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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

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Lake Junaluska welcomes acclaimed pianist 

Pianist David Troy Francis will perform the music of Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and American hymns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Stuart Auditorium in Lake Junaluska. Francis will be joined by Broadway performer Mark Morales.

Francis has recorded eight albums ranging from his unique arrangements of American hymns to the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem’s technically formidable “Eight Etudes for Piano.” He has served as the recording pianist for films, including Pursuit of Happyness, Fame and Elegy. 

Currently, he is the artistic director of the Asheville non-profit The Modern American Music Project which has mounted the acclaimed opera “Dead Man Walking” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning work “The Passion of the Little Match Girl” within the last 14 months. 

Tickets are $17.50 per person. or 828.452.2881.


Lake J welcomes Broadway tenor

“Finding Your Voice: Lessons for the Soul from a Life on Broadway,” a special performance by world-renowned tenor J. Mark McVey will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Stuart Auditorium in Lake Junaluska.

McVey made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables” after having won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor. For years, he performed this role to audiences worldwide, including the 25th anniversary tour, for which he won the Ovation Award and the Award. He continues to perform with numerous symphonies around the country and the world.

He has a strong and passionate commitment to his Christian faith, and has created this program to combine his real life experiences and lessons with the story of faith, courage, love and truth shared in “Les Miserables.” McVey will also sing several songs from the musical to give voice to the lessons found therein.



Sugarland singer hits the Harrah’s stage

Country superstar Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Harrah’s Cherokee.

A winner of multiple CMA and Grammy awards, including a four-year streak of CMA Vocal Duo of the Year awards, Nettles has had vast success as leading vocalist of Sugarland. Now she strikes out on her own with her first solo release, “That Girl.” Nettles offers a range of variety showing off her genre-bending vocal versatility. She’s recently appeared on David Letterman and The View.

Tickets are $40, $55 and $65.

800.745.3000 or



• Americana/folk group Owner of the Sun, singer/songwriter Jamie Kent & the Options and Rough & Tumble will perform at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Owner of the Sun plays Aug. 1, with Kent Aug. 2 and Rough & Tumble Aug. 8. Both performances are at 8 p.m. Free. 

• The Music on the River series continues with The Will Hayes Band, Running Wolf Band and Eastern Blue Band at the Oconaluftee River Stage in Cherokee. Hayes will play Aug. 1 and 8, with Running Wolf Band Aug. 2-3 and Eastern Blue Band Aug. 9. All shows are at 8 p.m. Free.

• Rock group The Matt Joiner Band and jazz act Rockwell Scott & Friends will perform at Groovin’ on the Green at the Village Commons in Cashiers. Joiner plays Aug. 1, with Scott Aug. 8. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 

• Guitarist Ben Wilson and pianist Joe Cruz will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Wilson will play Aug. 1, with Cruz Aug. 2. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or 

• Darren & The Buttered Toast, 3 Sum, Tony Poole, Wade Baker, Natty Love Joys and ENE will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Darren & The Buttered Toast will play Aug. 1, with 3 Sum Aug. 2, Poole Aug. 3, Baer Aug. 7 and 10, Natty Love Joys Aug. 8 and ENE Aug. 9. All shows begin at 9 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or

• Variety musician Charlie Horse and modern country act Fast Gear will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. Horse plays Aug. 2, with Fast Gear Aug. 9. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.524.2516 or

• Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Two Armadillos, Frog Hop Festival, Jamunkatrons and James Stinnett will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play July 31 and Aug. 7, with Two Armadillos Aug. 1, Frog Hop Festival Aug. 2, Jamunkatrons Aug. 8 and Stinnett Aug. 9. Thursday shows begin at 6 p.m., with weekend performances starting at 7 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or 

• Americana/bluegrass group The Bankesters will perform as part of An Appalachian Evening concert series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for students. Dinner services begin at 6 p.m. in the Schoolhouse Café. Next up in the series will be The Jeff Little Trio on Aug. 9. 828.479.3364 or 

• The Summer Live Music Series will continue with Playing on the Planet, Goldmine Pickers, Heidi Holton and The Archrivals at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. Playing on the Planet will perform Aug. 1, with Goldmine Pickers Aug. 2, Holton Aug. 8 and The Archrivals Aug. 9. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m.

• Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys will perform as part of the Outdoor 76 concert series at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in downtown Franklin. Live music and craft beer. $10 per person. 828.349.7676 or 

• Southern rock/country group The Josh Fields Band and acoustic duo Liz & AJ Nance will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. Fields plays Aug. 2, with Liz & AJ Nance Aug. 9. Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m.

• Singer-songwriter Logan Murrell, classic rockers Unit 50, singer-songwriter Randy Flack and southern rock outfit The Soco Creek Band will perform at the Fontana Village Resort. Murrell plays Aug. 1, with Unit 50 Aug. 2, Flack Aug. 8 and 15, and The Soco Creek Band Aug. 9. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 

• A concert for the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth & Families will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. 828.586.3391 or

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    art theplaceWhen the camera bulb flashed, it hit me — had it really been that long?

    Standing in the Belhurst Castle, a Great Gatsby-esque property situated on Seneca Lake in Geneva, N.Y., I realized it had been around a decade since my childhood friends and I had been in the same room together. And yet, here we were, drinks in hand, smiles plastered across our faces, as family members and dates for the wedding stood in front of us, eager to capture the moment we all were huddled as one.

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