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Sara Softich & Jason Wussow
Shugas, 702 S. Cascade Ave. Monday, Aug. 2, 6 -7:30 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m. Free

She's a little bit alt-country, he's a little bit rock & roll ... and jazz and ska and folk. Together, Sara Softich and Jason Wussow are a musical force to behold coming all the way from Duluth, Minn. An acoustic duo that normally appears in the bands No Room to Pogo and The Sara Softich Band, Softich and Wusso will be displaying their diverse talents on Aug. 2 at local hipster favorite Shuga's.

While Wussow is known to rock the acoustic guitar, mandolin, bass and harmonica, Softich (on acoustic guitar and fiddle) is the one who has been called "musically promiscuous" by the press. Apparently, musical promiscuity leads to really great, inventive tracks. The first song on No Room to Pogo's CD Speed ("Everything Ends") manages to slide easily from funk to Phish-like jams to reggae.

The tour is to promote Speed as well as One Week Live, a collection of local acts from Wussow's coffeehouse, Beaner's Central. The bands (Caf Accordian, Jistoray, and Hattie Peterson, among others) cover enough ground (alt-country, funk, a lot of acoustic guitar, even Alpha Centauri's surprising mix of Radiohead and My Bloody Valentine) for the album to be a superb sampler and, perhaps, even inspire a trip to Minnesota.

-- Kara Luger


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