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The transfixing rhythms of world music will fill the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center this Saturday, April 27, as the Brothers of the Baladi perform a benefit concert for St. James Santiago School.

Reflecting the school’s study of the Mediterranean this year, the Brothers will play Middle Eastern and Turkish music on traditional instruments to start. Those tunes will gradually take on a Western flair as the group launches the world-beat global rock sound that has earned two of their albums Grammy Award nominations. Lead vocalist Michael Beach plays drums and sings in Turkish, Armenian, Arabic, French, Spanish, Farsi and English and the band uses both acoustic and electric instruments.

The performance will be followed by a sumptuous dessert buffet with treats from local restaurants and parents’ kitchens, all included in the price of admission. A no-host wine and beer bar, featuring a keg of beer from Beachcrest Brewery, will be available before, during and after the concert. An extensive silent auction will also open beforehand, starting at 6 pm, with bidding to continue after the concert, offering items including restaurant certificates, vacation stays, services, art and tickets to many Oregon attractions.

The concert will start at 6:30 pm at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101

Tickets, $25 for adults and $15 for children under 12, are available at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org and on the door.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit St. James Santiago School, a non-profit arts and science elementary school in Lincoln City. With its new building in place, the school is expanding to include 7th and 8th grades this fall.

For more information, go to www.sjsschoollc.org.

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