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McLaughlin concert in Fergus Falls

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Acoustic guitarist and composer Billy McLaughlin will perform at a special event this Thursday, Oct. 8 at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls.

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Diagnosed with the neuromuscular disorder known as focal dystonia in 2001, McLaughlin refused to give up his music. Instead, he began teaching himself to play again, left-handed.

His struggles with the disease, and subsequent comeback, are detailed in the documentary "Changing Keys," which will be shown prior to McLaughlin's concert at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The film will be followed by dinner at 6:15 p.m. (for advance ticket holders only), where you can have your choice of four downtown restaurants: Bello Cucino, Café 116, The Spot and The Viking.

Then, at 7:30 p.m., McLaughlin himself will take the stage for a concert with local string musicians.

Tickets are available for the film and concert separately, both of them together, or with dinner included, by calling 218-736-5453. More information is also available online at www.fergusarts.org.

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