Singer and songwriter Alice DiMicele heads up a roster of area musicians for a new year's show at the Historic Ashland Armory. - Photo by Tina Bolling

'A Conscious New Year'

Folk and Americana musician Alice DiMicele wants to put a positive spin on 2012 by ringing in the new year with a concert to benefit community nonprofits. DiMicele had a tough 2011, with the loss of a loved one to cancer and a back injury that kept the Medford singer and songwriter down for several months.

"Rather than dwell on my misfortune, I felt that doing something positive for our community would help speed my recovery," DiMicele says.

Her Conscious New Year: The 2012 Awakening concert is set for 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St.

The concert's lineup opens with a songwriters' circle that includes Windsong, Michelle Bellamy, Michelle McAsee, I-chele and Myshkin, along with reggae and hip-hop artist Alcyon Massive and the Bound for Glory Band.

DiMicele's band will feature Crystal Reeves on violin, viola and mandolin, Rob Kohler on bass, Scottie Valpey on drums and Mikey Stevens on trumpet.

DiMicele draws inspiration for her uplifting blend of folk and rock from her friends, family, loved ones and nature's elements, she says. She spent many years working as a guide on the Rogue River, where her appreciation for the land deepened, and she's always been an activist at heart.

"We all need to find that place in ourselves where we can give a little more," she says.

Next on the roster will be jam band State of Jefferson with singer and songwriter Frankie Hernandez. Duo Eastern Sunz will wrap up the show with a set of very danceable hip-hop.

"The musicians will be sitting in with each other's bands, being part of each other's music," DiMicele says. "We want to raise consciousness to create a better world through music. All of the performers will share positive messages."

A dinner of fish tacos and clam chowder will be catered by The Wharf in Medford, and beer and wine will be available.

Profits from the show will benefit Grandma Agnes Baker Pilgrim and the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, a group of spiritual elders who came together in 2004, as well as Community Works, a nonprofit that responds to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

"I've always felt strongly about women's issues, about the betterment of conditions for women around the world," DiMicele says. "And protection of the earth. The 13 Grandmothers remind us that the earth is not ours to exploit."

Donations of nonperishable food will be accepted for shland Emergency Food Bank.

Tickets cost $15 in advance and are available at Ashland Food Co-op and Music Coop in Ashland, Pipe Dreams and Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine in Medford, Dragon's Lair Glass in Grants Pass, the General Store in Williams and www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets cost $20 at the door. See www.consciousnewyear.com.

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