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Wham, bam, thank you, fans

Mark Lokan says that since he opened his Spring Hill music store, Music Bum, more than two years ago, he has had plenty of reasons to thank the community.

To that end, Lokan has arranged Bum Fest IV, a free outdoor concert by several local bands this weekend with free food and drinks for 200.

"We'll have every kind of music, from classic rock to punk rock to country," said Lokan. "It's a little bit for everybody."

Bands slated to perform are Baker Act, No Luck, Elston Gunnn and Psytryk. This weekend will mark the fourth time Lokan, of Spring Hill, has staged such an event to thank his customers.

Though he is a former member of the now-defunct band Soupstone, Lokan said most of his musical contacts have been made since he opened the store. Selling electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, drums and other instruments, he said, has opened the door to an entire musical community.

"This place is packed with people taking lessons," he said. "That's a lot of people for me to thank."

Elston Gunnn features a second generation of the Bellamy family, Jesse and Noah Bellamy, along with Bob Massicotte and Ken Grube. Based at the Bellamy Brothers Ranch in Pasco County, the group has a different sound than the country that Bellamy Brothers fans are used to.

"Kenny is one of my drum instructors," said Lokan. "That's how I met a lot of the bands. We've got a terrific lineup."

Besides live music, the afternoon event will feature a pig roast and plenty of free food, Lokan said.

"It's going to be a big feast," he said. "I hope everybody comes down to check us out."

Performers will be under a large tent, he said, and visitors are encouraged to bring a chair.

Bum Fest will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday outside the Music Bum music store, Candlewick Plaza, 3511 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Admission and refreshments are free. Call 684-3511.

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