MARCH 12, 2011 * 20TH INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION. Hamazkayin Eastern USA and chapters are organizing a performance series in Boston, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia. Held under the auspices of H.E. Tatoul Markarian, the ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the U.S. Supported by local Gomidehs in all towns and the chapters of ARS, AYF, and Homenetmen. Featuring Element Band (www.elementband.com). Element Band’s greatest aspiration has been to apply new styles and innovation to musical traditions. Under the direction of Ara Dabandjian, the band’s music has met that challenge and has gained a unique identity in the process. The bold arrangements partner rock melodies, traditional Armenian, and the sounds of the Mediterranean. Fiery and passionate notes waft in and out of the music with pulsing cadences, infusing listeners with a unique and upbeat energy. Its eight members, including three vocalists, come to life through the use of unique instruments, trademark arrangements, and a rare chemistry, to make their performance unparalleled. For the NJ/NY/PA area—Begins at 7:30 p.m. at Dwight Englewood School, 315 Palisade Ave. in Englewood, N.J. To purchase tickets ($35, $50), visit http://www.itsmyseat.com or call Sona (NJ) at (201) 334-8658, Vartuhi (Philly) at (215) 233-1440, or Rita (NY) at (718) 459-4298. For the DC/VA area—Begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Auditorium at Langley High School, 6520 Georgetown Pike, Mc Lean, Va. To purchase tickets ($30), visit http://www.itsmyseat.com or call Lila at (703) 734-0372 or Karine at (301) 770-8765.