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Marv Ellis, Beat Crunchers, Matura & Bhakti Shakti: KEPW Green Earth Ball
April 20 • 6:00 pm• $10 – $50
On Friday, April 20, the Community Center for the Performing Arts, KEPW and PharmFresh Oregon proudly host the Earth Day Green Earth Ball, a benefit for our area’s new community radio station 97.3FM KEPW aka Eugene PeaceWorks Community Radio and the WOW Hall/Community Center for the Performing Arts featuring musical performances by Marv Ellis, The Beat Crunchers and Matura & Bhakti Shakti.
Marv Ellis is one of the most influential and important musicians coming out of Eugene in the last decade. Returning home from his tour in Guatemala, he will be performing a very rare and very special solo set packed with the classics from his last five albums. Any true Marv Ellis fan won’t want to miss this one, especially when he has the chance to celebrate a few of his favorite things — community, his city, and the Earth.
Fresh and funky, The Beat Crunchers get the booty shaking and keep it shaking with their mighty Brazilian percussion and exuberant horns. TBC take you on a breathless tour of the world’s best dance parties, Afropop to Balkan to Cumbia. This band that turns everything it touches to a divine rug-cutting boogie-down, be it a childhood cartoon theme song or a funked-up Rachmaninov prelude.
Matura & Bhakti Shakti is a high powered and very unique Kirtan band from Eugene that incorporates elaborate guitar virtuosity with deep mantra songwriting and soaring flute melodies. Led by author, Ayurvedic teacher and radio host Matura Seva, this progressive Kirtan band delivers timeless wisdom with beautiful and lively Kirtan mantra power utilizing elements of Indian classical music, folk, rock and Gypsy jazz. “Music is ultimately a path of inner transformation. When the creative impulse is aligned with altruistic intentions, the pure creative expression can be dedicated as a form of divine service for the benefit of all beings,” states Matura.
Tickets are $10 in advance and are available at UO Ticket Office, WOW Hall and www.ticketweb.com; sliding scale admission at the door $10-$50 Doors open at 6:00 pm and showtime is 6:30. The WOW Hall is located at 291 W. 8th Ave. (the corner of 8th and Lincoln in Eugene) and is open for all ages (6-11 half price at the door when accompanied by parent or adult guardian; five and under no charge). Adult refreshments are available downstairs. For more information please call 541-687-2746.