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Arts at the Union series features Recycled Percussion April 8
By Melissa C. Rodriguez, Public Affairs Representative
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Posted: 04/01/2008
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Recycled Percussion, one of the most popular touring campus shows in the country, will perform their show of extreme drumming mixed with hip-hop funk tunes at The University of Texas-Pan American’s Student Union Theater on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m.


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The show will feature remarkable hard-rock drumming, led by the world's fastest-extreme drummer, Justin Spencer, and intoxicating hip-hop funk grooves spun by turntable artist DJ Pharoah.

“Students should be interested in Recycled Percussion because this is not the typical musical event that is usually brought to our college campus,” Cindy Mata, assistant director of the UTPA Student Union, said. “They (Recycled Percussion) use different materials to create their music – anything from plastic buckets, huge ladders, giant 50-gallon containers – and mix beat-box style lyrics to their power-drive drumming that creates a style all its own.”

Mata said organizers have wanted to bring the group down for the last couple of months.

“Their dynamic music and the impact of their shows are great on film and in some of their videos and we could just imagine what it would be like to see them live,” Mata said. “They have won many awards within the college programming community and were most recently named 2008 Campus Magazine’s Top Entertainer of the Year, and they are extremely popular in the realms of campus acts in different universities.”

The Recycled Percussion performance is part of the new Arts at the Union series, which was created as a means to bring more cultural, musical and theatrical entertainment to UTPA students and offer them the opportunity to meet with and interact with the artists.

“It is our hope that this series will also bring the community to the UTPA campus to share these experiences alongside our students. The University always has its doors open to the community, and this series will be an extension of that longstanding relationship,” Edna Zambrano, UTPA Student Union director, said. “UTPA students who have an interest in the performing arts will also have the opportunity to meet and interact with these artists.”

The next event in the series, scheduled for Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m., features The Capitol Steps, a group of former Senate staffers and other individuals who satirize the place that used to employ them. All events are held at the Student Union Theater and are free and open to the public. Priority seating will be given to UTPA students, staff and faculty with the UTPA ID cards.

For more information, call the Student Union office at 956/316-7989.

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