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Roots Rave-Up 

Good causes, sure, but come for the nonstop dancing

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Any musician doling out advice on how to get press coverage will, at one point, roll his eyes and sigh. "You could always make it a benefit for something," the ever-broke musician will say, cognizant of the power of charity to attract do-gooder media outlets.

Though we believe in pure, honest charity that edifieth and does not puffeth up, it takes more than giving "a portion of the proceeds" (read: $10, possibly) to a good cause to perk up our ears. Which is why you're reading about Winter Roots here; in addition to being serious about charity (the last event contributed $3,500 to bird rescue), the evening promises damn fine music.

Feel like dancing? Look no further: Arann Harris and the Farm Band raise the barn roof with odes to chickens and country doctors; the Church Marching Band birth a raucous lovechild of Sousa and klezmer; Tiny Television (pictured) inject absolute rave-up to "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," and the Dixie Giants have sousaphone solos. Serious.

Food for Thought, the Sonoma County AIDS food bank, benefits, while Lagunitas beer and homemade tamales fuel the fleet-footed. Be there on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Sebastopol Community Center. 390 Morris St., Sebastopol. 7pm. $15–$20. 707.823.1511.

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