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Student Activities and CES at Frostburg State University Present New Underground Club Series On the EDGE
09/01/2015

Student Activities, in collaboration with CES at Frostburg State University, will offer an exciting new underground club series at FSU for 2015-16. The series, titled On the EDGE, will present cutting-edge performers who stretch the boundaries of their art forms. All shows will begin at 8:15 p.m. in the Lane University Center’s Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.

The series opens on Thursday, Oct. 1, with singer and songwriter Kellylee Evans, who incorporates soul, pop, hip-hop, jazz, blues and Caribbean music into her magnetic performances. With an electric, eclectic style that conjures up the spirit of Nina Simone, Evans’ irresistibly original sound is simultaneously fresh and retro.

Fusing brilliant lyricism with powerful performance, def poet, rapper and spoken word artist OVEOUS follows on Thursday, Nov. 19. Shortly after his first appearance in 2003 at the famed Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City, he landed a lead role in the documentary “SP!T,” became a multiple champ of “Showtime at the Apollo,” received standing ovations on HBO’s original series “Def Poetry Jam” and became a three-time National Poetry Slam finalist.

Becca Stevens
Becca Stevens

The Becca Stevens Band closes out the fall season on Thursday, Dec. 3. The New York-based singer and songwriter has received copious praise from the music world. KQED music journalist Andrew Sullivan described her as having “a rock-inflected sensibility informed as much by American folk music and Björk as Billie Holiday,” and the Boston Phoenix noted her “big voice and no-bull emotional delivery.” Not only that, the New York Times said “Ms. Stevens has a wizardly proficiency on an array of stringed instruments, and her singing is luxurious: pliable and hale but often foreshadowing a sob.”

Well-Strung opens the spring On the EDGE series on Thursday, March 3. A New York City-based string quartet, Well-Strung derives its unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. In its review, the New York Times said the group “brilliantly fuses pop and classical music from Madonna to Beethoven.”

Well-Strung
Well-Strung

Closing the series on Thursday, April 21, are the high-energy, fast-paced Zuzu African Acrobats from Mombasa, Kenya, who perform traditional Kenyan acrobatic skills set to high-energy beats. Impressed by their feats of pyramid building, limbo, contortion, tumbling and balance, Howie Mandel from “America’s Got Talent” said, “There was so much energy and it’s so edgy and it looks so dangerous.”

On the EDGE performances feature informal table seating, comfortable couch and armchair seating, snacks and beverage options. After each performance, patrons are encouraged to mingle as the venue transitions into the relaxed social environment of The After Room.

On the EDGE tickets are $15. To order, call 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or visit http://ces.frostburg.edu.

Zuzu Acrobats
Zuzu Acrobats

CES is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from the Maryland State Arts Council and is supported by a grant from MSAC, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.

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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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