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The UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra to Funk It Up!

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Date: Friday, April 10, 2015
Contact: Alyson Kakugawa-Leong, (808) 932-7669

For Immediate Release

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Performing Arts Center swings to soulful dance tunes when the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra presents Funk It Up! on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m.

On the heels of December’s sold out Frank Zappa tribute concert, the 25-piece ensemble has focused its attention on the funk genre popularized by artists like George Clinton, Sly Stone and Tower of Power. Joining the UH Hilo Jazz Orchestra will be special guest vocalists and dancers performing original choreography by Dori Yamada.

“Funk music is basically soul music, but with an emphasis on rhythm,” said Orchestra Director Trever Veilleux. “It is dance music that makes you feel good and makes you want to move. The musicians, singers and dancers have done an amazing job putting this show together and I can’t wait for people to see it!”

Tickets are $7 General, $5 Discount, Students with a valid ID, and Children 17 & under and are available at the Box Office, Tuesday - Friday, 9- 1 p.m. on school days, by calling 932-7490, or ordering online at For disability accommodations, contact Dori Yamada at 932-7496 (V) or 933-3334 (TTY) at least 10 working days prior to the event.

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