Onstage Orange City: Kelley Hunt brings blues, roots & gospel July 1

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Beloved Blues Singer Kelley Hunt Returns to Orange City for Free Outdoor Concert

Back by Popular Demand, Kelley Hunt and Her Band Bring Blues, Roots and Gospel Music to Northwest Iowa

Singer Kelley Hunt is bringing her soul-filled performance back to Orange City with a free concert in Windmill Park on Wednesday, July 1 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Hunt is a triple threat — attracting fans as she writes, arranges and plays her energetic, southern-style music. She performed with her band in Orange City three years ago, leaving a lasting impression. Her Iowa fan base is thrilled to welcome the powerhouse singer-songwriter back.

“She has drawn quite the following,” says Jane Vogel of Birdhouse Rentals, co-sponsor of the Onstage Orange City concert. “Her music has an uplifting message, and it draws all ages. It’s the kind of music you want to get up and dance to.”

Hunt’s tour stop will feature boogie-worthy new music from “The Beautiful Bones” — her sixth album.

She describes her toe-tapping tunes as a combination of blues, roots, Americana and R&B.

“A lot of it is upbeat with a few ballads. I’m really influenced by traditional gospel music, and most of the things are pretty uplifting and high energy,” Hunt says.

Hunt’s music has wide-reaching appeal.

“As a family, we’ve been following Kelley Hunt for 15 years,” says Lisa Burg of Orange City. Burg’s employer — Orange City Area Health System — is a co-sponsor of the concert. “Our children became fans. She’s an incredible singer. Everything she has produced we’ve loved. She has a huge range, is an amazing keyboardist, and truly crosses generations.”

Hunt’s performances draw fans from across the country. She has appeared six times on American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion and is currently embarking on a national tour.
But there’s just something about Orange City that draws her back.

“I’m really looking forward to coming — it’s a nice community with a beautiful setting,” Hunt says. “I know several people in Orange City, and I’m excited for the band to see it. Plus, I want to get some almond patties!”

The concert is part of Orange City Arts’ Onstage Orange City summer concert series. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to the outdoor concert.

Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City is the event’s rain location. For changes related to the weather or more information, visit orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts, email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com or call 712.707.4885.

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Onstage Orange City: Festival Latino

Festival Latino — a free outdoor event highlighting Hispanic heritage — will fill Orange City’s Windmill Park from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The event is part of Orange City Arts’ Onstage Orange City summer series.

The fourth annual community-wide festival will feature authentic Latin cuisine, an interactive kids’ zone featuring free crafts and activities, and live music from internationally-known Latin fusion band Tropicante.

“The Hispanic population has begun to be an important part of the Orange City community, and it’s important to have shared spaces where we can learn to understand each other and learn about each other’s cultures,” says Olga Alvarado, an Orange City Arts board member of Colombian descent who helped plan the event.

With nearly 10 percent of Sioux County identifying as Hispanic according to the 2013 Census, the event aims to foster deeper cultural understanding while providing top-notch food and quality entertainment.

Kids zone IMG_7701 2014Tropicante, an energetic Latin-style band led by singers Ed East (Panamanian) and Karin Stein (Colombian), will have attendees dancing cumbias, merengues, sambas and other irresistible Latin rhythms.

“Our principal goal is always to have people’s minds opened to the diversity of Latin American cultures through a beautiful, fun medium — music,” Stein said.

Stein and East will host a free, all-ages interactive percussion workshop at 6:15 p.m. before their performance at 7 p.m.Calle Sur Photo

Separate from the larger band, the duo (known as Calle Sur, right) will also provide a free children’s workshop for grades kindergarten through fifth at 1 pm at the Orange City Public Library. The participants will make simple instruments, sing, dance, and act their way through a Brazilian rain forest.

Free transportation from Sioux Center will be available. A bus will leave the Centre Mall parking lot at 6 and 6:30 p.m., with rides returning from Orange City back to Sioux Center at 8:30 and 9 p.m.

