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Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019 12:06 am

DON’T FRET

The Illinois State Museum is chock full of interesting stuff to see, ponder and sometimes hear. Next week likely will prove a delight for all the senses as Bryan Bowers is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 as part of the Music At The Museum concert series, which brings oft-overlooked acts to the museum on the second Thursday of each month for rock bottom prices. In this case, it will take just $10 ($8 if you’re a museum member or less than 12 years old) to see one of the planet’s best players of the autoharp, an instrument played, if not mastered, by such mainstream artists as Brian Jones and Janis Joplin. Both are deceased, but the autoharp – think an Appalachian version of an accordion – lives on, thanks in part to Bowers, who grew up in rural Virginia and learned firsthand a love for folk, nowadays better known as traditional, music. It’s not plugged-in stuff, but it’s real and it will make you smile and tap your feet, even if you’re not the sort to smile or tap your feet.

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