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      Music festival to aid Women's Center

      Festival goers will have a chance to hear great music and donate to a good cause at the second annual "Free Music Festival."

      The free festival all starts with an open mic Friday at 4 p.m. at the Lakenenland Sculpture Park. Then, throughout the weekend, 12 U.P. bands will take the stage. And this year's festival is a little different. Organizers are accepting donations that will benefit the Marquette Women's Center.

      "We were doing the festival anyway, so we decided that, why not make it a way to give back to the community, where people can come listen to some great local music and support the Women's Shelter," said festival organizer, Cody Lakenen.

      Last year, about 200 people came out to support the bands, and organizers are expecting even more this year. The festival wraps up on Sunday with an open jam.

      The following is a schedule of events for the weekend, courtesy of the festival Facebook page:

      Friday, August 24

      4:30 p.m. Open Mic6:00 p.m. The Goldmine Girls7:30 p.m. Kiddywompus9:00 p.m. Harp Hart and BonesSaturday, August 25Open Mic12:30 p.m. TBA1:40 p.m. Cajun Scuffle2:50 p.m. The Petty Tyrants4:00 p.m. Mike Waite5:10 p.m. Shadow Arcade6:20 p.m. Beyond The Genome7:30 p.m.Team Awesome8:40 p.m. Dan Daniels And the Southern Gents9:50 p.m. Sparrow TreeThere will be a fireside jam session after 11 p.m. following the stage music, so be sure to bring an instrument and join in. There are five open mike spots available both days of the festival.Bring a tent and your own food and drinks and enjoy a weekend of free music in the park.