Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson
Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson

With shows in California, Montana, North Dakota and New Mexico, Derik Nelson & Family’s Spring 2018 Tour covers much of the country — including a stop right here in Kokomo.

And that’s thanks to Kokomo Community Concerts, a non-profit organization that has been bringing world class entertainment to the community since 1957. 

Coming Sunday, April 15, the Derik Nelson & Family show is the fifth of six acts in the 2017-18 season. The band has garnered more than 3.6 million views on YouTube and performed in over 90 cities.

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, the group’s signature sound features velvety, three-part pop/folk vocal harmonies. It’s comprised of three siblings, Derik, Riana and Dalten Nelson, who have performed together since childhood.

And even if you’re not familiar with the group’s music, it’s quite possible you’ve heard at least one of them sing. They’ve been heard singing individually on several television shows, including “Raising Hope,” “New Girl,” “Cinnamon Girl,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
Derik Nelson has appeared regularly as the lead guitarist on “Glee.”

The trio brings a state-of-the-art light show and video display that create a visual immersion into the musical experience.

And this impressive video display is one of the reasons Mary Rusch, Kokomo Community Concerts publicity chair, is so excited for the group to come to Kokomo to perform. 

“This is my favorite show of the whole season,” she said. “They have five gigantic screens that are all rear projection and show videos and images of what the group is singing about.”

The 20-foot video display features multiple “Derik clones” that play many different instruments as a “virtual band,” according to the band’s website. 

By using the video wall designed by Dalten Nelson, the group says it’s able to “paint an expansive wall of sound of limitless sonic possibilities by each playing many different instruments. This  innovative technical marvel uses the latest in audio/video technology to take audiences on an aural and visual journey through time and space.”

The band says its shows are a concert experience like no other, and Rusch agrees.

“They take songs and rearrange them into their velvety sound as they call it,” she said. “You listen and you aren’t really even sure how many people are singing.

“I’m really excited about this concert,” she said. “This is one you should definitely come to.”

Derik Nelson & Family will perform at 2:30 p.m. April 15 at Kokomo High School, 2501 S. Berkey Road. Tickets are $25, with full-time students admitted free. 

For more information, call the ticket info line at 765-210-0686 or email to tickets@kokomocommunityconcerts.org.