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The 2008-2009 Krannert Center season opens tonight with an in-lobby party featuring the Austin-based latin-infusion band, Grupo Fantasma. As has become tradition with Krannert opening weekend parties, the center transforms their generally peaceful hardwood lobby into an all-out dance party. Recent years have featured bands like North Mississippi Allstars (in conjunction with their bi-annual Wall2Wall Guitar Festival), and the Grammy-nominated band, Tiempo Libre.

The upcoming season will mirror efforts in the past to continue to diversify the eclectic nature of the Krannert programming that the community has come to expect in years past. Some highlights include K.D. Lang on October 14; Juan de Marco and the Afro-Cuban All Stars on March 18; Chick Corea and John McLaughlin on April 7; and Joshua Redman on May 2.

Information can be found at www.krannertcenter.com..