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Ohio's Womack Family Band brings Americana music to Civic Media Center


The Womack Family Band, from Norwalk, Ohio, performs its brand of Americana sounds tonight at the Civic Media Center. (COURTESY OF THE WOMACK FAMILY BAND)

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 11:29 a.m.

The Womack Family Band is American through and through. They are what America sounds like. They weave jazz, folk, rock 'n' roll, blues, you name it, all into one great sound. Their dead-on vocals, precise percussion and actual instrumentation are everything that makes a good band a good band.

These folks hail from Norwalk, Ohio. But you'd never guess; they sound like they could be from New Orleans, Nashville, Harlem, San Francisco or any other really American place, and that's what makes them great. That and the fact that they're coming here for the third time and choosing to play under the stars in the back courtyard of the Civic Media Center, which couldn't be more perfect.

You can go see them tonight in a very intimate performance in beautiful downtown Gainesville, starting at 7 p.m.

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Contact Scott Kauffmann at kauffmann1987@gmail.com.

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