the bands’ Facebook page.

Acclaimed songwriters Eilen Jewell and Chris Smither will close out the month of music on July 30. 

Ricky Skaggs, a 15-time Grammy-winning mandolin-picker, will appear with his band Kentucky Thunder on Aug. 2, before a set by ascendant folk/R&B/classical duo SistaStrings on Aug. 4. Summer’s end will bring in the legendary Graham Nash for an Aug. 18 show.

DCA will keep going strong in the fall, starting with a to-be-announced alternative/indie/reggae concert on Sept. 7. Next comes Alash Tuvan Ensemble, a throat-singing band from Tuva, Russia on Sept. 13, and Americana songwriter Angel Olson on Sept. 20. 

Jumaane Taylor’s Supreme Love, a co-production with Door Kinetic Arts Festival, will be performed on Sept. 22. Taking the stage next is neo-soul iconoclast Meshell Ndegeocello on Sept. 29 and poet laureate Joy Harjo with her band on Oct. 4. 

In late October, DCA plans to host its second-annual Blues, Roots and Hoots Festival. The fest will feature jazz and tap dance in Some Enchanted Evening on Oct. 24; improv comedy from Tim Meadows, Matt Walsh and Friends on Oct. 25; an encore performance of Door County and Memphis Voices: Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Beyond on Oct. 26; and folk-jazz chanteuse Madeleine Peyroux on Oct. 27.

Angel Olsen. Submitted.

Later in the year, DCA will present two holiday shows. First up is A Ketchup Christmas, featuring Door County’s own band Ketchup performing Booker T. and the M.G.’s In the Christmas Spirit on Nov. 30. The festive fun will continue with Colin Welford and Friends’ Songs that Sleigh on Dec. 14. 

Programming will carry on into 2025 with performances by Afro-jazz circus Cirque Kalabanté on Jan. 26; Spanish-English kids’ duo 123 Andrés on Feb. 28; and the return of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo on April 4.

“On the heels of our record-breaking number of sellouts last season, DCA certainly isn’t resting on our laurels,” Lewis said.

DCA also hosts a variety of community concerts throughout the season, as well as the first-rate classical music of Peninsula Music Festival in August. 

Tickets go on sale to the general public May 14. Special ticket pre-sales for DCA VIPs begin May 7. For more information on becoming a VIP by joining the Auditorium Society, visit dcauditorium.org

Audience members who plan to attend multiple shows may be interested in becoming season subscribers. Subscribers receive VIP ticket processing and save 10 percent on tickets for all events throughout the season.

Volunteers and sponsors are still needed for many of this season’s shows. Sponsors can choose from a variety of sponsorship packages and can sometimes meet performers backstage after the show.

For more information about DCA’s season, call 920.868.2728, visit www.dcauditorium.org or stop by the DCA box office. The box office is located at 3926 Hwy 42 in Fish Creek and is open Monday – Friday, 12-5 pm.