Roanoke College Presents an Evening of Bands

SALEM, Va. - Two local bands, Beggars' Circus and No Strings Attached, will perform in Roanoke College's Olin Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18. All tickets are $10. For tickets and more information, please call the Olin Hall Box Office at (540) 375-2333.

Beggars' Circus formed in 1998 and, since then, has released two CDs and performed in many festivals throughout Virginia and North Carolina. The three musicians-Tim Summers, Mary-Beth Coffey and Michelle Lawrence-Walker-united because of their love for Celtic music, which is exactly what Beggars' Circus plays today. They tend to play tragic songs, but also include happier pieces to provide a concert filled with variety and musical complexity. Their high-energy performances are known to include "exciting instrument-switching acrobatics."

No Strings Attached is an award-winning quartet formed in Blacksburg, Va. in 1978. Their music has been described as "eclectic jazz on acoustic instruments and world beat." They are a traditional string band that constantly stretches the boundaries of that genre of music. Their concerts are always exciting, and the four performers have a stage presence comparable to Cirque du Soleil. No Strings Attached has shown its staying power by opening for a wide variety of musical acts such as The Supremes and the Dixie Chicks. They also have toured in the United States and Europe.

This concert is a part of Roanoke College's Performing Arts Series. Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.