LEWISTON — Matching Orange, a new high-energy folk band from the Boston area, will make its first performance at the monthly Bates College contradance at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9.

Contradancers of all levels are encouraged to attend; dances will be taught and called by Tavi Merrill. Beginners are invited to join a workshop at 7:30 p.m., also in Chase Hall Lounge.

A trio, Matching Orange uses guitar, mandolin, piano, fiddle and vocals. Maintaining its roots in folk music, the band includes hints of jazz, classical and other musical traditions while keeping the strong beats that dancers crave.

Matching Orange strives for minimalism while bringing to the dance floor a mix of sound that is equally at home in front of a sedentary audience. Learn more at www.matchingorange.com/.

Contradancing is a social dance genre whose participants dance in groups, rather than as couples, and move through intricate patterns and changes of partner. Particularly popular in New England, contradance has its roots in 17th- and 18th-century dances from England and France.

Admission is $5. The contradance will be held in Chase Hall Lounge, 56 Campus Ave.


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