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      Mic check for music fest this weekend

      Downtown Marquette will be alive with a variety of local music this weekend.

      Twelve groups will perform Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Marquette Commons and from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Upfront and Company.

      The Michigan-based bands are taking part in the first ever Sekoitus Music Festival. The groups play everything from rock to hip-hop to punk.

      "In Marquette, it's kind of hard to get a crowd sometimes or organize shows, so I think this will be a good opportunity for some of these bands to expose themselves a little more," said Co-organizer Nicholas Erickson.

      For the weekend's full schedule, check out the music festival's Facebook page.