December 20, 2018

Stefon Harris & Blackout to perform at Purdue on Jan. 18

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Vibraphonist Stefon Harris and his ensemble, Blackout, come to Loeb Playhouse on Jan. 18 for an 8 p.m. performance. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations as part of the Purdue Jazz Festival.

At 7 p.m., join composer, jazz pianist and music educator Judd Danby in the 1869 Tap Room for a discussion about the evening’s performance.

Lauded by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most important artists in jazz,” vibraphonist Stefon Harris returns to Purdue Convocations — this time with his ensemble, Blackout. So named for their rejection of traditional jazz definitions, Blackout embraces sleek, slinky soul, funk, hip-hop, and go-go — like Stevie Wonder rubbing elbows with George Gershwin and bop icons. It’s among many projects for Harris, in demand as a bandleader, sideman (for Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Ry Cooder, and Common, among others), teacher, and TED Talk thought leader. 

Enjoy this energetic kickoff to the 2019 Purdue Jazz Festival, with a performer The New Yorker called “the standout vibraphonist of his generation.” 

Tickets are $34 for adults and $24 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

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,

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