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story.lead_photo.caption Part of the 2017 Backyard Concert Series at Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, Van Colbert, a co-contributor to the "Winter's Bone" film soundtrack, is shown playing banjo. Photo by Courtesy of Deborah Bailey

Jefferson Landing State Historic Site will kick off its 2018 Backyard Concert Series beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday on the lawn of the Lohman Building.

Celebrating 30 years of partnership between the Missouri Folk Arts Program and the Missouri State Museum, this season's first concert features master fiddler John Williams, master guitarist Kenny Applebee and their apprentices. This is a bring your own chair event.

Two additional concerts are scheduled in the 2018 series.

At 7 p.m. June 23, the River Ridge String Band will play traditional, old-time, Celtic, folk and bluegrass music, including sounds pf hammered dulcimer, guitar, banjo, mandolin and percussion.

Swamped Cajun Dancehall Band will provide "traditional, foot-stompin', accordion-squeezed, French-howlin' tunes from the swamps" at 7 p.m. Aug. 18, according to the Missouri State Museum's Facebook event page. Both of these concerts will also be on the lawn of the Lohman Building.

Jefferson Landing State Historic Site, part of the Missouri Sate Parks system, is at 100 Jefferson St., Jefferson City. For more information, contact the museum at 573-751-2854. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit

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