FROSTBURG — On the EDGE, part of the 2019-2010 Cultural Events Series at Frostburg State University, will once again include cutting-edge performers who stretch the boundaries of their art forms.

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., and aside from the Sept. 26 performance, will take place in the Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall of FSU’s Lane University Center, which features informal table seating, comfortable couch and armchair seating, and food and beverage options.

A free On the EDGE performance of the Minneapolis-based band Malamanya celebrates the spirited rhythms and melodies of Cuba and Latin America, headed by bandleader Tony Schreiner and vocalist Zusel Balbin. The Sept. 26 event takes place at the Clock Tower Quad on the FSU campus. Tickets are not required. In the event of rain, the performance will be held in Lane Manicur Hall.

On Oct. 24, the series will present “beatbox-sax” musician Derek Brown. Crossing genres from jazz to classical to funk, without looping or electronic effects, Brown’s unique playing style has been hailed by music critics from National Public Radio, Downbeat Magazine and Jazziz. The event features guest appearances from the FSU Jazz Orchestra and jazz faculty members from FSU’s Department of Music.

Folk singer and songwriter Crys Matthews will perform as part of On the EDGE on Feb. 27. Matthews, who was awarded the grand prize at Lincoln Center’s NewSong Music Competition, writes songs about love and life that often explore cultural and social justice themes. The event is supported by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Las Vegas quintet The Lique will deliver an On the EDGE performance on April 16. The group mixes rap, jazz, soul and funk for an upbeat, interactive performance. Las Vegas Weekly proclaimed, “if anyone can get a crowd pumped, it’s Rasar Amani and his funky, sharp-dressed, jazzy hip-hop crew.”

On the EDGE tickets go on sale Aug. 26. Tickets may be ordered by visiting ces.frostburq.edu or by calling 866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137. Member, military and group discount rates are also available. The box office, located in the Lane University Center, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CES is supported in part by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. CES is sponsored in part by the city of Frostburg.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a voice relay operator at 800-735-2258. 

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