WE'RE GOING TO ALBANIA & MOLDOVA!!!
SUPER excited to let you know: we finally received our country assignment for our Ambassadorship through the U.S. Department of State. We're going to Albania and Moldova in November/December!! We'll be flying to Washington D.C. to train and debrief on the way there & back. It's going to be such an incredible experience.
On our assignment abroad, we'll be working with local communities in these two countries to inspire and educate through music—as a family. We were selected from 300 musical ensembles through a rigorous application and interview process.
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, we'll be engaged in "cross-cultural communication including public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances. [This tour] will focus on younger and underserved audiences in over 40 countries around the world with little or no access to live American musical performances." (source: www.Amvoices.org/ama)
We can't wait to share more details as they unfold. Stay tuned!!
FALL TOUR DATES!
We're beyond excited to hit the road this fall, to 24 beautiful cities across the United States, followed by our U.S. Ambassadorship assignment in MOLDOVA and ALBANIA!!! WOW!! We're so pumped :) To see all tour date details and to sign up for our mailing list (so you don't miss any updates from abroad!) click HERE.
SONGWRITING WORKSHOP + CONCERT: LIVERMORE, CA!
CALIFORNIA: We're coming July 9-13!!
We've been invited back to Livermore, California by popular demand! 40 miles east of San Francisco in beautiful Livermore, we'll be teaching an intensive weeklong songwriting & performance workshop July 9-13th at the gorgeous Bankhead Theater. Our signature full production lights + video show for the public is July 13. Enrollment for the workshop (and concert tickets) are now on sale, so please spread the word to your Bay Area friends.
Are you a student or parent thinking of enrolling this year? Watch highlights of last year's songwriting workshop:
REPRESENTING THE UNITED STATES ABROAD!
Riana, Dalten and I have been selected by the U.S. Department of State to represent the USA as cultural ambassadors abroad this coming year!! We’ll be traveling overseas to bring our music, family, and voices to various countries (location + timing tbd). 300 bands applied this year for this competitive program, and we are one of just 15 bands selected.
As you may know, this intense application and audition process has been a lengthy one. We are absolutely thrilled to be selected for this! Once we have more details, we’ll let you know where (and when) we’re going :)
Thank you SO much for rooting for us, and supporting us through all our tours and endeavors! I'm so proud to be going on this next journey, and so glad you're there with us every step of the way.
SPRING 2018 TOUR!
We successfully completed a 30 city Midwest Tour in Spring 2018! With 37 full stage performances across 15+ states, we reached over 10,000 appreciate audience members. We performed a mix of original songs and covers, all in our signature 3 part vocal harmonies!
Check our TOUR SCHEDULE regularly: we're constantly adding new workshops, events + concerts. Our next concert may be near YOU! :)
MUSIC INDUSTRY MASTERCLASS
I gave a very successful seminar to masters and doctorate students at The University of Southern California in March 2018 about the lessons I've learned in the age of DIY and self-production, and how to create a fulfilling independent music career. It was so rewarding and exciting to return to my alma mater to humbly share some insights of beginning a small business with my family in the music industry.
"Hi Derik, I want to thank you for coming to USC to talk to us about maintaining a successful career. I really appreciate your insights and I fee like we've gained a lot from your hard-earned wisdom. You're a great example of a hard-working and clear-headed artist. Thanks again, all the best!"
—Ben M., Los Angeles, CA
NEW VIDEO + PDF: HOW TO PLAY "GRAVITY"
NATIONAL ANTHEM: PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS NBA GAME
CELEBRATING TEN YEARS ON YOUTUBE!
DECEMBER 2017: WINTER CONCERT XI
Our amazing + talented friend Jena captured these beautiful photos of our eleventh annual Winter Concert on December 20th, 2017! For our friends and fans far away, we wanted you to see a few glimpses into our favorite concert of the year.
WINTER CONCERT XI: DECEMBER 20th!
ON TOUR NOW!
HURRICANE RELIEF ONLINE CONCERT: SEPT 21
EAST COAST TOUR POSTPONED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA
September 7th, 2017
It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the East Coast leg of our Fall Tour. We had made arrangements to drive today from Olympia, Washington to begin our tour on the East Coast, and due to the unforeseen circumstances and imminent threat of Hurricane Irma, it is uncertain to what extent the hurricane will affect the availability of food, water, gas, and shelter.
As a family, not only are we the performing artists, but we’re also the stage crew, engineers, and roadies for all of our own stage equipment. Without being able to guarantee the safe transport of ourselves and our equipment, we jeopardize the thing we value most: giving audiences an incredible evening of music, family, and harmony.
Though many of the performance locations in the Southeast may not necessarily experience the worst of the storm, the way our tour is routed takes us through regions that are currently being evacuated. At the time of writing this, we must rely on current updates from the federal and state level to make the best decision for the safety of our family.
We want to thank you so much for understanding this disappointing situation. Thank you to the staff, administration, and patrons of each scheduled location for their careful organization, planning and efforts to host us. We look forward to the opportunity to reschedule in the future.
We've removed the affected tour dates from our schedule; please visit our tour page for a current list of all of our upcoming concerts. If you are a ticket holder for any of the postponed events, please contact the performing arts venue for further details. We look forward to seeing you soon, and thank you for your patience and support. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Irma.
Derik, Riana, & Dalten Nelson