Virginia Tech Union is bringing New Orleans’ world-renowned Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Burruss Auditorium on Wednesday, March 28.

Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for Virginia Tech students, $11 for children 12 and under, $17 for Virginia Tech faculty, and $20 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased online or at the box office in Squires Student Center.

The band, born at the Preservation Hall music venue in New Orleans’ French Quarter, has introduced the sounds of New Orleans jazz to audiences across the globe, including British and Thai royalty, for more than 50 years. Its members include musicians with ties to jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton and with contemporary artists such as Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick Jr. This combination of history and a genuine love of the city of New Orleans results in what the band’s website calls “music (that) embodies a joyful, timeless spirit.” USA Today expounded upon the timelessness of the music, calling the band’s live performances “proof that the music pioneered in New Orleans a century ago was the clear progenitor of today’s jam band phenomenon.”

Free parking for the show is available around the Drillfield with a visitor’s pass from 5 to 8 p.m. No pass is necessary on the Drillfield after 8 p.m. or on weekends. Parking is also available in the Perry Street lots and the Perry Street Parking Garage near Prices Fork Road. Find more parking information online or call 540-231-3200.

The show is part of Virginia Tech Union’s 2011-2012 Lively Arts series, and is the final show in the series.

Virginia Tech Union is a student-run organization advised by Student Centers and Activities, a department in the Division of Student Affairs. Membership in Virginia Tech Union is free and open to all Virginia Tech students. There are 10 committees: alternative sounds, concerts, films, graphic design, house and hospitality, lively arts, public relations, speakers, special events, and Web design. Visit the office in Squires Student Center for more information on becoming a member.



Written by Jennifer Gibson.
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