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BRIEFS Choruses compete this weekend

Sweet Adelines from throughout the Upper Midwest will gather at Mayo Civic Center this weekend for a regional singing competition.

Choruses from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Manitoba will participate. Friday's competition starts at 5 p.m., with Saturday's competition starting at noon. Two local choruses, Zumbro Valley Chorus and Simply Magic, will compete, as well as international winner City of Lakes Chorus from Minneapolis.

Tickets for each session are $15 at the door. For more information, visit www.regionsix.org.

Lounge hosts rock fusion band

Stand at the Door, a Twin Cities-based rock fusion power trio billed as "an entertaining alternative to the type of music presently played on popular radio," will play Friday at the Ultra Lounge.

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The band -- Pete McCauley on guitar, vocals and harmonica, drummer Matthew Abroe and James Towns on bass and vocals -- mixes original and cover material from a broad base of influences. Opening the show will be Rightaway.

Ultra Lounge is at 320 First Ave. S.W. in Rochester. Doors open at 8 p.m. Music starts at 9:30 p.m. No cover.

For more information about the band, visit www.standatthedoor.com.

Band will have Austin singing the blues

City Pages music critics named Lamont Cranston the Best Twin Cities Blues Band for the last two years. Now, Austin blues fans can hear the band's award-winning style for themselves April 30 at the Paramount Theatre.

The Lamont Cranston Blues Band, which has also won several Minnesota Music Awards and was inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, will play at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $12 in advance, available at the Paramount Theatre box office, 434-0934, Tone Music in Albert Lea, the service counter at Hy-Vee in Austin. At the door tickets will be $14. The Paramount Theatre is located at 125 Fourth Ave. N.E.

For more information, visit www.paramounttheatre.org or www.lamontcranston.com.

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Concert benefits villages hit by tsunami

A benefit concert to raise money to buy new fishing boats for tsunami-stricken villages in southeast Asia will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lourdes Chapel of Assisi Heights in Rochester.

The Center Street Singers from Lourdes High School, gospel singer Anthony Cook and vocal trio Bellissima will perform. Prelude and postlude will be performed by violinist Joan Elkins and pianist LaVonne Fischer. Speaker will be relief worker Nish Gunawarden, a native of Sri Lanka.

A fishing boat can be replaced for $500 and provide a family and village with means of a livelihood. A free-will offering will be collected, with all proceeds going to the Fishing Boat Project of the American Refugee Committee. For information, visit www.archq.org.

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