DCCA News: Get them while you can


This column was originally intended to entice readers to buy tickets to experience eclectic pianist Jason Farnham in concert at The Coffee Pot on Thursday, March 2, the fourth of Darke County Center for the Arts’ Coffeehouse Series presentations. Highly entertaining and charismatic, Jason sometimes plays the piano up-side-down and always performs some of his music on a toy piano. His promotional materials ask “What do you get if you mix Jerry Lee Lewis, Victor Borge, Beethoven, and Schroeder from Peanuts in a blender?” The correct answer, of course, is “highly acclaimed pianist Jason Farnham.” Just those little tidbits make you want to attend the show, right?

Well, unless you already have your tickets, you can’t get in. The show is sold out!

So, rather than expound on the talents of this Brooklyn native who grew up in Canton, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University, composes music that has been included in film scores and television shows, and plays jazz, classical, rock, and new age music, this column will urge readers to immediately purchase tickets for the remaining two Coffeehouse shows this season. And when DCCA’s new season arrives, I would suggest that you immediately buy tickets for the entire Coffeehouse Series and mark all the dates on your calendar so that you won’t regret not acting quickly enough to get in on all the good times.

Coffeehouse shows provide an up-close and personal experience with highly talented artists in an inviting intimate atmosphere where food and drink are also available. Patterned after those coffee houses that sprung up in the sixties and seventies where a casual air of camaraderie reigned, comfortable social interaction between attendees can occur. Old friends re-connect and new friends are made as lively conversations ensue during performance intermissions; shared meaningful experiences result in lifted spirits, renewed energy, joyous inspiration, or maybe just the memory of a pleasant evening away from the daily grind.

Two Coffeehouse shows remain in DCCA’s 2016-2017 season, both featuring outstanding artists with huge talents. Award-winning musician Scott Ainslee is best described as an American folk singer; his music brings to life the history, roots, and sounds of America and its people. Armed with a wide variety of vintage guitars and homemade instruments, Scott communicates and connects with his audiences as he spins stories and tells tales through his songs. Fitting the Coffeehouse ambience almost perfectly, the singer/songwriter’s performance will occur within the charming confines of the Arts Depot in Union City. The show will take place on Thursday, April 20, which will be here before you know it. Get your tickets now!

The final Coffeehouse presentation at The Bistro Off Broadway on Thursday, May 11 has already been moved from the cozy back room where the shows are usually presented to the much larger main dining room, in order to accommodate the anticipated crowd. Cleveland-based blues artists Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charanghat and Kristine Jackson will join forces in a power-house show featuring two favorites from past Coffeehouse seasons. To say that “Walkin’ Cane” and Kristine wowed their audiences in their prior separate appearances at The Bistro would be a vast understatement; patrons who caught those shows clamored for a return engagement, and when that hope became reality, bought their tickets early, a wise decision that should be noted and copied by all who enjoy energy-filled performances by amazing artists.

Coffeehouse Series tickets cost just $10, a small price to pay for the immense pleasure you will experience. To reserve your seats, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or [email protected], or purchase tickets online at www.centerforarts.net.


By Marilyn Delk


Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at [email protected]. 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.

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