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Shake Rag Art and Culture Center features folk and bluegrass icon Peter Rowan

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Folk and Bluegrass icon Peter Rowan performs Saturday night as part of the Shake Rag Concert Series in Melrose.” credit=”Donna Green-Townsend / WUFT-FM

North Central Florida has a new “hot spot” for live acoustic performances and art exhibits.  The Shake Rag Art & Culture Center in Melrose not only showcases the original work of local artists, but a new concert series is drawing in audiences from around the state to the unique, historical building.  As Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend reports, this Saturday night the center is bringing  folk and bluegrass legendary performer, Peter Rowan to the stage.  It will be Rowan’s only Florida performance this year.  Rowan talked with Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend.  Short version:

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Long version:

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Shake Rag Art & Culture Center in Melrose, Florida.” credit=”Donna Green-Townsend / WUFT-FM

An historic church in the small community of Melrose just east of Gainesville is becoming “the” place to go for art exhibits, dances and concerts in North Central Florida.  Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Donna Green-Townsend takes us on a tour of the Shake Rag Art and Culture Center with the President of the organization, June Beverly, and the Music Director Joseph Saccocci.

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Stage inside the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center.

June Beverly, President of the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center with the Joseph Saccocci, Music Director of the Center.

Front windows of the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center.

President of the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center, June Beverly

Artwork is displayed on the walls of the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center.

Step risers even display local artwork at the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center.

A wide variety of artwork is on display at the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center.

One of the room displaying artwork at Shake Rag Art & Culture Center.

Art exhibited in Shake Rag Art & Culture Center.

Staff setting up exhibit in Shake Rag Art & Culture Center.

Front windows of Shake Rag Art & Culture Center in Melrose, FL.

Artwork displayed in the Shake Rag Art & Culture Center in Melrose, FL.

About Donna Green-Townsend

Donna is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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