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The Caribbean Comes to the Schauer Center!

January 24, 2014—Hartford, WI—The Schauer Arts & Activities Center will be filled with sounds of the Caribbean performed by the steel pan band Steel Crazy as a part of The Booster Cabaret Series on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 8:00 pm. The Hawaiin shirt-clad group conjures up feelings of tropical warmth as they perform songs like Tequila, Kokomo, and Hot, Hot, Hot.

Tropical music styles are at the forefront with Steel Crazy, a 10-piece steel drum band formed out of friendships created during classes at a community college near Aurora, IL. The band’s music repertoire ranges from Jimmy Buffet to Bob Marley, reggae to calypso, with many more in-between.

The unique steel pan drum, the primary instrument of Steel Crazy, was invented in the Caribbean in the 1940s and is created by using hammers and blunted chisels to produce amelodic tone out of recycled 55 gallon oil drums. Today, the instruments are created with sheet metal that can either be sculpted with the help of hammers or highly pressurized air and can include anywhere between 3-30 chromatically pitched notes.

Tickets to Steel Crazy are $22 for Premium seating or $19 for Standard seating. Cash bar opens at 7:00 pm and will remain open for the duration of the evening. Tickets can be purchased at the Schauer Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at 147 N. Rural Street in Hartford, charge by phone at 262-670-0560, ext. 3 or online at SchauerCenter.org.

Steel Crazy is a part of The Booster Cabaret Series. Media support provided by The Booster, WTKM 104.9 FM, WBKV 1470 AM, and Yellowbook. Additional support provided by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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