Harold Heie, chair of the Festival Latino planning team and chair of CASA (Center for Assistance, Service, and Advocacy), says Festival Latino is a collaborative effort that aims to bring people together.

“Part of it is just getting to know one another,” Heie says. “When you get to know people, things always change.”

Attendees are invited to wear traditional clothing from their country of origin.

Festival Latino made possible by CASA, Center Fresh Group, Hands Around the World, Natural Food Holdings, Birdhouse Rentals, Western Iowa Dairy Alliance and Al & Carol Kramer, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.

Unity Christian Knight Center in Orange City is the event’s rain location. For changes related to the weather, visit orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts.
Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

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Onstage Orange City: Orange City Area Community Band

ORANGE CITY – The Scottish folk song Loch Lomond and music from The Lord of the Rings will be featured in the Orange City Area Community Band concert Wednesday, June 17.

The Community Band will take the stage at 7:00pm for its first 2015 concert in Orange City’s Windmill Park, part of the Onstage Orange City summer series. Dan Mangold is the director, taking over from long-time community band conductor Carla Van Beek.
Mangold, originally from Sioux Rapids, is band director at MOC-Floyd Valley Middle School, assistant director for the Pride of the Dutchmen marching band, and director of the MOC-FV High full orchestra. He is a trumpeter in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra and directed the orchestra for the Tulip Festival night show, Mary Poppins. For several years Mangold played trumpet in the Orange City Area Community Band.
The June 17 concert will feature a variety of music, including the rousing Cut to the Chase by Todd Stalter; a Spanish march by Texidor, Amparito Roca; and a medley from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The band will also play Frank Ticheli’s beautiful arrangement of the Scottish folksong, Loch Lomond; a standard wind piece by Charles Carter, Overture for Winds; and the hymn Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.
The National Emblem March, a classic American band march, plus the Star Spangled Banner, will round out the evening.
Assistant to the community band director is Char Ten Clay.
Come early (5:00-7:00pm) for grilled hot dogs, chips and ice cream, courtesy of Iowa State Bank. Sponsors for the evening are Diamond Vogel Paint and Onstage Orange City contributors, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.
The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Rain location is Unity Christian Knight Center. For more information or weather-related announcements, contact Orange City Arts: ocArts@orangecityiowa.com, 712.707.6514 or see orangecityarts.net.

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Onstage Orange City: Summer Suites

ORANGE CITY – Orange City Arts’ annual celebration of flowering gardens, music, art – and irresistible sweets – is coming soon. The 2015 Summer Suites will be held Wednesday, June 10 in three backyard gardens in Orange City.

The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

The “progressive concert” will feature The Copoetics of Sioux Falls, the Le Mars Flute Choir and several visual artists working while the public watches, with violinist Bethany Dykstra gracing that garden with music.

• The Copoetics — Dan Finch and Louisa Soli-Holt — invite Summer Suites guests to enjoy their guitar and ukelele, and Louisa’s “strikingly clear and penetrating voice.” A few years ago, both left South Dakota for Denver; both taught secondary school; both adored The Grateful Dead and Joni Mitchell. But Louisa’s heart was captured by Dan, the 5-string ukelele and most recently, their newborn son. The couple, noIMG  SUMMER SUITES The Copoetics promopic4w living in Sioux Falls, has traveled 10,000 miles, performing across the American West and educating many people on the differences between North Dakota and South Dakota.

Their name, The Copoetics? “It represents the collective poems of life we all share and create every day,” said Louisa.  http://thecopoetics.com

• The Le Mars Flute Choir brings together flutists from Le Mars, Marcus, Sioux City and Orange City… and performs all kinds of music, from grand flute quartets to jazz. Watch for C flutes, G flutes and piccolos.

For Summer Suites, the seven-member choir will play a lovely variety, including Irish lilts, a rag, Camptown Races, a light classIMG_9389 Le Mars Flute Choir (large photo)ical piece by Boyce and the fun Little Red Monkey by Jordan. Another Summer Suites performance on June 10 is the Le Mars Flu

Left to right are Kathy Moore, Sue Ashenfelter and Dr. James Schroeder of Le Mars; Lynn Gross of Sioux City; Glenda Drennen of Le Mars; June Palleson of Marcus; and Donna Mortenson of Orange City.

