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BRIEFS MiGGs comes to Rochester

MiGGs, a San Francisco Bay Area alternative rock band named an Emerging Artist for several dates on the Virgin College Mega Tour and ASA Actions Sports Tour, will play May 20 at the Ultra Lounge, 320 First Ave. S.W. in Rochester.

The band made its mark by selling more than 10,000 copies of its debut release from the back of a van -- literally. In addition to robust sales, the band's first CD "Anyway" earned MiGGs a Gibson endorsement and plaudits in Amplifier Magazine, billboard.com, starpolish.com and loudenergy.com.

To top the success of the debut, 33rd Street Records put out the band's sophomore album "InsOmnia" produced by Gavin MacKillop (Goo Goo Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, Sugarcult) with mix/engineer JC Convertino (Talking Heads, Miles Davis, Madonna) on March 22.

Better yet, the band's song "Be" was used to promote Fox's popular television drama "The O.C."

For more information, visit www.miggsband.com. For tickets call 292-7725.

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Choirs team up for spring concert

Rochester Area Girls Choir will present a spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at People of Hope Lutheran Church, 3703 Country Club Road S.W.

The choir will be joined by the Rochester Male Chorus for the concert. A free-will offering will be accepted.

A magical 'Variety in the Cities'

ST. PAUL -- Rochester magician Don Campbell is one of the performers at the St. Paul opening Sunday of Variety in the Cities, a variety show presenting a mix of magicians, mimes, storytellers, puppeteers and other artists.

Campbell's magic will be joined by the juggling of In Capable Hands and the physical artistry of the duo of Kirsten &; Renee at 2 p.m. at the Mounds Theater, 1029 Hudson Road.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children.

Join the 'Gathering' in Lanesboro

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LANESBORO -- Master old-time fiddlers, banjo players, guitarists and singers will converge on Lanesboro May 19-22 for the seventh annual Bluff Country Gathering.

The gathering features a concert by some of the leading artists in traditional music at 8 p.m. May 20 at the Lanesboro Community Center. In the lineup are cowboy singer Glenn Ohrlin and Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport, both recipients of the National Heritage Award. Other performers include fiddle and banjo duo Clare Milliner and Walt Koken, West Virginia singers Tracy Schwarz and Ginny Hawker and blues and jug band players Ron Cole and W.B. Reid.

Tickets are $10.

The weekend continues with an Old Time Barn Dance at 8 p.m. May 21 at the Lanesboro Community Center.

Admission is $7.

For more information, call (507) 498-5452.

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