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Off to Alaska

Guitarist Geno McManus joins Animal Planet for a month-long tour entertaining U.S. troops overseas. The band leaves Oct. 12 to perform 10 shows in Fairbanks, Alaska, before heading to Greenland for another week of performances. "I'm very flattered to be asked. It's an opportunity for me to lay back and just play guitar. It will also give me time to write new JunKulture music," McManus says. Animal Planet's Michael Jackson calls McManus a great guitar player and first-rate singer. "I don't know anyone in Buffalo who has been working harder than Geno to get it together and go somewhere with his music," Jackson says, adding the band will play songs off the new CD "Toast" on the tour. Catch McManus in a solo acoustic show at 10:30 p.m. today in Corsi's, 1441 Electric Ave., Lackawanna. McManus plans to join Animal Planet Oct. 6 in the Calumet Arts Cafe before the group hits the road.

New release

Indie rock trio Palomar Sky Survey celebrates the release of "Are We Heading South" with an all-ages show Saturday in Mohawk Place, 47 E. Mohawk Place. The seven-inch vinyl, released on Fizzle and Pop Records, includes two new original tunes and a cover of Elvis Costello's "Hand in Hand." Palomar Sky Survey recently returned from travels in Ohio, Indiana and Massachusetts and plans to head back on the road and into the studio in November. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. with the music starting at 10 p.m. Saturday. The $6 admission includes a copy of "Are We Heading South?"

Goodbye bassist

Tonight's your last chance to catch bassist Mike Ihlenfeld playing with Doombuggy. After tonight's performance in the Mohawk Place 10th anniversary party, Ihlenfeld will concentrate on work with the Blowtops as the band prepares for a winter European tour. After tonight, Bobo's Marc Hunt will step in temporarily on bass for Doombuggy (a nice switch since Doombuggy drummer Pat Shaughnessy is sitting in with Bobo). Look for the upcoming release of Doombuggy's second full-length CD, "Blow Your Soul."

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