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So there’s a bluegrass renaissance upon us? Alison Krauss and Union Station, Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury, Nickel Creek, everyone on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrackeveryone’s playing it. Hell, even Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless, and Steve Earle have rediscovered five-finger banjo and finger-picked acoustic guitar. At this rate, the mandolin and dobro may be the synthesizer and sampler of the new millennium. Which is why it’s cool that the Seldom Scene is still around. The D.C.-based band single-handedly kept the genre goingwithout so much as a howdy dowhen all the buzz-stealing New Grass bands of the ’70s and ’80s failed to find a significant audience. It’s been almost five years since the heart of the bandmando player extraordinaire John Duffeydied, but the Scene has survived in fine form without falling into some kind of phoniness just to keep the franchise going. And it will survive this latest renaissance, too. The Seldom Scene plays tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Nottoway Park, 9601 Courthouse Road, Vienna. Free. (703) 698-9395. (Buzz McClain)