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Circle the wagons, string up the guitars and head to Sebastopol this weekend for the 18th annual Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival.

This year, festival director Kevin Russell (the Rhythm Rangers, Laughing Gravy) presents a wide-open range of music beyond bluegrass with western swing, modern folk and other worldly acoustic styles on hand.

The festival kicks off with Wake the Dead, who seamlessly blend Grateful Dead material with strains of a deep Celtic influence. The afternoon's lineup also features the swinging sounds of the Carolyn Sills Combo (pictured), Missy Raines & the New Hip and Joe Craven & the Sometimers closing out the daytime offerings.

Throughout the festival, attendees can partake in music workshops, classes and community jams. After a dinner break, the festival moves into phase two and embraces the bluegrass as the acclaimed John & the Jaybirds and Blue Summit headline the evening performance.

Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival takes place on Saturday, March 10, at Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. Noon to 10pm. $35-$40 full festival pass; $20-$25 evening only pass. Children 11 and under are free with adult admission. 707.824.1858. -Charlie Swanson

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