About Dana & DTMFA

Dana Thompson was an artist, activist and advocate. Her work in music, film, theater, and public health enriched many lives. For nine years, Dana sang with Portland band Dartgun & the Vignettes. She was known for her role as Lt. Uhura in Trek in the Park, and she contributed her unforgettable presence and voice to various podcasts, films, and recording projects with local musicians. The mission of DTMFA is to equip Black youth to experiment and develop their artistic confidence.

Dana Thompson singing

We believe that music is an integral tool in the lives of young people, especially those who are marginalized. The mission of DTMFA is to equip Black youth to experiment and develop their artistic confidence.

As a charitable organization, we seek to be actively anti-racist in our work toward relief of poverty; advancement of education; empowerment for women, girls, and transgender people; and elimination of prejudice and discrimination.

Dana Thompson in black and white

Mark your calendar for DanaFest, our annual rock n roll fundraiser on New Year's Eve (Dana's birthday).

Follow us to learn about other rock shows, art shows, film screenings, readings, dance parties and other events that honor Dana’s eclectic interests in the arts and her enthusiastic support of Portland’s thriving arts community.

We are a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.

Special thanks to:

Dana’s Projects in Performing Arts & Activism


Guest vocals on:


Fetus in Fetu Productions Peril Press

Podcasts & Radio Interviews

Dana’s music has been played on:

  • KPSU - Portland State University
  • KFFP - Freeform Portland
  • WFMU - New York

Acting, Dance & Spoken Word



CBS News Wear Your Voice Magazine StarTrek.com The Skanner The Oregonian/OregonLive Portland Mercury Multnomah County News All Things Performing Arts blog Portland Tribune


Festivals, Special Events & Benefit Shows


Dana recorded vocals at:


Dana shared bills with:

  • 42 Ford Perfect
  • 48 Thrills
  • The Anxieties
  • Bad Move
  • The Bandulus
  • Beyond Veronica
  • Bitch School
  • Buttercup
  • Calabrese
  • Chris Newman Deluxe Combo
  • The Cool Whips
  • Creature Party
  • The Decliners
  • Exacerbators
  • Eyelids
  • FEA
  • Get Dead
  • Gin & Tillyanna
  • The Hot LZs
  • The Jack London Trio
  • King Ghidora
  • The Kingsmen
  • Latter Day Skanks
  • The Lovesores
  • Matt Rogers’ Miracle Workers
  • Monica Nelson and the Highgates
  • Muddy River Nightmare Band
  • My Life in Black and White
  • Paradise
  • The Pandoras
  • The PDX Broadsides
  • Pearl-Handled Heart
  • The Pietasters
  • The Pynnacles
  • Rad Max
  • The Ransom
  • Six Sundays
  • Slutty Hearts
  • The Streakin' Healys
  • Stumblebum
  • The Thornes
  • Titty Babies
  • The Variants
  • The Woggles


Dana performed on stage at:
  • Berbati’s Pan
  • Dante’s
  • Mississippi Studios
  • Star Theatre
  • Bossanova Ballroom
  • The Secret Society Ballroom
  • The White Eagle Saloon
  • The Liquor Store
  • The Twilight Cafe & Bar
  • The Hawthorne Hideaway
  • The World Famous Kenton Club
  • The Waypost
  • Turn Turn Turn
  • The High Water Mark
  • Misdemeanor Meadows
  • O’Malleys
  • Katie O’Briens
  • The Tonic
  • Slim’s
  • Ash St. Saloon
  • Baker Building
  • Paris Theatre
  • Kelly’s Olympian
  • Gil’s Speakeasy
  • Healy House
  • The Starday Tavern
  • The Firkin Tavern
  • Backspace
  • Slabtown
  • & more!