Yellowjackets Open Performing Art Series

SALEM, Va. - The Yellowjackets, a distinctive-sounding group of musicians, will perform as part of Roanoke College's performing arts series, on Monday, October 1 at 8 p.m. at the College's Olin Theater. Tickets are $20/$12 for students, seniors and children. For tickets, call the Olin Box Office at (540) 375-2333.

Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Yellowjackets are a small crew of talented musicians who dedicate themselves to pushing the boundaries of jazz with an intense sound that incorporates elements of bebop, funk, R&B and rock.

Even though the group members have changed over time, this multi-Grammy-Award winning contemporary jazz quartet recently marked their 25th year with the release of a new CD titled "Yellowjackets Twenty-Five."

Bass guitarist Jimmy Haslip sees nothing but good fortune in the group's future.

"The basic foundation, that initial spark of innovation, is still there," says Haslip on the group's Web site. "We're very open minded and are always looking to the horizon to see what's up ahead. We're very dedicated to our craft, and we're constantly trying to progress. That ultimately is a motivating factor in keeping a band like this going. It's a laboratory, in essence, where some great experiments have taken place."

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.