Center Stage Series: Lamajamal

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A "band without borders," Lamajamal's mix of riveting cross-cultural music promises to take folk music from all over the world and infuse it with their own brand of danceable grooves.

Lamajamal will rock Luther's Center Stage Series with a 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday, Feb. 24, in the college's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.

Tickets, on sale in Luther's Ticket Office, are $25 for adults, $23 for seniors age 65 and older and $15 for youth ages 4-18, and may be purchased online at http://www.tickets.luther.edu or via the Luther Ticket Office, (563) 387-1357. Ticket Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; with extended hours on Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Lamajamal combines Middle Eastern, North African, Balkan and Roma traditions with luscious, dubbed-out production, hip-hop influence, and a rock band's sensibilities. "Thanks to a knack for sexy serpentine grooves and a mean, mean oud player," Lamajamal have been known to infect audiences with its complex, riveting, cross-cultural music.

The group was formed in 2004 when five musicians were together exploring their individual influences of traditional folk music.

In 2007, the band released the album "Gypsy Surf," an interpretation of Balkan and Arabic classics performed on guitar, drum set, oud, clarinet and electric bass. In 2011, the group released two albums. The first, "Tsikago," is a highly danceable and heavily percussive blend of originals and party music from the Balkans, Greece, the Middle East and Morocco. The second, "Let's Go Gypsy Surf," is a compilation of Lamajamal's music from 2004-10. Their most recent release, "Saazuk Safar," is an album of stylized Kashmiri folk music, commissioned by the Funker Foundation- a Kashmiri cultural organization.

Lamajamal has performed across their hometown of Chicago including venues like the Chicago World Music Festival, Chicago Turkish Festival, Taste of Chicago, Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center, as well as on CBS and WGN news.

Stocked with exotic instruments like the oud, hammered dulcimer and the tambur, along with the more familiar guitar, bass and drums, Lamajamal is prepped to get audiences dancing, dreaming and smiling.

Preceding the performance, a Center Stage Dinner Series will be held featuring food native to the Middle East. Dinner is an additional $19 per person, and tickets can be purchased through the Ticket Office.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

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