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ContraForce to ignite dancers with back-to-back concerts
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ContraForce in concert

When: 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Evening performances at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville; Afternoon performance on downtown square

Cost: $10 adults (or $17 for both nights), $5 for teens and $3 for nondancers, children free; Free on Saturday afternoon

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Contra dancers may get carried away with the music two nights in a row.

ContraForce and Jesse Edgerton will perform from 8-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday for the monthly contra dance at First Baptist Church’s Family Life Center in Gainesville. An added bonus will be ContraForce’s free concert from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday on the downtown square.

The three-piece band includes the bowing arm of Andrae Raffield, the palms of drummer and saxophone player Joey Dorwart, and the acoustic and electric guitar onslaught of Jimi “Two Nails” Periano. Raffield and Dorwart were old hands at the contra band scene, having made the muscial rounds at Anna’s Bananas, Shady Groove and other arrangements for more than 15 years before they struck out on their own to explore their new and exciting vision of contra music. But they knew they needed one more member to complete the trinity.

After months of coaxing, Jimi Two Nails joined and the trio merged traditional contra music with psychedelia, surf rock and metal to create ContraForce.

Tickets to the dance Friday and Saturday night are $10 for adults or $17 both nights; $5 for teens; $3 for non-dancers. Children may enter for free.

The noon concert is free.

Both evening dances will be at 751 Green St. NW, Gainesville. A beginners lesson will be from 7:30-8 p.m. Saturday only.

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