Vocalist, violinist, and Beirut native Georges Lammam brings his group — appropriately called the Georges Lammam Ensemble — to Fulkerson Hall tonight at 7 p.m. to present an evening of Arabic music and dance. Musicians in the ensemble will play traditional instruments like the delightfully expressive chordophonic oud — have I ever told you that I have an oud? Well I do, although if I am being honest, I can't really play it well — while local belly dancers Shoshanna and Laura Ayllon will provide the hypnotic midsection jigglin'. Advance tickets are $15, $10 students, while tickets at the door will be $5 more, so yalla yalla!
Later on in the evening over at the Arcata Theatre Lounge, you will find Los Angeles' own premiere good-time funk band Orgone busting out a groove for all of the local rug-cutters who know disco from Crisco and care about dancing to live jams. Will any of the featured instruments be the FDA-confiscated equipment that Wilhelm Reich pioneered to the ire of the evil and stuffy G-Men of mid-century America? Probably not but there's an easy way to find out at 9:30 p.m. ($23).