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Ecstatic Chant Artist Jai Uttal Returning in October

Sep 04, 2014 01:57AM
Making D.C. a priority stop on his fall 2014 tour, the celebrated call-and-response singer-guitarist Jai Uttal will perform at the Spectrum Theatre in Rosslyn October 23 at 7 p.m. Early bird tickets are on sale now until September 23 at

A joint presentation of Grace Productions and BuddhaFest, the program represents an invitation to experience how a dance club spirit can become even more liberating when evoked by ancient Sanskrit prayers instead of alcohol. Ecstatic chant is rooted in the Bhakti yoga tradition and, whether listening or joining in, the voices become a conduit for healing energy that makes a whole venue crackle with aliveness.

The late, great, trance-dance artist Gabrielle Roth once said of Uttal, "Jai is a shaman with wings big enough to carry us all to ecstasy. Singing [kirtan] with him is a transcendental train to everywhere you wanted to go."

Uttal will be joined by the Maryland-based, mantra musician Gaura Vani and other artists to offer a full-sound beat that ranges from ska to rockabilly to classical Indian, all the while invoking love, devotion, and the paradoxical inner strength found in surrender to something greater than oneself.

Early bird tickets: $25 until Sept. 23. Regular Tickets: $30. Location: Spectrum Theater, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington. More info and to purchase tickets, visit

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