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UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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MAILED: June 15, 1999

EAU CLAIRE — The Mambo Surfers will present a free outdoor concert June 28 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
The Summer Session Programs show will begin at 7 p.m. on the Central Campus Mall (rain: Schofield Auditorium). Refreshments will be sold. Audience members are invited to bring blankets or folding chairs for lawn seating.
The multilingual, multi-instrumental Mambo Surfers share the joy of creating an original, eclectic type of music members call "world rhythm jazzy folk." Their wide reach is influenced by styles such as rock, bluegrass, finger-style blues, hot gypsy jazz, Latin, jazz, Andean cantos and folk music. The trio's vast original repertoire — including songs in Spanish, Swahili, Hindi, Malayalam and German — allows them to display their virtuosity on a variety of stringed and percussive instruments. At least 10 stringed instruments are on stage at every show.
Ron "Rojo" Jones, of Hochungara descent, is a luthier (guitar builder/repairer) who contributes Native American soul and tradition to the band's sound. Playing steel slide, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, harmonica and mandolin, Jones also performs with the duo Acoustic Warriors (to be featured July 28).
Saji Villoth, originally from southern India, brings Middle Eastern lore and sensibilities to the band and performs on six- and 12-string guitars, bass, charango, banjo, flute and foot bells. His ambition is to write at least one song in each of the 20 major languages.
Percussionist Bo Johnson also is a seasoned actor and comedian who adds humor to the show at every opportunity.
Also on campus during the week of June 28 are these free Summer Session Programs:
"The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946) will continue a decade-by-decade survey of classic films with screenings on Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 7 p.m. Winner of eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, William Wyler's moving portrait of post-WWII America will be presented via DVD projection in Davies Theatre.
The film follows the lives of three servicemen as they face readjustment to civilian life in their small Midwestern town. Fredric March is an infantry sergeant who comes home to family he's lost touch with and a banking job he doesn't much like anymore. Dana Andrews is a hero, an "Air Force glamour boy" who comes home to a bride he barely knows — and his old job at the drugstore soda fountain. Harold Russell is a sailor who comes home with hooks instead of hands.
With innovative deep-focus black-and-white cinematography by Gregg Toland, the 172-minute drama co-stars Myrna Loy, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo and Cathy O'Donnell.
Wednesday at noon, a Jazz at Noon concert will take place on the Central Campus Mall (rain: The Cabin, Davies Center). Refreshments will be sold.
Continuing through Aug. 5, UW-Eau Claire Summer Session Programs are sponsored, in part, by Central Radio Group (WAXX-FM, WAYY-AM, WIAL-FM, WECL-FM, and WEAQ-AM). A complete schedule is available from the Activities and Programs Office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.

UWEC [Administrative Offices] [News Bureau]

Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
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(715) 836-4741

Updated: June 15, 1999