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Thursday, July 29, 2004 10:51 pm

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Posamist. Cinco de Mayo. Friday, 9pm.

Feeling lost and confused, cast adrift in a sea of fests, fairs, fries, and other assorted outdoor music events? Pull yourself together, friend. You'll need your wits about you to navigate the many out-of-doors musical experiences that lie dead ahead.

First comes the Divernon Homecoming, with Strange Brew, Lost Boys, and Hot Property on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, respectively. Late Arrival then rocks the Chatham Knights of Columbus' Summerfest at Lake Springfield on Saturday. Up in Lincoln at the Logan County fair, Debbie Ross makes a rare appearance in her hometown on Wednesday. To top off the bucolic bashes, Cats on Holiday reunite at the 20th anniversary party for the Four Seasons on Saturday. The Cats went through a few personnel changes during their stay as our area's top band of the late 20th century. John Taylor and John Sluzalis drummed early on, Jim Lanier played bass, and Frank Huston guitar-slung in the final phase of the group. Andon "Ted" Davis and Perry Zubeck were there from beginning to end and Joe T. and Rick Snow formed the B & D section for the majority of the Cats run. Brian Moore was an integral part of the group, as was soundman Ric "Skippy" Major. A few months ago at the music memorial service for Toomey Bonardelli, the Cats got together as a tribute to their former fan, publicity man, and sometime singer. As Perry put it, "the juices just flowed," and without playing together for several years the guys clicked again. From that show, the inevitable reunion gig came. Rick Snow's son, Jordan, a student at Milliken University, opens the show around 8 p.m. with his college pal group, Infinity Room.

It just so happens a couple of Cats alumni are gigging around town this weekend. Frank Huston, still recovering from his recent appearance on the front page of the SJ-R, rolls his well-oiled quartet into the Trading Post Saloon on Saturday. John Sluzalis is slapping the skins for Diversity on Friday at Lime Street Café. Good news for aspiring drummers: Mr. Sluzalis has taken up residency at the new Samuel's Music store on West Wabash to indoctrinate the young with the proper technique for grooving the universe.

Here come some fresh faces on the music scene. On Saturday, Friday Nite, a band of PORTA high school chums who made it through college and are still playing, work their way through jazz, blues, rock, and original music at the Third Berry-Lincoln Tavern in Petersburg. Next Wednesday, The Pacemakers, BHS,and Stereo 7, play a delightful mix of adolescent music at Skank Skates around 6 p.m. acustcthree throws a CD pre-release party at Club 10 just south of Bradfordton, and invited J.A.C.K. & Mike Ingram to join them onstage.

How long can you tread water?

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