Saturday, November will be an evening of hometown love and world-class talent as Katie Dahl (accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Eric Lewis) releases a new album and Birds of Chicago return to the DCA stage with their new supergroup Capitol Sun Rays, featuring Amy Helm, Grahame Lesh, and Luther Dickinson.
Birds of Chicago is a Nashville-based, Washington Island-bred musical collective that’s been beloved in Door County since their early beginnings as JT and The Clouds. As Capitol Sun Rays, Birds of Chicago joins forces with guitarist Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), drummer/singer Amy Helm (daughter of The Band’s Levon Helm), and songwriter/guitarist Grahame Lesh (son of the Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh). The result is a joyful musical romp of rock, gospel, and quintessential American soul.
Fire Note calls Capitol Sun Rays “a sumptuous feast as talents, voices and mutual admiration creates a soothing harmony that’s so sweet and satisfying that it lasts late into the night.”
Songwriter/singer Katie Dahl is beloved in Door County, where her roots go back five generations, but her renown is growing nationwide as a songwriter whose smart, poignant songs of place Wisconsin Public Radio calls “the real deal.” On this night, Dahl will release her new album, “Wildwood,” which was produced by Birds of Chicago’s JT Nero. At DCA, Dahl will be joined by bassist Rich Higdon as well as Memphis-based string wizard Eric Lewis, known for his masterful musicianship and hundreds of concert appearances in Door County over the years.
Dar Williams says, “Katie Dahl’s songs aren’t just melodies and words, they’re journeys that are firmly grounded in a sense of place—beautiful, real landscapes that help you feel places that you may have never been before. That’s the very best kind of songwriting.”
Katie Dahl and Capitol Sun Rays’ performance is made possible with support from major sponsor Peninsula Pulse, as well as supporting sponsor Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza & Grille.
Capitol Sun Rays and Katie Dahl will perform at DCA at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30. Tickets for the concert range from $25 to $58. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made through the DCA box office, located at 3926 Highway 42 in Fish Creek. The box office is open Monday-Friday, 12:00-5:00 p.m.Tickets can be purchased in person, on the phone at (920) 868-2728, or online at www.dcauditorium.org.