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CorrespondentJuly 11, 2013 

Peter Rowan brings his jazz-blues-grass and folk fusions to Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh.

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    • Also Friday, Dale Watson and the Lonestars bring their Texas brand of honky-tonk to the N.C. Museum of Art, and Bethesda Bluegrass Band performs at Bynum Front Porch. On Saturday, country star Luke Bryan sings his hits at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek. The show also features Thompson Square and Florida Georgia Line. Also Saturday, the N.C. Museum of Art welcomes Canada’s acclaimed folk group, the Duhks.

Peter Rowan’s pedigree extends across genres but is rooted in first-generation bluegrass learned from his mentor, Bill Monroe. In the 1960s, Rowan enjoyed a three-year stint as guitarist, singer and songwriter with Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. His jazz-blues-grass and folk fusions, including Earth Opera, Seatrain, Free Mexican Airforce, Old and in the Way, along with a prolific solo career, established Rowan as a bona fide legend of roots-based music. Friday, Lincoln Theatre hosts Rowan’s Twang ’n Groove, a musical tour de force described as “Rhythm and Blues meets Reggae at an all-day Bluegrass pickin’ party.” Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; show starts at 8. $15-$18. lincolntheatre.com

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