Fish Creek, Wis. (April 24, 2023) – Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is pleased to announce its 2023 performance schedule, featuring a diverse array of performers that includes Gladys Knight, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sierra Ferrell, KT Tunstall, Martin Sexton, Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters, Hiplet, and many more.
“It’s always exciting to share a new season,” said DCA Executive Director Cari Lewis. “The concerts we’re presenting this season are very eclectic—I think they’ll appeal to a wide spectrum of musical tastes. We selected this year’s shows with two main goals in mind: first, being inclusive, and second, hosting artistically excellent, fun, and healing experiences for our community.
“I feel that this season is especially deep in its quality—there are so many well-loved names,” Lewis continued. “For instance, the Happy Together tour alone brings six icons—The Turtles, Little Anthony, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Vogues, The Classics, and The Cowsills—to our stage.”Sierra Ferrell
DCA will start things off with the community music celebration Play it Forward at Stabbur Beer Garden on June 10, followed on June 20 by the Auditorium’s official opening night: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on the DCA Main Stage. A night of Pride Anthems with special guest Owen Alabado (June 23) and a concert by hooky songwriter Mat Kearney (June 26) will round out June.
July starts with a bang: a double-bill of KT Tunstall and Martin Sexton. After that, Wisconsin’s own BoDeans will take the stage July 7, followed by magnetic honky-tonker Sierra Ferrell July 10 and Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton as the frontman for his band The Boxmasters July 13. Seminal Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band will appear July 15, followed by “Empress of Soul” Gladys Knight July 20, New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band July 25, and The Voice sibling band sensation Girl Named Tom on July 30.
On August 13, “kindie rock” children’s music favorite Laurie Berkner will take the stage, and on August 29, DCA will present the Happy Together Tour, featuring a jaw-dropping lineup: The Turtles, Little Anthony, Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Vogues, The Classics, and The Cowsills.
DCA will keep going strong in the fall with Blues Hall of Famer Robert Cray (September 10), Chicago tribute band Alive Again (September 16), an epic ’80s singalong with
Choir!Choir!Choir! (September 22), and the return (by popular demand) of country legend Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives (September 28). DCA will present Chicago ballet innovators Hiplet October 6, high-energy Celtic band Tartan Terrors October 15, and “When You Wish Upon a Star: A Jazz Tribute to 100 Years of Disney” October 22. On November 25, DCA will kick off the holiday season with an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with Big Mouth and Special Guests.
Programming will continue into 2024, including astonishing puppetry by Dinosaur World Live (January 30), vaudevillian variety show The Fourth Wall (February 9), and a history/baking storytelling event called “Makin’ Cake with Dasha Kelly Hamilton” (March 1).
In August, DCA once again hosts the first-rate classical music of Peninsula Music Festival. DCA also hosts a variety of community concerts throughout the season.
Tickets go on sale to the general public May 16. Special ticket pre-sales for DCA VIPs begin May 9. (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, sometimes 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.