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Local folk venues rev up again

Acoustic and folk musicians are among the perfomers on the schedule in Crystal River and Dunnellon.

The two local folk and acoustic music venues _ the Studio Arts Center in Crystal River and the Sunday Sampler in Dunnellon _ are reviving their concert schedules after a summer hiatus.

At the Studio, 114 NE Fifth St., the Jalepeno Brothers, a duo of electric and acoustic guitars known for its improvisational, jamming folk sounds, performs at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Other acts scheduled at the Studio are:

+ Bob Rafkin and Kate Carpenter at 8 p.m. Aug. 28. Rafkin is a talented fingerstyle guitarist and songwriter. A former Los Angeles session musician, he worked with Joni Mitchell. He has also numerous credits in PBS soundtracks. Since moving to Florida in 1991, he has focused his attention on playing different venues, exposing audiences to his award-winning guitar style and to his two CDs. Down This Road was released in 1994 and Out Of Jericho in 1996. Carpenter sings humoruous and childrens' songs.

+ The Ashley Gang, recent third-place winners of the Best New Florida Song Contest, sponsored by the Will McLean Foundation, will peform at 8 p.m. Sept. 25. The band features folksinger Al Scortino.

+ A return appearance by Myriad will be at 8 p.m. Oct. 2. Myriad is one of the hottest folk bands in Florida, carving out their reputation with thrilling vocal harmonies and exciting guitar arrangements. The band recently released an independent CD, New Strings. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Mike Jurgensen of Clearwater was the first place winner of this year's Best New Florida Song contest.

+ Fingerstyle guitarist Clyde Walker of Homosassa performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Walker, a Homosassa resident, is an exceptionally talented guitarist who is known for his covers of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis compositions.

The Studio is an alcohol- and smoke-free coffeehouse, now in its fifth year of existence in Crystal River. It hosts open mic nights Fridays and on Saturdays when there is no concert scheduled. Admission for concerts are $6. Call Tom Ellis at 795-2615 for information.

The Sunday Sampler, held at the Dunnellon Lions Clubs every other Sunday from 2:30 to 5 p.m., will also present some exciting acoustic performers.

+ The Blues Country Band performs at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 12. The band is fronted by Dobroist and fingerstyle guitarist Art Crummer, with guitarist and singer Nancy Levine also contributing some blues vocals. The four piece group also features a harmonica player and acoustic bass player.

+ The Sno Rogers Band performs on Sept. 26. The band uses a traditional bluegrass lineup, but re-interprets bluegrass music into a more improvisational contemporary style.

+ Singer and songwriter Marie Nofsinger performs Oct. 10. Nofsinger is a veteran folk performer and has headlined many festivals and coffeehouses.

+ Hot Flash, a Tampa-based quartet that plays old-time folk music on a variety of instruments, performs Oct. 24.

+ Fingerstyle guitarist Sam Pacetti from St. Augustine performs Nov. 14. Pacetti is a guitar wizard and tours nationally, performing at major festivals throughout the states.

Admission for the concerts is $5. For more information, call 489-2181.