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A rung below death and taxes on the certainties ladder: If a steel guitar is in the mix, it’s country and western music. But did you know that steel guitar was actually pilfered from Hawaiian players in the ’30s? This and other lap and pedal guitar minutiae will be the topics of discussion at the Seventh Annual Steel Guitar Jam. The event features a steel guitar flea market, instructional and historical seminars, and a concert by a dozen women and men of steel. Players include St. Louis’ DeWitt “Scotty” Scott, local picker Buddy Charleton, and Herby Wallace of Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (who must be really good, since his résumé lists stints with guys named “Thumbs” and “Speedy”). The electric sliding starts at 1 p.m. with an all-hands jam scheduled for around 7:30 p.m. at L’Atela’s, Baltimore-Washington Pkwy. & Rte. 175, Jessup. $10 (benefits Johns Hopkins’ Heart Transplant Group). (301) 424-3754. (DM)