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BRIEFS Church hosts festival of music

Lee Afdahl and his musical friends will perform in the A Festival of Music concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at First Presbyterian Church of Rochester.

Afdahl, director of music at the church, will play organ, and will be joined by the Classic Brass Quintet, violinist Allan Dale, harpist Mary Schneekloth, flutist Nancy Osteraas, soprano Cynthia Dario-Good, trumpeter Christopher Jankowski, cellist Thomas Wiese and oboist Jennifer Taylor, the church's associate director of music.

Members of the Classic Brass Quintet are Ellington Bandel, Eric Straubmuller, Steve Williams, John Dahlen and Warren Bandel.

There is no admission charge; a free-will offering will be accepted.

The church is at 512 Third St. S.W.; 282-1618.

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Benefit concert, auction set for Saturday

"Why We Sing," the sixth-annual benefit concert and silent auction by the Northwestern Singers, will be Saturday at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Austin.

The silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. with the concert at 7 p.m.

On the program are performances by the Northwestern Singers, Forte, Austin High School Austinaires, Pacelli Singers, Pacelli Lyrix, the Pacelli Shamrock Singers, Banfield Elementary choir and the Brownsdale fourth and fifth grade choir.

Tickets are $8, available at Hy-Vee, Sterling Main Street and from any Northwestern Singers member. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Proceeds benefit the Northwestern Singers and the youth music groups that are performing.

Rockin' weekend awaits at pub

A weekend of rock is on tap at Kathy's Pub.

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The Mezcal Brothers, a roots rock and rockabilly band out of Lincoln, Neb., plays Friday.

Known for being entertainers, with greased up hair, flashy clothes and wild stage antics, the band is also serious about its music, even getting mentioned as one of the top rockabilly bands in the country by Goldmine Magazine. Information: www.mezcalbrothers.com.

Bascom Hill, an adventurous rock band named for the treacherous, ice-covered hill at the University of Wisconsin--Madison, will play Saturday.

The band says its sound "nods toward Jack Johnson but with more aggressive vocals" and embodies "Radiohead's willingness to take chances." Information: www.bascomhillband.com.

Kathy's is at 307 S. Broadway. Music starts at 9 p.m. both nights. No cover.

Fall concerts feature flair

Rochester Community &; Technical College music groups will present "Fall Flair" concerts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9-10 at Charles Hill Theatre on campus.

The Concert Band, Concert Choir, Aires and Jazz Band will perform. Tickets are $5 and are available in room CC401 of the College Center from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Tickets for the popular RCTC Christmas concerts, Nov. 30-Dec. 3, will go on sale at 8 a.m. Nov. 14. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for senior citizens, children and students. The concerts sell out each year.

For more information, call 285-7200.

Oak Center gets the blues

OAK CENTER -- Scottie Miller will play the blues at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Oak Center General Store.

Miller, who formerly played with Big John Dickerson and Blue Chamber, has released two albums of material that draw upon the music of New Orleans, from blues to funk to Cajun. The latest CD is "Days of Reckoning."

He has previously played at Oak Center with Paul Mayasich and the Benders.

Tickets are $5 to $15, patrons pay what they can afford. For reservations, send a check to Oak Center General Store, Route 1 Box 52BB, Lake City MN 55041.

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