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July 21, 2005|By Kate Campbell

Samples at Funk Box

Formed in 1986, the Samples, a crew of five Vermonters, admit to hard times in the early '90s when they lost a two-month contract with a major record label. Lead singer Sean Kelly put pen to paper to scribble lyrics instead of resumes and job applications and the result was The Last Drag, which the band refers to as its "reanimation" record. Now they're on tour performing songs from their latest rock album, 2004's Black and White. Opening act A Fir-Ju Well kicks off the evening.

The Samples perform Sunday, 8 p.m., the Funk Box, 10 E. Cross St. Call 410-625-2000 or visit and Tickets are $15 and are available online at

A different kind of boot camp

Would a jazz boot camp involve lots of lip-flexes, finger-crunches, drumstick drills and rapid-fire rhythm exercises? For saxophonist and instructor Jeff Antoniak, it means lots of one-on-one lessons, groups of students encompassing high school kids to retirees and a culminating free public concert to exhibit how much the group has learned.

Students will rehearse for three days at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville and then take the stage with the Jazz Update band, which includes pianist Wade Beach, bassist Tom Baldwin and drummer Tony Martucci.

Jazz boot camp concert is tomorrow , 7 p.m.-10 p.m., St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Road, Rockville. Tickets are $10 and available at the door or from Call 410-295-6691.

Juke joint band

Roots and blues-infused juke joint band the Scissormen visit the Austin Grill in its new location in the renovated Can Company factory at 2400 Boston St. tomorrow evening. Rob Hulsman, Teo Leyasmeyer and Daniel Kellar join Ted Drozdowski in the group's latest tour. The band promises to deliver a show based on the sound of slide guitar, drums and old-fashioned Mississippi blues.

The Scissormen play Austin Grill tomorrow, 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Free. 2400 Boston St. Call 410-534-0606. Visit

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