• Visual artists, with violinist Bethany Dykstra, will grace the third garden. While attendees watch, seven visual artists will work.  Bethany Dykstra, who has played violin for 11 years as part of eight honor orchestras and now the Northwestern College Chamber Orchestra, will perform pieces by Ten Have, Handel and Bach, accompanied by Kate Noteboom.IMG_4137 Bethany Dykstra

Visual artists: Emilee Berry Emilee1sat on a poppy-covered stone staircase in Greece, and discovered the connection between the “light, organic feel of nature” and hard, rough architecture. So she loves both strong lines and repetition, and movement and texture. A recent award-winning art graduate from Northwestern College, originally from Battle Creek, she does sculpture, printmaking and photography, and will paint at Summer Suites.

Mary Jane Davidson cropped 2015-04-02 11.57.29Mary Jane Davidson, of Manitoba—and now Sioux City, comes from a family of artists, and learned about painting/ dying on silk from her sister. She stretches white silk, then hand-paints, using a variety of methods. Some are unpredictable designs, others complex and defined, with the help of gutta or soy wax resists. Many of Davidson’s paintings are on silk scarves.IMG_0471 Ron Erickson B

Ron Erickson, of Remsen, has been woodturning for 15 years, using wood from fallen trees to create bowls, Christmas ornaments and small boxes. He loves trying new things. It’s a hobby, so he doesn’t advertise, but he has exhibited his work in Spencer and Storm Lake. We’re lucky to have Erickson for Summer Suites, since his June through August priority is not woodturning, but golf.

IMG_0685 Lynne HubersLynne Hubers, of Orange City, learned to quilt from a friend in ’97, and hasn’t looked back. She loves choosing colors, working with beautiful fabrics, and designing. She enjoys geometric quilting, appreciates the finesse of traditional quilting, and especially likes the slow pace of appliqué work. She’s done one hand-quilted wallhanging — otherwise it’s machine quilting and piecing for Hubers.

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Marena Nachtigall, a SE Iowa native, studied art at Hesston and Bethel Colleges in Kansas, graduating in ’03. She opened Earth & Art, ceramics and floral design in Noble. Functional wheel-thrown ceramics is the basis for her work, with an emphasis on carved and beaded embellishments. Currently Nachtigall and her family live in Orange City.

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Lauren and Barb Ochsner have spent a combined 50-plus years on custom glasswork and framing, from their shop — Golden Prairie Art — of Maurice. They have designed and created stained glass for many area churches, plus Prairie Winds, the Dordt College library and Orange City Area Health System. They will demonstrate processes in creating stained glass art.Silver Lake Reflections Judy Thompson Full Size


Judy Thompson, watercolor artist originally from Chicago and now Orange City, painted the cover art for the recently published Laura Ingalls Wilder autobiography. Her art has been exhibited across the Midwest, and she has done many artist residencies, including two at national parks. Acclaimed as “capturing a sense of place,” Thompsons’ recent work includes her “Homestead Series.”

Some artists will offer their art for sale at Summer Suites.

Summer Suites will be held in the backyard gardens of Sally and Laird Edman (featuring The Copoetics), Jodi and Kent McDonough (visual artists and violinist Bethany Dykstra) and Anita and Jack Vogel (Le Mars Flute Choir).

The event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Orange City Arts. Instead of a show in Windmill Park, the event happens in three backyards.

Advance tickets are necessary, at $10 for adults and $7 for students if purchased by June 6 at the Orange City Arts office, Orange City town hall and Dove Christian Book Store. After June 6, tickets are $13 and $10. Maps and schedules are provided to ticket purchasers. Rain location will be the Northwestern College DeWitt Theatre.

Special thanks go to Sodexo of Northwestern College and Orange City Floral Company.

