In these tough times, you have to band together in order to survive. Remember what Jack told the rest of the castaways on Lost? "If we can't live together, we're going to die alone."

In these tough times, you have to band together in order to survive. Remember what Jack told the rest of the castaways on Lost? "If we can't live together, we're going to die alone."

Local music isn't a life-and-death matter, but perhaps the same principle is behind the Twang Alliance of Central Ohio (hilarious acronym: TACO), which will host its monthly happy hour Friday at Rumba Cafe.

The group, "a not-for-profit organization promoting and supporting 'alt-country,' 'roots rock,' 'Americana' and other forms of 'twang' music in Central Ohio," has been kicking around since last summer. They hope to unite Columbus musicians with roots in, um, rootsy music, in a shared pursuit of more attention and opportunity on the regional stage.

Knowing that most music networking goes down at concerts, the alliance has wisely scheduled most of its events at local watering holes with performances from talent among its ranks. The latest of these gatherings features Erika Carey and the Calamities, Todd May and Scott Miracle at the twang-friendly Rumba.

Interested parties can sign up at the group's MySpace page or just show up at the happy hour.