Durango Acoustic Music (DAM) is a Colorado nonprofit corporation that presents live music in a diverse array of genres, including folk, bluegrass, blues, alt-country, rock and world music.
Formerly known as the Durango Society of Cultural and Performing Arts (DSCPA), DAM is staffed by a volunteer board of directors chosen from our general membership.
The idea for a local nonprofit music group was hatched in January 1990 when seven local music fans, led by Laurie Eagle, blended their creative and professional talents to fill a live music void. Back then, the Community Concert Hall, Durango Bluegrass Meltdown and Four Corners Folk Festival were still years away. DSPCA proved to other promoters that the Four Corners audience had a big appetite for roots music.
During the next 15 years, DSCPA brought hundreds of legendary performers to town – including Sam Bush, Richie Havens, David Grisman, Ben Harper, Keb´ Mo´, Ralph Stanley, Steve Earle, Bruce Cockburn, Charlie Musselwhite, Del McCoury and Dave Alvin.
So why did we change our name? A lot of folks didn´t know what DSCPA meant, and thought maybe we rescued cats and dogs. The new name clicks and it´s kind of funny, too. Easier to remember the DAM thing.
The new name doesn´t mean we´re exclusively acoustic. Within one year of our name change, we produced concerts by funk acts like the Motet and Porter, Batiste and Stoltz, and rock ´n´ roll shows by the Bottle Rockets and Alejandro Escovedo.
DAM is still based on the grassroots concept that those seven locals dreamed of back in 1990. As an all-volunteer board, we´re still committed to bringing the best roots music to the Durango area.