Tuesday, May 2, 2017


DCCA will present “Blues From the Heart of Rock and Roll City” featuring Walkin' Cane & Kristine Jackson on Thursday, May 11 at the Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville.
Darke County Center for the Arts will present “Blues From the Heart of Rock and Roll City” as the final show of their 2016-2017 Coffeehouse Series season on Thursday, May 11 at the Bistro Off Broadway in Greenville. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, longtime friends and Cleveland residents Kristine Jackson and Austin “Walkin’ Cane” Charangat have previously wowed local audiences with their solo sold-out shows. “When Kristine performed at the Bistro last year, we immediately had requests to bring her back soon; when “Walkin’ Cane was here the year before that, the audience demanded a quick return,” Mr. Rawlins said. “DCCA is thrilled to be able to give the people what they want—outstanding artists with unquestionably excellent talent,” Rawlins commented. The show begins at 7 p.m.

Mr. Rawlins says that while Austin “Walkin’Cane” Charangat’s superb slide guitar playing provides the perfect backdrop to his smokey vocals, Kristine Jackson’s soulful voice amply displays her natural ability to express life through song. “Walkin’ Cane,” whose nickname refers to the assistance Austin used due to a congenitally damaged leg, easily conjures up a true blues experience with his vast repertoire acquired by studying blues masters like Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, B.B. King, and many others. Kristine says that she has learned from the greats as well, and combines cover tunes from Robert Johnson to Janis Joplin to the Red Hot Chili Peppers with her own unique material.

According to DCCA Executive Director Andrea Jordan, this Coffeehouse show will be presented in the restaurant’s main dining room which will be re-configured to create the best possible concert experienceS. “Following overwhelming initial demand for tickets, The Bistro Off Broadway’s owner Ted Abney decided to convert his central space into a show club for this concert, almost doubling the number of patrons that can be accommodated,” Ms. Jordan said. Food and drink will be available throughout the evening; dinner reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 937-316-5000.

DCCA's Coffeehouse Series is sponsored by The Andersons, Inc., EB Real Estate, Julie and Tom Graber, Eileen and Steve Litchfield, and Rodney Oda. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. DCCA also receives operating support from the Harry D. and Esther Stephens Memorial as well as funding from the Ketrow Foundation and Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust Fund. DCCA membership contributions also help support this show.

Tickets for “Blues From the Heart of the Rock and Roll City” cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or dcca@centerforarts.net, or purchased at The Bistro Off Broadway as well as at DCCA's office located within Greenville Public Library or online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door.

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