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Big bluegrass extravaganza

If Irish and Finnish don't thrill you -- or even if you just want to pack more folk music into your St. Pat's weekend -- you might try bluegrass. Three well-known Minnesota bluegrass bands will come together Sunday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m...

If Irish and Finnish don't thrill you -- or even if you just want to pack more folk music into your St. Pat's weekend -- you might try bluegrass. Three well-known Minnesota bluegrass bands will come together Sunday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fitger's Spirit of the North Theater.

Duluth's own Fish Heads will join the Middle Spunk Creek Boys and the Platte Valley Boys from the Twin Cities.

"We all know each other from the bluegrass circuit," said Kim Curtis-Monson, who plays mandolin among other instruments for the Fish Heads. "... For us, it's just a blast."

"Everybody does a little different kind of music," she added.

And how. She says the Fish Heads is the most untraditional group -- they play music from the Bee Gees and Steve Miller, all with a bluegrass flavor. They lead off the show.

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Up next are the Platte Creek Boys. Curtis-Monson says they are pretty traditional and play good Gospel. The Middle Spunk Creed Boys, who finish out the show, have about a 25 year history together.

"They do some original stuff; they have some writers within the band," Curtis-Monson said. "They're also more of a traditional band, but all great instrumentalists."

Tickets for the event are $12 at the door and $10 in advance, available through Rosewood Music, 394 Lake Avenue South No. 304. Call 720-6086 for details.

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