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SWEET CONTORTIONISTS

There is something special about a tight-knit three-piece band. Maybe it's the marriage of guitars, drum and vocals, or maybe it's the easy camaraderie -- born of long hours of practice -- between its members. Whatever the reason, local pop group the Contortionists is no exception.

Formed in 1999 by lead singer/guitarist Rob Falgiano, whose name first became known during his years with Plaster Sandals, the trio is putting its own stamp on melodic pop. Though still relatively new, the band has managed to make a mark beyond the local music scene, opening shows for such bands as the Push Stars, Spirit of the West, 54-40 and Ron Hawkins and the Rusty Nails.

Falgiano and his band mates, bassist Mike Morrissey and drummer Rob Lynch, will celebrate the release of their debut CD, "The Contortionists Get Sweet for You," at 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk St. An opening set will be provided by Charlie Quill, Jim Whitford and Doug Moody of the Steam Donkeys, with Mudtown Rudy closing. Admission is $5 at the door. Call 855-3931 for more information.

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