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Most likely to induce a trance: Bounxeung Synanonh 

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World famous 78 rpm album collector, author, Grammy winner and Folk Fest programming board member Christopher King says you should go see this Laotian-born musician even if you have "compound fractures and are dragging your entrails behind."

Watching Synanonh perform using a khaen, an ancient, free-reed mouth organ made from 16 lengths of bamboo, should be a mind-blowing experience.

"If ever there was music that could put you in a trance, this is it," King says. "There were only eight 78s made from this region in 1931, and two feature this exact instrument. I never thought I'd hear it in the flesh."

Bounxeung Synanonh performs on Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Costar Stage from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Lyft stage from 12:15 to 1 p.m. and the Costar Stage from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m.

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