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Happenings: Kent Folk Fest

The time is nigh, local folk fans. The 46th annual Kent State Folk Festival is this week in Kent, Ohio. Concerts start tonight, while the WKSU Folk Alley 'Round Town is tomorrow night and the free community workshops are Saturday.

Banjo and old-time fans should pay particular attention to a few events Friday and Saturday.

First, during the 'Round Town on Friday, there is an open old-time jam from 5 to 8 p.m. (or later) at the Euro Gyro, sponsored by the Kent Shindig, a group that gathers monthly every first Sunday.

Also of note Friday are performances by old-time banjo player Shelby Bondzio from 3:30 to 5:50 p.m. at Kent Free Library, local old-time musicians Joe LaRose and Lynn Fredrick from 6 to 9 p.m. at Woodsy's Music, and the Mayfields start at 8 p.m. at Standing Rock Cultural Arts. Check the schedule for many others, from a wide range of genres.

Saturday's schedule includes clogging workshops by Charlie Burton with music by Marilyn and Tom Lashuay at noon and 1 p.m., a banjo workshop by Mark Olitsky from 12:30 to 1:30 at the Downtown Gallery, and "Chinese Meets Old-Time" from 3 to 4 p.m.

Since the workshops are not at the Kent State campus this year, informal jamming space will be limited to outdoor locations. There will be organized slow and open jams at Euro Gyro starting at noon. Look for other musicians jamming elsewhere around downtown. Bring a chair and join in.

For more information, check out our "sneak peak" from last month.

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