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June 15, 2007

Grupo Fantasma returns to Purdue for third time for free concert

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
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Purdue University's Latino Cultural Center will present a free concert from Grupo Fantasma, 9–11 p.m., July 14 at Slayter Center, 1209 W. Stadium Ave.

Based in Austin, Texas, Grupo Fantasma features Spanish-language vocals and a four-piece horn section anchored by a percussion and rhythm section. The band fuses Afro-Latin funk, cumbia, hip-hop, salsa and merengue to create their own sound.

"Grupo Fantasma has made exciting strides in their musical careers since last year, and we're excited to watch their progress as they make their third appearance at Purdue," said Maricela Alvarado, director of the Latino Cultural Center. "Their presence serves to bring our students together with the entire greater Lafayette community to appreciate our culture and celebrate the future of Latino music."

The 11-man group was named best Latin contemporary band five times at the Austin Music Awards. Their first album, released in 2001, earned them spots on internationally distributed compilations, an NPR special and the soundtrack to director John Sayles’ film, "Casa de los Babys."

Additional information is available by contacting the Latino Cultural Center at (765) 494-2530, latinocc@purdue.edu, or at the center's Web site. The center is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

The Latino Cultural Center provides an array of resources for Latino students and visitors. It was established in 2003 and moved last year to its current headquarters at 600 Russell St.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source: Maricela Alvarado, (765) 494-2530, alvaradm@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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