MARCH 11, 2011 * 20TH INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION: ELEMENT BAND CONCERT. 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. Begins at 7:30 p.m. at Hovnanian Hall of the Armenian Cultural and Educational Center (ACEC), 47 Nichols Ave. in Watertown, Mass. To purchase tickets ($35), visit http://www.itsmyseat.com or call Tatul (Boston) at (617) 331-0426 or Dickranouhie (Providence) at (401) 556-9979.