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Jaffa Road

April 9, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

Presented by The Markaz / MPV

General Admission Seating: $28
Seniors/Students/Kids under 12: $18
Groups of 10 and up: $18/per

Jaffa Road, the award-winning band from Canada that performs a fusion of Middle Eastern, European, Jewish and Indian music, will appear live at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts, on Saturday evening, April 9, 2016. The concert is the first presented by The Markaz (“The Center”) in its new “SLO World Arts & Cultures” series, bringing world music and international comedy to San Luis Obispo County.

Named World MUSIC GROUP OF THE YEAR at the 2013 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS and nominated for TWO JUNO AWARDS (2010, 2013) Jaffa Road is a highly acclaimed Toronto-based world music group made up of some of Canada’s most exciting and innovative interpreters of inter-cultural music. They released their sophomore CD Where the Light Gets In to critical acclaim, a Juno nomination, and an enthusiastic, standing room only crowd at Hugh’s Room, one of Toronto’s premier music venues. Their music creates a unique sonic landscape that draws organically from the worlds of Jewish music, Arabic and Indian music, modern jazz, electronica, rock, pop, and dub. Their song, L.Y.G., off their debut album, Sunplace, won Grand Prize and the Lennon Award in the prestigious John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the band was also awarded Best World Music Artist at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. They have traveled to many communities across North America and Brazil delighting audiences with their unique brand of genre-bending fusion.

“Jaffa Road’s performance for a packed hall was easily one of my favourite moments of the festival. This group of fantastic musicians has an uncanny ability to bring an audience to the edge of their seats one moment, and then get them on their feet dancing the next.” —Chris Dearlove, National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival

“Their eclectic mix has a combination of cultural elements that is a virtual peace plan for the Middle East – their essence should be distilled and sent to long feuding lands…..Highly recommended!” —Larry Rossignol, The Distillery Jazz Festival

“Jaffa Road at Blue Skies Music Festival was beyond magical…” —Julia Phillips, Blue Skies Music Festival

The Markaz is an L.A.-based nonprofit arts organization, founded in 2001, that presents cultural arts programs across the United States in an effort to promote dialogue and build bridges. The SLO World Arts & Cultures series will present world music concerts from the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, along with select international comedy shows. The Markaz—where arts and the humanities give voice to our dreams for peace.


April 9, 2016
8:00 pm
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The Markaz / MPV