A Tucson ensemble puts a dynamic wrap on the La Encantada Summer Concert Series, presented by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance with the support of Tucson Federal Credit Union.
This Saturday night's concert features Jovert, the Tucson High Magnet School group that "obliterates the stereotypes of steel drum bands," according to a release.
"When people hear Jovert, they will hear familiar songs … they just won't hear them in a familiar way," the release said. "Listeners can expect to be surprised, enlightened, and above all, entertained, with movement, theatrics and choreography very much a part of each performance."
Started in 1991 as the Tucson High Steel Band, the program developed over its first few years, but remained small until its present director, Khris Dodge, arrived on the scene in 1999.
Dodge's program now boasts four bands and more than 110 students. One ensemble contains more than 30 players.
Versatility is the band's strong suit. Ensembles of varying sizes perform in venues all over Tucson, Arizona, and the Southwest. The bands have recorded four critically acclaimed CDs over the last eight years, and their music has sold on every continent except Antarctica.
Live performances remain the crux of the group, and the most dynamic way to experience their music, the release concluded.
Summer concert series finale
Saturday, Sept. 5
7:30 p.m. in the Lower Level Courtyard
La Encantada Shopping Center
Tickets $10 each
Soda, water, beer and wine available for purchase
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.