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BROWN BAG CONCERTS BEGIN MONDAY WITH BLUEGRASS GROUP

The Brown Bag Concert Series, a popular fixture of the summer season sponsored by the Salt Lake City Arts Council, will hit the downtown streets on Monday, June 4.

The bluegrass group Loose Ties will open the free series in Dinwoodey Mini Park (50 W. 100 South) at 12:15 p.m. The group, which calls Jackson Hole, Wyo., home, began performing together professionally in 1985. In June 1986 it took first in the band contest of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and has since placed in national contests and toured America widely.Members Phil Round and Ted Wells came from Vermont to join westerners Ben Winship and Derrik Hufsmith, all bringing extensive experience with other groups. Approximately 20 percent of their material is original. The group performs traditional bluegrass instruments and sings three- and four- part vocals, in progressive arrangements influenced by swing, jazz, blues, reggae and country.

Programs for the remainder of the week are: Tuesday, June 5, Luty-Johansen Duo (jazz); Wednesday, June 6, Xang-dong Kong, 1988 Bachauer International Piano Competition winner; Thursday, June 7, Zion Tribe, reggae, rock and rhythm; and Friday, June 8, Jensen/Woodbury/Nobis, classical guitar duo with harpsichord.

The Brown Bag Series, supported by many businesses and corporate sponsors, is designed to provide a full spectrum of performing arts in downtown parks and plazas. All performing arts - music, dance, literary readings, theater and performance art - are represented over the course of the summer.

The visual arts have contributed a backdrop of five huge canvases, measuring 23 feet by 8 feet in all, designed specifically for the series and coordinated by the Golden Section arts cooperative. Artists who painted this year's canvases are Bonnie Sucec, Larnie Fox, Ann Cardon, Lee Deffebach and David S.