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Tuesday, 20 September 2016 00:00

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Well Strung in Highlands

Bluegrass/Americana act Well Strung will perform during ‘The Bascom Night’ from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, at Satulah Mountain in Highlands. The evening is catered New Mountain Events. $250 per ticket. Proceeds go to programming at The Bascom, a visual arts center in Highlands.


Claire Lynch to play Cataloochee Ranch

Acclaimed bluegrass singer-songwriter Claire Lynch will perform on Sunday, Oct. 2, at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley.

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. In 2014, she won “Song of the Year” for “Dear Sister” at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. She also won the IBMA for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2013 and was a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Her career has been decorated with many other accolades, including two Grammy nominations and previous IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards in 2010 and 1997.

Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets, which include dinner, are $75, and reservations are required. This show will sell out.



Franklin welcomes Charley Pride 

Country legend Charley Pride will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Pride is known for his hits “Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.” 

Tickets start at $48.



• Andrews Brewing Company will host Scott Shuttleworth Sept. 23, Somebody’s Child Sept. 24, Heidi Holton (blues/folk) Sept. 30 and Gauge Persuaders Oct. 1. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• BearWaters Brewing Company (Waynesville) will host live music at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 and 29. 

• City Lights Bookstore (Sylva) will host Butterfly Rose (Americana/folk) at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. 828.586.9499. 

• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Dulci Ellenberger (singer-songwriter) Sept. 23, Joe Cruz (piano/pop) Sept. 24 and Ray Biscoglia & Grant Cuthbertson (jazz) Sept. 30. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. There will also be a performance with The Russ Wilson Trio (jazz/swing) at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 1, with tickets $34.99 per person, which includes dinner. 828.452.6000 or 

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have music at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.488.8898. 

• The “Friday Night Live” concert series at the Town Square in Highlands will host Cross Creek Sept. 23 and Mountain Dulcimers (bluegrass/mountain) Sept. 30. Both shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host The Myxx Sept. 23 and Mercer & Johnson (bluegrass) Sept. 24. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.454.5664 or 

• Heinzelmannchen Brewery (Sylva) will host Henry Wong (acoustic/folk) at 6 p.m. Sept. 22. 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night Sept. 28, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo Sept. 29, Megan Saunders & The Driftless Sept. 24 and Trippin Hardy Oct. 1. All events begin at 8 p.m.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host The Colby Deitz Band (bluegrass/Americana) Sept. 24 and The Remnants (rock) Oct. 1. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• The Music in the Mountains (Bryson City) concert series will host The Kelley Family Band (bluegrass/gospel) Sept. 24 and Sleepy Andy Tracy (Americana) Oct. 1. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. 

• Maggie Valley Rendezvous will host Stone Crazy Band (classic rock/pop) at 8 p.m. Sept. 23. 828.921.0201.

• Nantahala Brewing Company (Bryson City) will host Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (Americana/bluegrass) Sept. 23 and Redleg Husky (Americana) Sept. 30. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• The Nantahala Outdoor Center (Bryson City) will host Andalyn 3 p.m. and The Whiskey Sticks 7 p.m. Sept. 23; The Bayou Diesel Band 11 a.m., The Freeway Revival 3 p.m. and The Pioneer Chicken Stand Band 7 p.m. Sept. 24 during their Guest Appreciation Festival. All shows are free. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host The Colby Deitz Band (bluegrass/Americana) Sept. 23, Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) Sept. 24 and Russ T. Nutz (rock/country) w/Sex Knuckle (hard rock) Sept. 30. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• The Oconaluftee Visitor Center (Cherokee) will host a back porch old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 1. All are welcome to come play or simply sit and listen to sounds of Southern Appalachia.

• The “Pickin’ On The Square” (Franklin) concert series will continue with The Remnants (rock) Sept. 24 and The Band Intermission (bluegrass) Oct. 1. All shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. A community jam begins at 6:30 p.m. or 828.524.2516. 

• Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company (Sapphire) will host a jazz brunch with Tyler Kittle & Friends from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sundays. 828.743.0220.

• Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will host “Hoppy Hour” and an open mic with Jimandi at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, “Funky Friday” with Bud Davis at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Isaish Breedlove (Americana) at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.482.9794 or 

• The Stompin’ Ground (Maggie Valley) is now open for live mountain music and clogging at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 828.926.1288.

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Cashiers) will host a “Bluegrass Mix-Up” night at 7 p.m. on Thursdays. 828.743.3000.

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will host a weekly Appalachian music night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with Nitrograss. 828.526.8364 or 

• The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host The Scoundrels Sept. 24 and The Colby Deitz Band (Americana/bluegrass) Sept. 30. All shows begin at 9 p.m. 828.456.4750.

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will host a bassoon faculty recital with Tia Wortham at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Coulter Building. Free. 

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