DCCA News: More than merely nice


By Marilyn Delk



Lisa Biales (pronounced Be-Alice) was chosen to open Darke County Center for the Arts 2015-16 Artists Series at Henry St. Clair Memorial Hall because she is a versatile, incredibly talented singer who wows fans of all genres with her amazing voice and charismatic presence.

But another favorable factor for booking Lisa Biales is that she is a warm, gracious, and likable human being who seems to go out of her way to be thoughtful and just plain nice, earning a warm place in the hearts of arts presenters everywhere.

Witness one of the latest posts from Lisa Biales’ Website announcing to her many fans that she and her trio will be performing in Greenville on Oct. 10: “I am so excited to do a show for my long time friends at Darke County Center for the Arts. Their season is all about the voice, and I have a special performance planned just for the occasion. I love Greenville, and you will, too.”

Lisa then goes on to suggest that everyone “spend the day in Darke County to fully experience and discover KitchenAid, Annie Oakley at the Garst Museum, The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, and so much more,” with links to the appropriate websites including Darke County Visitors Bureau’s site leading to many of our community’s attractions.

I fervently hope that Darke County is as gracious to Lisa Biales as she is to our community, not just because she is a treasure in her own right and one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet, but also because her performances deserve extraordinarily enthusiastic response. To those who say “I never heard of her,” I’ll counter with “That only shows that you have not yet discovered one of the great artists to be found in your home state.” Lisa’s recordings have hit Americana and Roots charts in this country and earned international success, reaching Number 1 in Australia Indie ratings. She is definitely NOT unknown.

Those who state “I’m not a blues fan” are unaware of the breadth and range of Lisa’s talents. Although her most recent album, Belle of the Blues, earned award nominations, that does not mean that she is limited to singing the blues. Lisa loves to sing, has one of the great voices of our time, and can sing anything and everything well. She also plays mighty-fine guitar, and writes songs that sound as though they’ve been around forever. Her bandmates are excellent musicians who are so obviously enjoying themselves when backing Lisa that one wonders if they expect any other form of payment for their work.

A Renovation Celebration recognizing the recent improvements and upgrades to St. Clair Memorial Hall made possible by state funds obtained through the efforts of the legislators who serve our community will precede the 8 p.m. show by Lisa Biales. Visitors are invited to tour the auditorium from 6 until 7 p.m.; those whose efforts contributed to the renovation will be recognized at a brief ceremony in the Civic Room from 7 to 7:30 p.m. The newly renewed historic space will then host the opening performance of DCCA’s “Voices” season, inaugurating many more decades of usefulness for the beloved building which has served local citizens for well over 100 years.

To get your tickets to DCCA’s season opener starring songstress Lisa Biales performing in the once again sparkling St. Clair Memorial Hall, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net. Tickets may also be purchased online at CenterForArts.net and will be available at the door the night of the show.

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By Marilyn Delk

Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at marilynd@bright.net. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at marilynd@bright.net. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.