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Local string band to perform at history museum

The Skillet Lickers have been around since the 1920s and have spanned four generations of Tanner men. Two of those men - Phil and Russ Tanner - will perform tonight at the Gwinnett History Museum, along with four other members of the local string band.

Dacula resident Phil Tanner, the grandson of the band's founder - Dacula chicken farmer Gid Tanner - leads The Skillet Lickers on guitar and fiddle. His son, Russ Tanner, who also lives in Dacula, plays the fiddle. The Tanners are joined by Gwinnett native Fleet Stanley, who now lives in Helen, on the dobro, Doug Landress of Lawrenceville on bass, Brian Morgan of Winder on mandolin, banjo and fiddle, and Joel Aderhold, who lives in Loganville, on banjo.

The Skillet Lickers will perform from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

For more information on the show, call 770-822-5178 or e-mail gwinnetthistorymuseum@gwinnettcounty

.com, or visit The Skillet Lickers' Web site at www.skilletlickers.net.

Other local events

happening this weekend:

The city of Duluth will present the Marshall Tucker Band show at 8:30 p.m. today. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. For tickets, visit www.ticketalternative.com or visit www.duluth-ga.com for more information.

Playing in Traffic, an Atlanta area improvisation group, will host a show at

8 p.m. today at the Red Clay Theatre, 3116 Main St. in Duluth. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 770-622-1777 or visit www.redclaytheatrearts.com.

The Hudgens Center for the Arts will host "Champagne and Classic Cars - Under a Southern Sky," the seventh annual gala, at 6 p.m. Saturday at 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. For more information call 770-623-6002.

SideBar: If You Go

· What: Grounds and Sounds Coffeehouse Night, featuring The Skillet Lickers

· When: 8:30 to 10 p.m. today

· Where: Gwinnett History Museum, 455 S. Perry St., Lawrenceville

· Cost: $5 and $4 for museum members

· More information: Call 770-822-5178 or e-mail gwinnetthistorymuseum@gwinnettcounty.com