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Steel drum band Jovert performs this Friday night at La Encantada

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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:00 pm

The award-winning high school steel drum band Jovert performs this Friday, Sept. 17, at La Encantada.

It's the next-to-last show in a summer concert series presented by the Skyline and Campbell shopping center and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

Jovert plays familiar songs in an unfamiliar way, a release said.

Students from Tucson High Magnet School make up Jovert. Originally 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.

When Dodge inherited the program, there were two bands and 17 students total. Today, the program boasts four bands and more than 110 students. The bands have recorded four critically-acclaimed CDs over the last eight years, and their music has sold on every continent except Antarctica. Their music is also sold digitally on many websites; most notably, iTunes. Live performances are still the crux of the group, and the most dynamic way to experience their music, the release said.

Individual tickets cost $10 in advance and $11 the day of the show. The final act in the series is Bill Ganz and his Western Band. Proceeds benefit arts education programs and activities.

2010 La Encantada Summer Series

Friday, Sept. 17, 7 to 9 p.m.

La Encantada shopping center, 2905 E. Skyline Drive

$10 in advance, $11 day of show">

(520) 797-3959

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