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Tickets are still available for this year’s major spring concert, a performance by the eclectic band The Roots 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Kirby Sports Center.

As the concert date approaches, preparations continue to go smoothly, according to mathematics major Kate Robbins ’05, executive chair of Lafayette Activities Forum (LAF).

“Ticket sales started off a bit slowly, but now that we are getting close to the concert, we are happy that we have seen a quick increase in sales,” she says. “We expect this trend to continue right up to the day of the concert. “

Tickets will remain on sale at the LAF web site until noon and at the bookstore until 4 p.m. on the day of the concert.

The Roots is a Philadelphia-based band that has been touring for the past 10 years. Its newest album, The Tipping Point, was released last summer.

Robbins says the band’s style “has been compared to that typical of jazz, but has never been unrecognizable as hip hop. The Roots are also especially well known for their great lyricism.”

Amy Ahart ’97, assistant director of student life programs, says that hopefully the band will appeal to a wide spectrum of tastes, describing its music as urban with elements of reggae.

“The Roots were chosen because they have a reputation for putting on a good show, but they cross the lines so a lot of different music lovers can appreciate them,” she says.

According to Ahart, the process of choosing a band can be rather complex. The selection is begun with a list of bands that are doing a tour of college campuses in the spring. Then the members of LAF discuss the choices with different groups on campus to narrow down the list.

“Before making an offer to The Roots we consulted a number of students on campus along with local radio stations and newspapers to see what genres and specific artists would appeal to Lafayette students and members of the surrounding community. We received a great response to The Roots. We also received excellent feedback from other schools and production companies that have worked with the group,” says Robbins.

She says that the group should be a nice change from concerts in previous years that featured OAR and Counting Crows.

The concert is sponsored by both LAF and Student Government. Tickets went on sale March 21 at the College Bookstore, the Office of Student Life Programs, Utopia of Easton, Speedy’s of Allentown, Play it Again Sam of Bethlehem, online at, and by credit card over the phone at 610-330-5337 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays at $18 for Lafayette students and staff and $23 for the general public.

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