The Greater Denton Arts Council is delighted to name Dan Mojica of Dan’s Silverleaf the recipient of the 42nd Annual Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA). The prestigious CARA award honors those who have significantly enhanced the cultural life and status of Denton through outstanding achievements in the field of fine arts or for service to the arts in the community. One CARA is awarded yearly to an individual or business, recognizing the cumulative achievements made throughout the year or a lifetime. Dan Mojica will be honored and will curate a night of music and performance at the Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts Friday, February 27, 2015. Featured tribute performers will include Polly Maynard, Paul Slavens, Isaac Hoskins, Steve Carter, Joe Pat Hennen and the Industrial Street Jug Band, and Hares On The Mountain among others.
In recent years, Denton has risen to national and international prominence with a reputation for promoting a wide range musical styles and performers – some of them launching to national stardom. Of the local venues that have fostered this phenomenal creative atmosphere, none can lay greater claim to nurturing a generation of singers and songwriters than the iconic Dan’s Silverleaf. Not only has Dan Mojica fostered the development of the city’s music scene, he is largely responsible for helping to establish the now-flourishing “Industrial Arts District” surrounding Denton’s Courthouse Square.
ABOUT THE EVENT CARA Awards Honoring Dan Mojica of Dan’s Silverleaf Friday, February, 27, 2015, 7:00 p.m., $30 Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts
Join us for an evening of music, performance, and art celebrating Dan Mojica of Dan’s Silverleaf. The prestigious Community Arts Recognition Award (CARA) honors those who have significantly enhanced the cultural life and status of Denton through outstanding achievements in the field of fine arts or for service to the arts in the community. The evening will feature performances in honor of Mojica by Polly Maynard, Paul Slavens, Isaac Hoskins, Steve Carter, Joe Pat Hennen and the Industrial Street Jug Band, Hares On The Mountain, and more. Hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine included. Seating is limited; reservations are requested. For tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (940) 382-2787.
ABOUT DAN MOJICA Dan Mojica was born in Dallas, Texas in 1953 and spent his formative childhood years in Lubbock, Chicago, and Dallas. As a teenager, Mojica immersed himself in the music of the 60s, attending concerts by such legendary performers as Jimi Hendrix and the Mothers of Invention. While in college at Western Illinois University, he assisted booking talent for on-campus concerts including Rush, Loggins and Messina, and Jimmy Buffett. After college, Dan worked as a school teacher and in the airline industry. Mojica moved to Denton in 1984 and has “never considered living elsewhere since.” He opened and ran “Dan’s Bar in 1995 – 2001, and later opened Dan’s Silverleaf in June of 2002 with partners Marcus Watson and Chris Hawley.