Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is pleased to announce its 2016 performance schedule – a diverse and compelling lineup for DCA’s landmark 25th anniversary season.
“I’m pleased with the quality and variety of this season’s lineup,” says DCA Executive Director Cari Lewis. “We have a handful of fresh up-and-comers and a handful of beloved and timeless artists. We’ve been pretty ambitious with our roots, cultural, and arts education aspects of the season, too. I think a vibrant mix is always important, but especially as we celebrate our 25th anniversary season.”
DCA kicks off the season June 16 with a presentation of Wisconsin Public Television’s “Hometown Stories.” After that, the season is off and running, with ’70s rock icons Three Dog Night on June 17 and a double bill of young mandolinist Sierra Hull and Minnesota string band Pert Near Sandstone on June 29. July begins with ’60s stars Gary Lewis and The Playboys (July 1), then genre-defying singer-songwriter Ben Folds (July 7). July 11 brings young roots phenom Sarah Jarosz, followed by string wizards Bela Fleck and Chris Thile on July 13.
On July 20, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band returns to DCA by popular demand with their trademark blend of blues, folk and rock, followed by a screening of Door County sci-fi flick The Emissary on July 16. Next come roots icons Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (July 28) and ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro (July 31). Aug. 14 brings comedy improvisation by Jim Belushi and The Chicago Board of Comedy.
Fall 2016 will see throat singing from Alash Tuvan Ensemble (Sept. 11), “transcendental folk” from Elephant Revival and old-time harmonies from Mandolin Orange (Sept. 18), DCA’s 25th anniversary bash (Sept. 23), and roots legends Del McCoury and David Grisman (“Del & Dawg,” Oct. 22).
Winter will begin with a three-day Winter Blues Fest Nov. 3-5, which will include a screening of the blues documentary Take Me to the River, a concert by blues organist Booker T. Jones, and a performance by blues harmonica great Charlie Musselwhite with North Mississippi AllStars. The winter will also bring a cappella Christmas music from Rockapella (Nov. 26), Play it Forward for the Holidays (Dec. 17), dance ensemble Step Afrika! (Jan. 18-20), Adonis Puentes & The Voice of Cuba Orchestra (Feb. 17), and DCA’s popular annual winter lecture/concert/film series.
Tickets go on sale to the general public May 17. Special ticket pre-sales for DCA VIPs begin May 10. Sponsors are still needed for many of this season’s shows. DCA is also seeking volunteers for many performances this season.
For more information, call 920.868.2728, visit dcauditorium.org, or stop by the DCA box office at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek between 12 – 5 pm, Monday to Friday.