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Casbah patron Marc Pierce got a surprise October 27 while watching Southern Culture on the Skids perform.

"About three-quarters of the way through the show," he blogs, "midway through the song, [guitarist] Rick [Miller] pulls off his guitar and, not looking down, steps off the stage with his microphone and hands his guitar to me! The guitar began to squeal, so I turned it down. That's when I heard Rick say, 'You can play that thang if you want to'.... Luckily, the song was relatively easy and the melody was burned into my brain. I stood in my spot in front of Rick's monitor and played away."

In an interview, Pierce said, "He didn't know that, not only do I play guitar, but I used to be in a band in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, that opened up for Southern Culture on the Skids! I'm a big fan."

Pierce is frequently seen on Mondays and Wednesdays trying out new material at Joe 'N Andy's Hole in the Wall in La Mesa.

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