January 11, 2018

Mexican jazz band Troker to perform in Purdue Memorial Union on Feb. 2

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Mexican jazz band Troker will perform in the Purdue Memorial Union ballrooms on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations with support from Student Concert Committee and the Student Fee Advisory Board. 

Ticket holders are invited to purchase tickets to the pre-show dinner hosted by the Sagamore Room from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. More information is available at www.convocations.org/dinner

If Salvador Dali had ever made a heist movie, Troker would have provided the soundtrack — with a style that careens between the sublime and dangerous. Metal riffs meet fatback grooves. DJ scratches trade lines with horns. Befitting their name — derived from a northern Mexico word for pickup trucks and trailers — Troker does not perform jazz for elevators. Their music rides the line with high horsepower and both greased-up hands on the wheel. Troker burst onto Guadalajara’s jazz scene in 2004, seized the lapels of the jazz and world music scenes with its debut album, 2007’s Jazz Vinil, and continued its crazily creative evolution on 2010’s El Rey Del Camino, 2014’s Crimen Sonoro, and 2016’s 1919 Música para Cine. The muscular, mysterious sound of these cultural messengers has since been heard at South by Southwest, Glastonbury, and the Monterey Jazz Festival in California. Troker is also the only Mexican band officially selected to perform at both the World Music Expo and Germany’s Jazzahead festival. Theirs is a sound influenced by Zappa and Zapata, Miles Davis and the Mars Volta, Pink Floyd and Perez Prado. Inside Troker’s psychedelic headspace, jazz, rock, klezmer, funk, cumbia, and mariachi music all knock back a few shots together—for a long, wild night where you’ll be pulled out of your comfort zone and onto the dance floor. 

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group tickets are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit https://purdue.edu/convocations/group-sales/.

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 30-40 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, (765)494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu

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