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Join WCA for the next performance of our 2019-20 Performing Arts Series, featuring Ted Yoder & Rhythmwood Drive!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

7 PM | WCA Auditorium

FREE (goodwill donation appreciated)

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

ABOUT TED YODER

Ted Yoder’s hammered dulcimer cover of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” became one of the most-watched Facebook Live posts in 2016 when the song received more than 101 million views from music fans around the world. It’s no wonder the video went viral; when a barefooted Yoder performed the hit on his hammered dulcimer in his Indiana family’s backyard with his wife, kids, and a pet raccoon named Gidget in the audience, he immediately became an internet sensation known as the lovable “Dulcimer Dad.” 

In many ways, Ted Yoder is the perfect musician for the 21st century; his passionate playing style and easy-going personality make him a natural online star. 

Yoder’s played the dulcimer for decades and even won America’s National Hammered Dulcimer Championship in 2010.

His performance style in popular songs including Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” and classics such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Little Drummer Boy” has become known as “Yoderizing.” Why? Because until you hear Ted Yoder, it’s impossible to imagine that one wooden stringed instrument can sound like an entire rock band or a whole symphony orchestra all in one. 

ABOUT RHYTHMWOOD DRIVE

Doug and Sarah met while in high school at a music competition. Now married, these two march to the beat of their own drum. Doug lays down the groove with his cajon (a strikingly simple wooden box), udu, and world-class shakers while Sarah's marimba and hammered dulcimer add melodic color and pure fun to their shows. This 2018 Hit Like a Girl Contest Champion and National Hammer Dulcimer Championship Finalist wants you to experience marimba and dulcimer in ways you never expected, all with the rhythmic creativity of Doug's hand percussion. Infused with pop-rock energy, Rhythmwood Drive just brings it whenever they take the stage.