Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Sagapool, a six-piece band from Montreal, Thursday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or by sending e-mail to jsullivan@unity.edu.

With its contagious joie de vivre and its vibrant music, Sagapool has created an original and dazzling repertoire that reflects the colorful influences of Montreal’s cultural mosaic. Conceived in the hallways of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal on a sunny day in 1999, the band previously known as Manouche recently celebrated its ninth year with the release of its third album.

Guitar, double bass, accordion, percussions, banjo, glockenspiel, Rhodes, violin, clarinet and piano all shine in the hands of these multi-talented instrumentalists. These days, Sagapool lets its music travel without borders and preserves the free spirit and exuberance of its first loves —gypsy music, gypsy swing and klezmer — while adding ska, Latin and folk rhythms.

Next up at the Centre is a free National Poetry Month celebration featuring internationally renowned poet Lewis Putnam Turco Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m.; for more information, call 948-7469 or visit unity.edu/uccpa.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or dernest@villagesoup.com.