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When I ask musicians why they perform, I usually get the answer “because I love it,” which is not very elucidating. 

It clearly isn’t just about the money, because local bands and singers are not paid very well; no one has gotten rich playing music in Citrus County. They work difficult hours, often travel extensively and frequently play in less than desirable situations that range from bad weather to overly exuberant patrons.

A euphoria derived from performing may be a factor. Scientific studies have demonstrated that performers often experience a surge of endorphins that produces a kind of high. Endorphin release can also be triggered by long distance running or eating certain chili peppers, however, so this explanation is clearly incomplete.

For members of a musical ensemble, there is usually a sense of comraderie. That is enhanced by the feeling of not just being part of a group, but being a member of a very special group, “the band.” Add applause and perhaps the attention of groupies, and membership in a band may become a greater thrill than singing ever was.

Some, of course, pursue a life of musical performance because they want to become famous. Others are spiritually motivated, believing God has given them an ability that they are obligated to use to His greater glory.

Psychological theories abound about the desire to perform publicly. Perhaps the musician is seeking the approval she never got from her parents. Maybe the performer needs to assume another identity, “guitarist,” because he is personally insecure. If the stories in People magazine are to be believed, celebrity musicians seem to have a plethora of psychological issues.

Whatever the reasons that our local musicians perform, we are thankful that they do. Let us hope that whatever drives them perseveres.

Janet Bostrom is a fan of the local music scene. You can reach her at citruscountymusic@gmail.com.

Entertainment schedule

Friday, October 11

Cool Change, 7-10 p.m., The Blue Gator in Dunnellon

Moses Greyhound Band, 9 p.m., Fired Up Saloon and Grill in Dunnellon

Pop Da Rock, 9 p.m., High Octane Saloon in Homosassa

Strutt, 8-12 p.m., IRRU Social Club in Inverness

Cajun Dave, 6-10 p.m., Mango Tangos in Homosassa

JoJo Jones, 6-10 p.m., Margarita Breeze in Crystal River

Professional Development, 7:30 p.m., MC Wine Bar in Inverness

Black Sun Circus, 7-11 p.m., Mickey’s Bar and Billiards in Crystal River

Cat Valentine, 6-10 p.m., Monkey Bar at the Riverside Resort in Homosassa

Shawline, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Well Worn Soles, 6-10 p.m., Pine Street Pub in Inverness

Kadillac Jack, 6-10 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

Bad Rebel Live, 9 p.m., Silver Moon Tavern in Dunnellon


Saturday, October 12

Boogie Brothers, 7-10 p.m., The Blue Gator in Dunnellon

Bottoms Up, 1-5 p.m., Straitjacket Smile, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., High Octane Saloon in Homosassa

Jordan Lilley, 6-10 p.m., Jim’s Club 19 in Homosassa

Jeremy Harrison, 6-9 p.m., Kelly’s Half Shell Pub in Crystal River

Billy “Elvis” Lindsey, 7 p.m., Margarita Breeze in Crystal River

Taking Anderson, 7:30 p.m., MC Wine Bar in Inverness

Cliff Sanders, 7-11 p.m., Mickey’s Bar and Billiards in Crystal River

Big Dave, 6-10 p.m., Monkey Bar at the Riverside Resort in Homosassa

Fred George, 5-9 p.m., Nature’s Resort RV Park in Homosassa

Moses Greyhound Band, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Niko’s Roadhouse in Hernando

Doug Adams, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Strutt, 6-10 p.m., Pine Street Pub in Inverness

Backtrack Blues Band, 6-10 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

Palomino Blonde, 3-7 p.m., Seagrass Resort in Homosassa


Sunday, October 13

David Beaty, 5-8 p.m., The Blue Gator in Dunnellon

The Mudds, 7-8 p.m., Crew The Bar in Crystal River

Johnny Lobo, 12 p.m., Crystal Harley-Davidson in Homosassa

Soul Circus Cowboys, 1-5 p.m., High Octane Saloon in Homosassa

JoJo Jones with the Generators, 3-7 p.m., IRRU Social Club in Inverness

Walt Whitney, 2-5 p.m., Mango Tangos in Homosassa

George Marshall, 1-5 p.m., Monkey Bar at the Riverside Resort in Homosassa

Kevin Zecker, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Big Dave, 3-7 p.m., Old Mill Tavern in Homosassa

Casey Young, 2-6 p.m., Seagrass Resort in Homosassa

Mick Sharp, 2-6 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

Sagebrush, 3-7 p.m., Whiskey River in Hernando


Tuesday, October 15

Casey Young, 6-10 p.m., Lollygaggers in Crystal River

JoJo Jones, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Renee, 6-10 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa


Wednesday, October 16

JoJo Jones, 1-2 p.m., KC Winebar in Crystal River

Big Dave 5-9 p.m., Monkey Bar at the Riverside Resort in Homosassa


Thursday, October 17

Johnny Lobo, 6-9 p.m., The Blue Gator in Dunnellon

Fred George, 5:30-9:30 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

Dave Shepard, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Fred George, The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

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