Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present OLAS Friday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds from this performance will go to Unity Barn Raisers.

Heavily influenced by Andalusian flamenco and Arabic folk music, translated through a blend of American folk, rock, Arabic and Afro-Cuban sounds, OLAS is an original, all acoustic mash-up of very raw and passionate music and dance, complete with songs sung in Spanish; original, non-traditional dance choreography; and traditional instruments such as the cajon, oud, ney and guitar.

The musicians of OLAS come from a rich and diverse musical scene based in Portland. Chriss Sutherland and Tom Kovacevic hail from Cerberus Shoal and Fire on Fire; Dylan Blanchard from Portland’s premier salsa band Grupo Esperanza; and Leif Sherman Curtis from Conifer, who has released two records on Important Records. Dancers Lindsey Bourassa and Megan Keogh come from an eclectic dance background that includes ballet, modern, jazz, salsa and flamenco. And palmeras Molly Angie and Anna Trunzo are Portland artists who have spent the past year learning and performing the palmas rhythms inherent to the music of OLAS.

Tickets are $15. Next up at Unity College Centre will be a Cape Breton kitchen party concert featuring Colin Grant with Jason MacDonald and Adam Young Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. ($15). For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.