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Tonight at the Tavern: an Americana act with an all-star line-up performs. Ghosts I’ve Met, a Seattle five-piece led by singer-guitarist Sam Watts, came together in 2005 after all of its members, all multi-instrumentalists, had served as session players for other bands including Modest Mouse, Sparklehorse, Cat Power, Built to Spill, Belle & Sebastian, Portastatic, Sleater Kinney and The Actual Tigers. Backed by pianist Ben Blankenship, violinist Margaret White, cellist-bassist Brent Arnold and pianist Joe Seely, Watts writes weepers and his capable crew creates hauntingly beautiful melodies that make his sad songs set sail.      Opening the show are local bands Big Silver, who are currently putting the finishing touches on their fourth full-length album, tentatively called “Tributary,” a follow-up to last year’s impressive “Afterlife,” and The Magic Cropdusters, fronted by singer-songwriting genius David Jukes, whose lyrical repertoire ranges from the mundane to the bizarre on the band’s latest “The Apartment.”   It’s got the makings of being the best show White Water’s had in weeks. Show starts at 9 p.m. and costs $5.

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