DCCA News: Same song, different verse


Darke County Center for the Arts’ next Coffeehouse Series concert will feature singer/songwriter Jonathan Kingham performing at Montage Cafe on Thursday, Nov. 15. And many people’s response to this announcement is, “Never heard of him.”

How many times must I remind you that a plethora of excellent artists making their living by doing what they were born to do are not yet famous! Just because a performer is not within your realm of knowledge, my realm of knowledge, or even the realm of knowledge of DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins does NOT mean that he/she is not worthy of your attention. (Keith discovers the acts DCCA chooses to present at showcasing conferences he attends where amazing artists he’s never heard of plus many of whom he is already aware perform in hopes of being booked at venues around the country; choosing between the many talented performers is no easy task, in part because almost all of them are worthy. As I’ve pointed out in the past, you can trust DCCA to not present junk.)

Some of you may remember Jonathan from his performances here a few years ago. He and his cohort Ryan Shea Smith led songwriting workshops in all local high schools and then performed a Coffeehouse show that drew so many students who had been impressed with their in-school experience (plus one enthusiastic administrator) that DCCA had to turn people away at the door for fear of exceeding the venue’s fire code limit of patrons. Jonathan and Ryan will once again be performing at the schools, so be aware that to assure your seat, you may need to purchase your tickets early.

Many good reasons exist to attend this show by a guy you may not have heard of, the first being that it’s taking place at Montage, which means you can partake of the delicious food and broad range of beverages available in this charming cafe before and during the performance. Additionally, the friendly atmosphere engendered by DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series offers opportunity for meeting old friends and making new ones in an inviting and comfortable social setting; simply put, it feels good to be there.

But the main reason for attending this show by an artist unknown to you is that Jonathan Kingham is really good at what he does. An award winning songwriter whose music has been featured in films and TV shows, he’s won international acclaim with his smooth blend of folk, pop, country, and jazz. His warm and friendly manner complemented by a quick, freestyle wit will charm, amuse, and entertain you.

And a ticket costs just $10! What more incentive do you need to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy an incredibly pleasant evening out that offers an uptown vibe in a down home setting? The show starts at 7 p.m. To get your tickets, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or [email protected]; tickets are also available online at www.darkecountyarts.org and will be sold at the door if any remain by showtime.


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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