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Hernando Park will resonate with picks, strums

BROOKSVILLE — For anyone with an appetite for local musical talent, the September Bandshell Bash has something to offer.

The Acoustic Guitar Club of Spring Hill will headline Saturday's event, which is 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hernando Park band shell.

The club has performed at the bash before, just never as a headliner.

"We have worked with them before, and we felt it was time for them to headline the concert," said Brian Brijbag, a concert organizer.

He said it will be the first time an acoustic group has headlined a Bandshell Bash concert.

Guitar club founder Ken Larsson said the group has been together about four years.

"We've played at the (Spring Hill Garden Club) Botanical Gardens, for retirement homes, and at (Weeki Wachee) Swamp Fest last year," Larsson said.

The club is open to musicians of all playing levels. Some have been playing for just a few years, others for much longer.

"I am a child of the '50s," said co-founder Curt Clark, "and I went to college in the '60s. Folk music, like Peter, Paul and Mary, was the popular music, so I decided to pick up the acoustic guitar. I stopped playing after college but picked it up again about 10 years ago. Now that I am retired, it is something to pass the time and that you can never learn enough of."

Larsson had a slightly different reason for picking up the instrument.

"The Beatles were the big thing, and all the girls liked them," he said, "so I started a rock and roll band. That is when I started gravitating towards the acoustic guitar."

Eighteen members plan to perform at Saturday's concert, and music will include show tunes, Johnny Cash, the Beatles and some material that members wrote themselves.

"We have one called the Spring Hill Blues," Clark said. "We usually save that one for last."

The concert is just one part of the bash. The Brooksville Cruise-In will feature an antique car and motorcycle show, and free swing dancing lessons will be offered.

If you go

The Spring Hill Acoustic Guitar Club will headline the Hernando County Fine Arts Council's September Bandshell Bash, which runs 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville.

The free family outdoor concert also will include the Brooksville Cruise-In, an antique hot rod car and motorcycle show, and an array of vendors.

For information, call Mary Jane Russell at (352) 754-4788.

Hernando Park will resonate with picks, strums 09/11/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 11, 2008 5:37pm]
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