“The Art of Music” Brings Healthy and Upbeat Winter Entertainment

With an ear to the health benefits of art, Door County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) is sponsoring the Art of Music Winter Concert Series, which continues through May 2.

The concerts bring to the Door Peninsula national singers and songwriters performing music of all genres: folk, blues, jazz, Celtic, country and rock. The shows are being produced by Dragonfly Agency at the Ladder House (also a sponsor) on Third Ave. in Sturgeon Bay.

Offering the shows to the community and hospital employees during winter and early spring is a way DCMH, a part of Ministry Health Care, supports holistic health and stays connected with its artistic community, according to Jennifer Fischer, director of the hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Health Center.

“This series of concerts is under an umbrella we call the ‘Art for Health,’” 
 Fischer said.

The live acoustic music concerts begin at 7:30 pm Fridays in the Ladder House’s upper-level music room, which will be lighted by candles. The ticket price of $10 (hospital employees are asked to display their badges) includes a free drink ticket and seating at tables in a non-smoking environment.

The diverse line-up features Green Tea, a high-energy Celtic Irish group, coming to the peninsula Feb. 8. The Wisconsin group, which has performed at venues including Milwaukee Irish Fest and Iowa Irish Fest, is known for driving dance rhythms, world-beat jams and heartfelt ballads, Lundahl said.

Next up on Feb. 15 is Ember Swift, a performing artist who hails from Canada. Together with Lyndell Montgomery, he has brought politically charged music to stages across Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

Then, on March 14, musicians Bill Camplin, Dorothy Scott and friends pay tribute, through their diverse musical repertoires, to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Nina Samone and Jeff Buckley.

On April 11, Joe Price’s electrifying sound will be heard in the music room. He is reportedly a “blues musician who really speaks the blues yet seems truly happy with his life.” A member of the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame, he has been playing the blues throughout the country for about 35 years, collaborating with wife Vicki for 25 of those years.

The Art of Music Winter Concert Series comes to a close May 2 when Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman take the stage. This duo has the power to sound like a full band, reviewers have stated. Savoca composes and records on a variety of instruments but opts for voice and drum in live shows, while Heitzman’s guitar work is central to their signature sound, according to research by Lundahl.

Advance concert tickets are not available, but people may make a reservation by calling 920.493.5979.