Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is pleased to announce its 2018 performance schedule, featuring an eclectic and exciting array of performers, including well-known musical veterans, cutting-edge rising stars, and beloved Door County favorites.
DCA Executive Director Cari Lewis says, “Last season, we were thrilled to set a new record for sold-out events. The members of our program committee and I think that the 2018 season has an excellent chance of beating last year’s attendance records. If there are some shows you’re interested in, I would recommend getting your tickets early.”
DCA kicks off the 2018 season with a bang with a performance by legendary pop stars The Beach Boys (June 9), followed by New Orleans bandleader and horn blower Trombone Shorty, performing with his band Orleans Avenue (June 14). Gifted young songwriter Margo Price takes the stage on June 15, followed by acclaimed storytelling blues artist Keb’ Mo’ on June 21
Iconic blues guitarist Buddy Guy comes to DCA July 7, followed by up-and-coming indie folk quartet Darlingside on July 10. Cult favorite rock band Blues Traveler will appear July 17, followed July 21 by Canadian rock luminaries The Guess Who (“American Woman”). Closing out the month are country/R&B crooner Ronnie Milsap on July 28 and folk songwriter/guitarist Shawn Colvin (“Sunny Came Home”) on July 30.
On August 3, Ladysmith Black Mambazo takes the stage with their trademark joyful South African a cappella. On August 12, pioneering Americana band Son Volt will share a double bill with old-time jazz/ragtime picker Pokey LaFarge.
September will see acclaimed folk-pop songwriter Dar Williams on September 17 (local favorite Katie Dahl opens) and driving bluegrass guitarist Billy Strings on September 30 (Michigan singer/songwriter Lindsay Lou opens). On October 14, celebrated folk trio The Kingston Trio comes to town. And November will feature DCA’s third annual Blues and Roots Fest, featuring Phil Cook and The Music Maker Blues Revue (November 1), Paul Thorn (November 2), and a still-to-be-announced headliner (November 3).
DCA is also pleased to welcome two long-term partners back for multi-week residencies. In August, DCA once again hosts the first-rate classical music of Peninsula Music Festival (August 7-25). And in the fall, Northern Sky Theater returns to DCA’s stage, this year presenting the musical comedy “Muskie Love” (August 31-October 20). DCA also hosts a variety of community concerts throughout the season.
Winter will feature a broad range of programming, including swinging holiday tunes from Big Mouth, Woody Mankowski, and Steve March-Tormé (November 24), haunting “Brooklyn country music” from The Lone Bellow (December 4), the Door County music revue Play it Forward (December 27), the play “Love Letters” performed by “Family Ties” stars Meredith Baxter and Michael Gross (February 10), and “We Shall Overcome,” an electrifying music and spoken word exploration of Martin Luther King’s legacy (February 19).
Tickets go on sale to the general public May 15. Special ticket pre-sales for DCA VIPs begin May 8. (For more information on becoming a VIP by joining the Auditorium Society, visit www.dcauditorium.org.) Audience members who plan on attending 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).
Sponsors are still needed for many of this season’s shows. Sponsors, who may choose from a variety of sponsorship packages, have the opportunity to meet performers backstage after the show. DCA is also seeking volunteers for many performances this season.
More information about DCA’s season is available at (920) 868-2728, online at www.dcauditorium.org, or in person at the DCA box office. The box office is located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek and is open Monday-Friday, 12-5 p.m.