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Published: August 11, 2005

Blue Merle to perform in CFA

The Center for the Arts will present Blue Merle at 8 p.m. Sept. 25 in the Mainstage theater in the CFA, North Campus.



Blue Merle is a band that doesn't simply defy expectations—it renders them irrelevant. Despite its mostly acoustic instrumentation, the band is well practiced at the art of catching an audience and transporting it to a place of pure rock pleasure. It's a trick they've honed through heavy roadwork—whether opening for the likes of J.J. Cale, Badly Drawn Boy and Jem, or playing festivals ranging from Farm Aid to Bonnaroo—and perfect with their Island debut, "Burning in the Sun. "

Between the scruffy sweetness of Luke Reynolds' rough, expressive tenor (often compared to Coldplay's Chris Martin) and the orchestral richness of the band's intricate arrangements, their music bubbles over with rhythmic energy and melodic allure, and carries the sort of inventiveness and depth of feeling found only in the best rock songwriting.

Tickets for Blue Merle are $15 and can be purchased at the CFA box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at all Ticketmaster locations.

For more information, call 645-ARTS.

Mortar Board Chapter receives national award

UB's Mortar Board Chapter has received the Silver Torch Award from the Mortar Board National Honor Society. The award was presented at the society's annual conference, held July 22-24 in Columbus, Ohio.



Only 40 Mortar Board chapters out of 213 nationwide were selected to receive the Silver Torch Award, which recognizes chapters that successfully meet all the chapter minimum standards for the year, turn in all report forms and clear their account by June 1.

Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.