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Annual jazz festival

returns to Pleasant Hill

PLEASANT HILL - The largest high school-hosted jazz festival in the Pacific Northwest, the Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival, returns Saturday.

Preliminary competition runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the finals start at 7 p.m. An all-day pass is $7.

Events take place at 36386 Highway 58, Pleasant Hill. This year's schedule includes 60 bands and vocal ensembles, with 37 solo and combo entries.

Read an archived story about the event at www .registerguard.com/ticketfiles. For more about the 2007 festival, see www .pleasanthilljazzfest.org.

Slug queen ball slimes up

Saturday at Cozmic Pizza

Reigning Slug Queen Slug- retha Latifah Uleafa Gastropodia Jackson will hold her Queen's Ball on Saturday at Cozmic Pizza.

The event, a benefit for FOOD for Lane County, starts at 7 p.m. at 199 W. Eighth Ave.

The sponsoring Society for the Legitimization of the Ubiquitous Gastropod encourages participants to dress up. The ball will feature performances by Accordions Anonymous, Dr. D. & the Santa Supplanters, Sweet Papa Low Down and the Edison Elementary School Choir.

Admission is three nonperishable food items and a donation of $3 to $12 for the musicians.

Finger-style guitarist

to perform at Luna

Nashville finger-picking legend Buster B. Jones will play at 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Luna.

Tickets are $5. Luna is at 30 E. Broadway.

Jones is widely considered the best finger-style acoustic guitarist alive today, a news bio says. He was the 1990 winner of the National Fingerpicking Championship in Winfield, Kan.

Jones never took formal lessons. "My goal as a player is to expand these perimeters and express what I feel musically," he says in the bio.

- The Register-Guard
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 20, 2007
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