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APSU Department of Theatre and Dance to host Latin Grammy Award winners Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, Latin Grammy winners Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band will perform in Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Theatre as this spring’s APSU Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence recipients.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – At 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8, Latin Grammy winners Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band will perform in Austin Peay State University’s Trahern Theatre as this spring’s APSU Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence recipients.

Established in 1985 by the legendary “King of Country Music” Roy Acuff, the chair is an endowed professorship designed to bring regionally and nationally acclaimed artists together with students, faculty and community members in a creative environment. The chair, administered through the APSU Center of Excellence in the Creative Arts, rotates each year between different creative arts department at APSU, with the Department of Theatre and Dance hosting it this year.

Band members Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, a married couple, create indie music sounds that are rooted in their whimsical and child-friendly imaginations. The songs on their five award-winning recordings offer an incredible range aimed at exploring the wonder of childhood. From their debut album “Luckiest Adventure” to their consecutive #1 songs and albums (“Oh Lucky Day,” “A Potluck”) and Latin Grammy award-winning album “¡FANTASTICO!,” they have enjoyed strong reviews and heavy radio rotation worldwide. “¡FANTASTICO!” brought the duo a new audience of families eager to immerse their children in dual languages right from the start.

As Acuff Chairs at APSU, Diaz and Gaddis will present a series of workshops for Theatre and Dance students during their residency. Gaddis has a successful line of monologue books, “Monologues That Are Actually Funny,” with the sixth book in the series being released soon.

Tickets for the April 8 concert are free and available on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact Marcus Hayes, director of Dance at APSU, at the Trahern Theatre box office at (931) 221-7379 or by emailing boxoffice@apsu.edu.