For more information, contact Orange City Arts, 712-707-6514 or ocArts@orangecityiowa.com

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Onstage Orange City: Moon Hooch

Moon Hooch — an energetic trio with genre-bending music — is performing a free show Wed., June 3, at 7 p.m. at Windmill Park in Orange City.

When Orange City Arts members heard locals buzzing about the band’s unique sound — two souped-up saxophones and a drum — they knew they had to see if they’d perform for the Onstage Orange City series.

Steve Mahr, co-owner of The Old Factory, became entranced with the band’s wailing sax and staccato snare after watching them perform in NPR’s popular Tiny Desk Concert series.

“I’m not sure what others’ responses are, seeing a wild man blowing the sax with a traffic cone as a mute – but mine was love at first sight,” Mahr said.

His enthusiasm for the “cave music” band spread to Janine Calsbeek, director of Orange City Arts, who reached out to the band’s reps.

To her surprise, Moon Hooch — comprised of saxophonists Mike Wilbur and Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler — had an open date available on their tour from Ohio to Minnesota, and were interested in making a pit stop in Iowa.

There was just one minor caveat — Orange City Arts had to drum up the funds to keep the show free. Mahr stepped in to help fundraise, and Old Factory Coffee Shop, along with Orange City’s Quatro Composites™, joined as corporate sponsors for the free outdoor event.

The concert is open to all ages, and the original, unexpected tunes are sure to wow the young — and young at heart. But to describe the band’s sound? That’s a tough one. They have an inventive style all their own — something between jazz and dubstep, with a rock-vibe for good measure.

Each band member studied in New York at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. Their stylistic choices — like using modified saxophones to create pulsing beats — creates indescribable music.

The band (which provides soundtracks for famously epic NYC subway dance parties, according to The New Yorker) describes their work “like house music, but more wild, more jagged, more free, more natural to live in.”

Moon Hooch got its start playing on subway platforms, and quickly grew a devoted fanbase that led to a national tour with They Might Be Giants, and multiple gigs on the festival circuit.

“Moon Hooch is amazing! They’re over the top,” Calsbeek said. “Very energetic and crazy. Their music is not for the faint of heart — it’s something different and I think it’ll be appealing to a lot of ages.”

Judging from previous shows, Moon Hooch’s power-packed performance promises to get audience members talking — and maybe even dancing out of their seats. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. Concessions will be available for purchase.

“This is going to be something different,” Calsbeek says. “Orange City Arts has never had anything like Moon Hooch.”

The Orange City Town Hall is the event’s rain location. For changes related to the weather, visit orangecityarts.net or facebook.com/ocArts.

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National Public Radio’s tiny desk concert: http://www.npr.org/event/music/329521706/moon-hooch-tiny-desk-concert

Wall Street Journal… Moon Hooch’s “underground” following:



Orange City’s Got Talent!

Onstage Orange City begins its sixth season of Wednesday evening shows, and the stage will be popping with entertainment. It’s Orange City’s Got Talent!

Windmill Park is the place, Wednesday, May 27 the day. The show begins at 7:00pm.

This annual show promises a variety of performances from talented locals. And the talent comes both from within Orange City and beyond city limits.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places: $100, $75 and $50, respectively.

OC's Got Talent 2014 Hannah McGarvey on stage IMG_5964Judges will be Tulip Queen Cara Venema, City Administrator Duane Feekes and Steve Mahr of Old Factory Coffee Shop. Lois Estell and Amanda Haverdink are emcees. The 2014 winner of Orange City’s Got Talent, Sydney Krommendyk, will treat the audience to a song during the judges’ deliberation. (Sydney is pictured above, with other 2014 OC’s Got Talent winners.)

This free event, part of the Onstage Orange City series, is sponsored by Orange City Communications and State Farm: Matt Weg Agency, in conjunction with Orange City Arts.

Additional thanks go to Orange City Floral, Windmill Park Jewelers, Headquarters for Hair and Mary Kay Beauty Consultant Christie Conover.

The planning committee includes Aaron Beadner, Leanne Bonnecroy, Lois Estell and Mike Stokes.

Concessions will be offered. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Rain location is the Unity Christian Knight Center.







Onstage Orange City is a program of Orange City Arts. For more information or weather-related announcements, see facebook.com/ocArts, call 712-707-4885 or email ocArts@orangecityiowa.com.


Orange City’s Got Talent! 2014 winners announced

ORANGE CITY –  Sydney Krommendyk, Hannah McGarvey and The TriTones took the prizes in the fifth annual Orange City’s Got Talent!

The area talent show was held Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at Windmill Park in Orange City.

Sydney Krommendyk, (left in photo at top of page) sixth grader from Orange City, took the top prize with her vocal rendition of Titanium.

Hannah McGarvey of Alton (2nd from left in photo at top of page) played a cello piece by Astor Piazzolla,  Libertango, and earned the second place award.  Her accompanist was Lori Vande Brake.

Tri-Tones (right in photo at top of page), an a cappella trio of Ben De Groot and Sam De Groot of Sioux Center, and Joel Pasma of Ripon CA, won third place.  

The three winners won cash prizes of $100, $75 and $50.

The other seven acts in the talent show were Ensemble Royale, The J’s, Kari Broadway, Julie Junck, Jade De Kock, Miranda and LaRae Bloemendaal, and Christie Conover and Angela Riedeman.OC's Got Talent 2014 IMG_6048.JPG

The evening ended with Popular from Wicked, performed by emcees Amanda Haverdink, the 2013 OC’s Got Talent winner, and Lois Estell.

The Onstage Orange City 2014 event was sponsored by the Orange City Area Health System and Quatro Composites™, in conjunction with the Orange City Arts Council.


SIGN UP to be part of the 2015 Orange City’s Got Talent! Click here to register. Please sign up for an audition time by May 12. Auditions will be May 19-21.

First, second & third place winners of OC’s Got Talent 2014 are not eligible to be contestants for this year’s event, but may audition again in 2015.

Onstage Orange City begins at Tulip Festival

Three bands will perform during Tulip Festival to kick off the Orange City Arts Council’s annual summer series, Onstage Orange City.
Orange City’s own Usual Suspects (pictured above: Steve Mason, John Hubers, Sam Martin, Gary Reinders & Joel Westerholm) will perform on Thursday night, May 14. The band plays a variety of musical styles, including classic acoustic-based pop and rock, blues, contemporary folk and original songs. The Usual Suspects will also perform during Tulip Festival’s ArtBurst event on Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. in the Straatmarkt.
Now Serving 7 (right), a Christian electro-coustic pop/rock band based in Pella, Iowa, will take the stage on Friday night, May 15. Now Serving 7 photoThey have performed with artists like Jeremy Camp and Superchick and at official NASCAR events. Making their third consecutive-year appearance at Tulip Festival, Now Serving 7 will perform songs from their debut album, “I Will Go.”
Damon Dotson (below left) is a singer-songwriter originally from Okoboji, Iowa. He performs in a variety of venues throughout the Midwest, including Minneapolis, Omaha and Chicago. He has opened for artists Willie Nelson and the Beach Boys, among others. Dotson and his band members will perform songs from their new and rising album, “Tumblin’,”on Saturday night, May 16.
DamonDotson“We’re excited to partner with the Orange City Arts Council to open their summer series during Tulip Festival,” says Juliana Pennings, Tulip Festival & Community Tourism Director. “We are grateful for the many ways the Orange City Arts Council continues to promote and bring the arts to our community.”
The concerts will take place at the band shell in Windmill Park at 7:30 p.m. each evening, and there is no cost to attend. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. The rain location for the concerts is the Orange City Town Hall.
Onstage Orange City is a program sponsored by the Orange City Arts Council, and brings in local, regional, national and international artists to perform throughout the summer. To view a full schedule for the 2015 season, visit orangecityarts.net. This summer will mark the sixth year of Onstage Orange City.