The Winona Arts Center (WAC) will present a fundraising concert “Threat Level 3: Orange Alert” on July 16 from 7-9 p.m. The free-will donations to the concert will go to WAC’s “Make Art Open to All” fund to create a new entrance for the building with a lift to both levels. The Winona Arts Center is a 501c3 organization. Donations to the “Make Art Open to All” fund are tax-deductible.
Neither the name of the band nor the album connotes any danger from Homeland Security. Instead, “Threat Level 3” turns their Orange Alert into electro-acoustic free jazz meditations on world music. Ex-Milwaukeeans Billy X. Curmano and John Pendergast pluck, strum and bow their stringed and keyed instruments as Minnesota-native Steve Smith blows tenor sax and didgeridoo. The inclusion of ocean harp, Zimbabwean mbira and trippy electric dulcimer makes for textures harsh enough for intentional listening yet unobtrusive enough for background ambiance or avant-garde sound tracks.
The CD Orange Alert has been nominated for a 2017 Just Plain Folks Experimental Album Award and two cuts, “Fuzzy Wasn’t Fuzzy” and “My Rose,” were nominated for Experimental Song Awards.
The Winona Arts Center is located at 228 East Fifth Street.