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Former local guitar legend Bobby Manriquez may not be local anymore, but he still enjoys playing here, especially at Summit Station. “The room allows my guitar to sound as it truly does-slash-should,” he says. The secret? “It’s the wood.” It always is. Lately, the Manriquez sound has been racking up awards around the globe. There was a nomination from the JustPlainFolks.org Web site, and Austria’s Concerto Magazin listed Manriquez’s Another Shade Of Blue(s) No. 3 on its best-of, where it shared space with Dylan, Clapton, and, um, BjOrk. But Manriquez is not so out of place in such a crowd: This is a man for whom KISS was once an opening act. And Manriquez has partied with Grand Funk Railroad and the legendary sweet, sweet Connie. So he knows exactly what he’s singing about when the subject of the blues comes up. Get primed for Manriquez’ second CD (arriving this summer) with the true live sound at 9 p.m. at Summit Station, 227 E. Diamond Ave., Gaithersburg. Free. (301) 519-9400. (Dave Nuttycombe)