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Trio plays for contra dancers

An acoustic trio called O'Shanigans will play for contra dancers from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., in Fayetteville. Sharon Perry will call the dances sponsored by Syracuse Country Dancers on the church's newly refinished dance floor. Admission costs $7. Dancers should bring clean shoes and a water bottle. All dances taught, No partner needed.

O'Shanigans is Tim Ball on fiddle, Phil Robinson on guitar and Mike Ludgate on mandolin. For info, call Ludgate at (607) 257-1765, or visit syracusecountrydancers.org.

Bluegrass meets Grateful Dead

Honed in the iron-laden foothills of the Adirondacks, the Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band incorporates new grooves along with the traditions of Bill Monroe's music. The Atkinsons perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday Nov. 13 at Kellish Hill Farm just outside Manlius. Admission costs $10.

The band sings songs about rural life, bitter bluegrass hollers about lost love and betrayal, gospel tunes lamenting lost souls and spooky minor-key murder ballads. They also cover contemporary tunes by Gillian Welch, Iris Dement and the Grateful Dead,

Kellish Hill Farms is at 3192 Pompey Center Road, 4.4 miles from Route 92 in Manlius; 682-1578; rhbamericana.com.

NoXcuse sings in Plainville

The Plainville Christian Church will host the nine-voice a cappella singing group NoXcuse at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 13, at the Plainville Christian Church Community Center, 752 W. Genesee Road, in Plainville, four-and-a-half miles west of Baldwinsville. Admission costs $5 general, students free.

For info, visit plainvilleucc.org, or call 720-4817.

Brunch with Los Blancos

Syracuse's award-winning blues quartet, Los Blancos, returns to perform Sunday brunches at Empire Brewing Co., 120 Walton St., in Armory Square, at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 and 21; 475-2337. Admission is free.

The band - guitarist Colin Aberdeen, keyboardist Mark Nanni, drummer Mark Tiffault and bassist Steve Winston - will play music from their first-ever acoustic disc, "Taj for Breakfast."

If you're more comfortable catching the Blanco boys under the cover of darkness, they play at 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, at The Beginning II, 6897 Bridge St., in East Syracuse. Call 463-5080 for the cover charge.

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