Swinging on a Star

JFFA Winter Benefit

Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 5:30pm

at the Port Angeles Naval Elks Lodge


Join us for our annual Winter Benefit featuring live music by Abakis, dinner, silent and live auctions, and our ever-popular Dessert Dash!  

Our donors are the lifeblood of this organization.  Come join us for an evening of fun, benefiting our Outreach and Education programs.

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6 Guitars

Featuring Chase Padgett

Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 7pm

at the Port Angeles Performing Arts Center


6 Guitars is a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy, and characters. A single performer portrays six different guitarists, each embodying a unique style of music. As the show unfolds, audiences are treated to powerful songs from multiple genres that showcase expert musicianship. All of this is impressively accomplished with just one performer and one, solo guitar. An amazing feat to say the least.

Rich in humor, 6 Guitars follows each character, from a young rock prodigy to a weary blues picker, each sharing hilarious anecdotes that only a life of playing music can provide. Chase Padgett’s well- crafted performance delivers these moving stories which capture the power of music and its ability to shape lives. You don’t need to play music to love this show. You just need to love music.

Chase Padgett has been a professional actor and musician for most of his adult life. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Music he started working full time acting at Disney and Universal Studios where he played the Grinch, Beetlejuice, and other memorable characters. In 2010 he premiered his first solo show ‘6 Guitars’ which became one of the most successful shows across the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit in recent years by winning awards and setting box office records.

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Carlene Carter

Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 7pm

at the Port Angeles Performing Arts Center


Carlene Carter has been releasing music for almost four decades. The daughter of June Carter Cash and country star Carl Smith, and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, she is the physical embodiment of the Carter Family in the 21st century.

Her most recent album release is Carter Girl, a Don Was-produced collection of Carter Family songs and originals, inspired by her family. Carlene spent the better part of the last few years on the road with John Mellencamp on his Plain Spoken tour, both as a support act and joining him on stage nightly to perform duets. She also played a role in the touring production of Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, the southern gothic musical play written by Stephen King and Mellencamp. The release of Sad Clowns and Hillbillies in 2017 by John Mellencamp features Carlene Carter and includes newly penned songs by Carlene.

Carlene started her career singing with The Carter Family at 17. With the 1978 release of her self-titled debut album, she established herself on the edgier end of the country music spectrum, having recorded it in England with Graham Parker’s band The Rumour. When Maybelle Carter died later that fall, Chet Flippo wrote in Rolling Stone that she “lived to see her granddaughter Carlene merge Nashville with contemporary rock and roll.”

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Téada

 Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 6pm

at the Port Angeles Elks Naval Lodge


One of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.” A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, Israel and Australia.

The band’s world-class young musicians, led by founder Oisín Mac Diarmada on fiddle, know how to fill every corner of a room with rich, gorgeous sound. Continuing to grow in vision and popularity, Téada recently welcomed a sixth member to the line-up, legendary West Kerry singer and accordionist Séamus Begley, winner of 2013 TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year. The Irish traditional supergroup recently released a vibrant new album – Ainneoin na stoirme (In spite of the storm) – on the Gael Linn label. Ainneoin na stoirme is a rare jewel. Emerald, of course.

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Collision of Rhythm

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 4pm

at the Port Angeles Performing Arts Center


Collision of Rhythm is a duo comprised of tap-dancing classical virtuoso, Aaron Williams, and beatbox-juggling keynote speaker, Bronkar Lee. They have worked with companies like GoPro, Coca Cola, and Google, and have been featured on The Tonight Show, America’s Got Talent, and SuperBowl commercials. Both have achieved internet fame with “rhythmic” viral videos — Aaron, through his virtuosic rendition of “Mario on Marimba” (over 30 million views), and Bronkar, as the “Beatbox Dad”, through a video of him beatboxing with his son (over 144 million views). Though there are only two of them, they fill the stage as a 12- person ensemble would, moving from instrument to instrument with a high level of skill and diversity. What’s created is a richly explosive experience like nothing else out there — rhythm- centered, but also full of melodic movement and dynamic depth.

With drumming, tap dancing, rhythmic juggling, marimba, piano, saxophone, flute and so much more, the show has been described as “Stomp meets Blue Man meets Cirque du Soleil.” The pure joy that music and rhythm has instilled within these two humans is. extended to every audience member throughout the performance. Between choreographed musical pieces, there is audience interaction, humor, and personal stories that make this show all at once captivating, inspiring, and flat-out extraordinary.

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LED Dance Co.

presents Jabberwock

Saturday, April 11, 2020 at 7pm

at the Port Angeles Performing Arts Center


LED combines contemporary dance, original music, and film into breathtaking cinematic experiences. Founded in 2015, LED is a project-based arts nonprofit based in Boise, Idaho. LED’s projects are created by the artistic duo of husband and wife team, Lauren Edson, and Andrew Stensaas. Every moment of an LED production is built from the ground up by Lauren and Andrew and a large contingent of extremely talented dancers, musicians, designers, and technicians that are brought in on a project-by-project basis.

Jabberwock, a contemporary adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem “Jabberwocky,” uses the classic hero’s tale to create a world of suspense and whimsy, exploring themes of good versus evil, resilience, autonomy and truth. Set within a dystopian 1950’s inspired office space, Jabberwock, features completely original dance and music and a world class group of dancers. LED has assembled a cast of professional dancers from all over the country for this production.

Dancers: Ching Ching Wong (NW Dance Project, Princess Grace Award, Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”), Brett Perry (Trey McIntyre Project, Princess Grace Award), Łukasz Zięba (Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Company XIV), Allie Kronick (Abarukas), Emma Lalor (T Lang Dance), Maxwell Parr Perkins (Loni Landon Dance Project), and Nell Josephine (Ballet Idaho).

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Blues is a Woman

Friday, May 8, 2020 at 7pm

at the Port Angeles Performing Arts Center


Pamela Rose is a San Francisco jazz and blues vocalist who has thrilled local and international audiences for decades with her swinging, soulful style. Pamela’s latest ensemble project, Blues Is A Woman, is a theatrical concert celebrating women blues artists from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt. A brilliant ensemble of women musicians perform musical treasures as they tell stories and transport the audience back to the early roots of America’s most enduring art form.

Rose’s Blues Is A Woman blurs the boundaries between concert and theater, using storytelling, rare film footage, and music to bring to life the colorful history of the bold and singular women who wrote and popularized the blues. Some of the names are well known – Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin – and others should be – Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, Memphis Minnie, and so many more. The voices of these women are vibrant, challenging, inspirational, and dynamic, and Blues Is A Woman seeks to ensure that these women, their histories, and their message will be remembered and celebrated.

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