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Seattle Steel Drum Group to Open
UW-Eau Claire Artists Series

 MAILED:  Aug. 3, 2004

EAU CLAIRE - Bakra Bata Steel Drum Band - an eclectic, colorful, and energetic steel drum and dance ensemble - will open the Artists Series at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in Zorn Arena.

Based in Seattle, Bakra Bata is highly original and distinctly American, drawing from the root traditions of trans-Atlantic cultures as they have developed in the Americas. The steel drum, played in combination with a fascinating variety of other percussion instruments, is a visual and aural delight for audiences, and the music, with its emphasis on rhythmic modes and dance beats, creates an upbeat, joyous ambiance.

Bakra Bata's performance features colorful costumes, beautiful masks and dance. A remarkable blend of sophistication and energy, the band has been reported in the Los Angeles Times as creating "music that sidesteps cultural biases."

The concert is the first of eight Artists Series presentations this season, with an additional Artists Series Special by the Bruce Wood Dance Company in May. Details about series events follow:

Season subscription information is available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727. A range of subscription packages is available, offering discounts of 10 to 20 percent. Tickets for individual Artists Series events are $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Window sales begin Monday, Aug. 9.

Patrons also may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin. The Artists Series presentation of the Rose Ensemble is supported by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from General Mills Foundation, Land O' Lakes Foundation, Sprint Corporation and the Wisconsin Arts Board. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed generous promotional support. Park Inn and Suites Eau Claire (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series.

Funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.



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Updated: August 3, 2004