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Blues by the lake

The Lubeznik Center for the Arts for Michigan City. Blues musician Gerry Hundt will play hot ragtime blues from 5:30  to 7:30 p.m. there Friday.

MICHIGAN CITY | First Fridays are a chance to get out and see the arts in a more casual, less stuffy social setting.

There's often a little wine, maybe some cheese, and quite possibly some music.

You can expect some jamming Friday at the Lubeznik Center for the Arts at 101 W. Second Street near the lakefront in Michigan City.

Multi-instrumentalist blues musician Gerry Hundt will play hot ragtime blues from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Hundt is a four-time Blues Music Award nominee whose work has been heard on NPR's Morning Edition and at the Mile High Blues Fest, the Kalamazoo Blues Festival, the Port Townsend Blues Festival and Buddy Guy's Legends.

He's toured the United States and Europe extensively as a member of Chicago's Nick Moss and the Flip-Tops.

Hundt plays a wide array of instruments, including bass guitar and mandolin. He's maybe best known for his "Legendary One-Man Band" solo performances where he plays the guitar, harmonica, bass drum and snare rig. That's what he'll be doing Friday night, and he's been compared to a "radioactive boll weevil."

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"Gerry Hundt's newest release is like good moonshine: It may not have the polish or consistency of commercial whiskey, but it's delicious fun with a real kick to it,” said Anthony Moser, the editor of Buddy Guy: Blues and Music News.

Doors open at 5 and close at 8 p.m., and Shoreline Brewery is catering the event. Visitors can check out the galleries, the Holiday Artisan Market, which includes affordable crafts from artisans throughout the Midwest. New exhibits on display include "Special Arts from the Michiana Resources and Social Learning Institute and Laurel Izard's "Goddesses and Aliens," which features collages of, you guessed it, goddesses and geometric aliens.

Ongoing exhibits include "Edra Soto: Tropicalamerican," Bernard Williams' "Hard Driving" and Chris Silva's "Human Mass."

LCA's parking lot is accessible on Second Street and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

For more information, call (219) 874-4900 or visit lubeznikcenter.org.

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