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Karaoke at HART

As a part of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre “Winter Studio Season,” the theater has opened up its bistro Harmons’ Den for karaoke performance on Saturday nights. 

The theater began offering karaoke in January and it has proven so popular that HART has decided to continue to offer karaoke on Saturdays beginning at 8 p.m. throughout the year. It is also open mic night.  

On nights when there’s a theater performance in the Fangmeyer Theater, karaoke begins after the show is over. You don’t have to sing to enjoy being a part of the fun, and the theater atmosphere inspires a variety of musical styles, from pop to jazz to country to Broadway.  



Modern Strangers to rock Innovation

Asheville-based rock/pop act Modern Strangers will perform during a special “St. Patrick’s Day Celebration” at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Innovation Brewing in Sylva.

A four-piece combo of journeyman musicians, the band takes its varied influences and form them into a “jangle pop juggernaut.” They often draw comparisons to The Beatles, Barenaked Ladies, REM, Elvis Costello, Violent Femmes, and The Kinks. Catchy songs, vocal harmonies and just the right amount of edge make these guys a fun night, whether they’re playing originals or quirky covers.

The show is free and open to the public. 

www.modernstrangers.com or www.innovation-brewing.com


Rock, reggae at Soul Infusion

Jackson County rock/reggae act Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro in Sylva.

“Our music is full of inspiration from these mountains. Water, mountain landscapes, nature, trails. They all take part in the inspiration process for us. We are proud to call Sylva home and our sound could not be what it is without this town,” said guitarist Miller Watson. “It’s also really cool to see the similarities in bluegrass music and reggae and how they took shape from the development of African banjo. It’s also nice to bring a touch of reggae to these mountains.”



Jackson County piano showcase

To showcase the new piano they recently purchased, the Jackson County Arts Council will be hosting a “Piano Party” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. 

Six local pianists representing several different genres of music will be playing the newly installed baby grand piano. These musicians will not only demonstrate the beautiful sound of the instrument, but they will also share their exceptional talent. 

The pianists are: Brian McMahan, pianist at Balsam Baptist Church, and chair of the Jackson County Commissioners; Barbara Dooley, retired piano instructor at Western Carolina University, past accompanist to Community Chorus; Lyn Burkett, assistant professor of music at WCU and church musician; Mickey McMahan, played bluegrass gospel with Mountain Faith as well as his church; Linda Stewart, pianist, First Baptist Church; and Iva Veazey, piano teacher and performer.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the concert. 828.507.9820 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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