Arts and Entertainment

Reggae band takes stage for SEF

Third World Band takes to the 7 Cedars Casino stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, as a benefit for the Sequim Education Foundation. Seven Cedars Casino is at 270756 Highway 101, Blyn.

"Third World will be in Seattle on their 35th anniversary celebration tour," group business manager Danny Binswanger said, "and we want to do a concert in

Sequim to benefit public school children."

Third World Band is one of the longest running reggae bands performing music that's been described as "cutting edge," "positive," "progressive" and "internationally relevant." The group is celebrating its 35th year with an international tour.

Formed in 1973, the band has released 22 albums as well as solo projects from lead singer Bunny Rugs and guitarist Stephen "Cat" Coore.

They have received numerous awards including the New York City Ambassador Award in 2009, the United Nations Peace Medal in 1986, and the 1992 and 1996 Jamaica Music Industry Awards for Best Show Band as well as 10 Grammy nominations.

Additionally, the group has worked and collaborated with top acts such as

the Jackson Five, Bob

Marley and the Wailers and Stevie Wonder.

"We are very pleased to be the benefactors of Third World Band's generosity," said Dick Hughes, Sequim Education Foundation president.

Proceeds received from the group's Aug. 4 performance helps support the foundation's annual engineering challenge and student film festival, grant programs for students and teachers.

For more information about the foundation, see www.sequimeducation

foundation.org.

For more information about Third World Band, see www.thirdworldband.com.



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