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'Know Your Neighbor' concert series back for encore presentation

October 30, 2009

For the second year in a row, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus is using the power of music to connect students, faculty and staff with the local community.

The “Know Your Neighbor Concert Series” promotes local music with downtown venues, and is designed to introduce students to each other and the community where they live. The free series, which is open to the public, starts this week and runs throughout the month of November.

“This is an exciting opportunity for ASU’s student body, faculty and staff to explore their communities and meet their neighbors. This series was created through an initiative to respond to the communities’ desire to see and meet our students in their venues and at their events,” said Malissa Geer, Community Engagement Liaison for the Office of the Vice President and Dean of the College of Public Programs at the Downtown Phoenix campus. “Using music, local venues and festivals is an innovative way for ASU to continue to integrate within our rich and vibrant community. It uniquely demonstrates our shared commitment of social embeddedness. ASU students and the community are working together to coordinate this really fun experience!”

The series kicks off with at 7 p.m., Nov. 6 at the Paisley Violin, 1028 Grand Ave., Phoenix. Castles Made of Sand, a group comprised of two local ASU students, Spencer Gefroh and Weston Michl, will headline the five-hour music showcase.

The concert series includes:

• First Friday Jam Session, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., Nov. 6, 1028 Grand Avenue, Phoenix

• Local First Arizona Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 7, 1651 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix

• Roosevelt Row Green Streets Fall Festival, 6 to 10 p.m., Nov. 13, between Fourth and Seventh streets on East Roosevelt Road, Phoenix

• Spanish Festival and Spanish Market, The Heard Museum, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 15, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

• Kasama Film, Reception and Tour, Phoenix Art Museum, 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 18, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

• 3rd Friday Concert, Civic Space Park, 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 20, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix