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Two local virtuosos return

Two Northeast Ohio musicians who have earned national and international reputations as virtuosos are returning home to play this week. Phil Keaggy, who emerged as the guitarist for Glass Harp in the early '70s before enjoying a lengthy career in contemporary Christian music, will play at the Winchester at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $25. The Nashville-based musician has a new album called The Cover of Love, featuring love songs — both originals and his own versions of tunes like the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations."

A generation younger, 29-year-old trumpeter Dominick Farinacci came to the attention of trumpet superstar Wynton Marsalis while part ofTri-C's high school jazz program. He landed in New York after attending the Juilliard School there as a member of its first class of jazz majors. While he's in town as part of Tri-C Jazz Fest's seminar, Summer With the Jazz Masters, he'll be back at his old stomping ground, Nighttown, Friday for shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Music at Mahall's

Live music is no stranger to Mahall's 20 Lanes, the 87-year-old landmark bowling alley in Lakewood. But in the past, it was just an occasional treat. That's changed since December, when the facility was purchased by sisters Kelly and Emily Flamos and their husbands. While the owners have kept the two floors of '50s-style alleys intact, they've given the bar/restaurant and its menu a makeover, and turned the former pool room into a live music venue.

Purchasing the business from the original owner's son (who still comes to bowl), the quartet was able to slip in seamlessly without missing a day.

They started booking live music in March, reaching out to friends to find an eclectic mix of local, original indie rock, jazz, and blues bands as well as touring bands. They've also picked up a few of the noise acts that played across the street at the former Bella Dubby's.

"It's a mix of almost everything," says Kelly, "but predominantly local bands or small touring bands because we can't accommodate over 200 people. We booked Buckwheat Zydeco [July 22], so we hope to bring in a national act like that a couple of times a year."

On July 28, Mahall's will present the first LKWD Music Festival, an all-day event starting at 2 p.m. with nearly a dozen bands. New York-based Sierra Leone band Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang and Columbus' Middlerats will join a batch of local acts including Revolution Brass Band, Muamin Collection, the Womack Family Band, and Fizzy Lifting Drink. They're currently lining up artists and crafts vendors as well.

This Saturday, July 14, at 9 p.m., Mahall's has partnered with OSS Films, sponsors of the twice-a-year Zombie Walks, to do "Zombie Bowling" in the 10 downstairs lanes. Cover is $10.

"Apparently there are already 80 people coming, and most of them wil be dressed up as zombies," says Flamos. "Should be fun!"

Mahall's is at 13200 Madison Ave. in Lakewood.

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