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Arts and crafts and a whole lotta music
Stokeswood is at Loco's Grill & Pub Oct. 8


At 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7

Wormhole Bar, 2307 Bull St. Free

Every time Eric Sommer plays around here, inevitably someone comes up to me the next day and says "Man, did you see that incredible acoustic guitarist last night?" I've been preaching the gospel of Sommer (pictured) for a while now.

Originally from Boston, he now has no permanent residence - it's just him and the van and a bunch of guitars, playing gig after gig after gig around the country. He plays in open and standard tunings, has the digital dexterity of Leo Kottke, and his bottleneck slide work will stun you.

This event is the second in a series of art, craft and music shows at the Wormhole (art, crafts, handmade and upcycled objects). Others performing tonight include hard-hitting and humorous Free Candy, and the "art/sound" group that calls itself New Pink Floyd. The evening closes out with an open jam.


Starts at noon Saturday, Oct. 8

Tantra Lounge, 8 E. Broughton St. Free

All ages until 9 p.m.

Nicole Edge, the drummer for Free Candy, organized this 15-hour event, a benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. A dozen artists and craftspeople will be set up selling their stuff, with 10 percent of profits going to the cause, and local businesses and restaurants have donated things for a raffle - and all raffle ticket sales will benefit the cancer research organization.

The music is a healthy cross-section of rock, punk, pop, acoustic and more - the Tallahassee-based quirk-pop group the Popheads (pictured), and Asheville's Big Money Band, are the out-of townies.

Here's the schedule: 1-2 p.m.: Dancing by Rueda De Sabor, Ilyssa Galloway, Raluca Ghiban and Cairo on the Coast; 3-3:45 p.m.: Lovely Locks; 4:30-5:15: Sincerely, Iris; 6-7 p.m.: Wooden Nickel; 7:15-8 p.m. Each and Every Opus; 8:30-10 p..m.: The Big Money Band; 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.: General Oglethorpe and The Panhandlers w/ The Popheads; 1-2 a.m. Free Candy. See the event's Facebook page for more.