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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 00:00

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Trumpet star joins WCU Jazz Ensemble 

The Western Carolina University Jazz Ensemble will present a special fall concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, on campus in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. 

Bill Warfield, trumpeter, recording artist and associate professor of jazz at Lehigh University, will be the featured performer. The student jazz ensemble will join him on original compositions, as well as his arrangements of songs by Herbie Hancock, Lee Morgan, Dave Stryker, Donald Byrd and Kenny Dorham. 

In a varied career as composer, arranger, leader and sideman, Warfield has performed with a widerange of musicians, including Ornette Coleman, Mel Torme, David Sanborn and Randy Brecker. He has performed at Birdland, The Blue Note, and Iridium jazz clubs in New York City, and directs the New York Jazz Repertory Orchestra. The Bill Warfield and Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra’s latest CD “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” was a Downbeat magazine editor’s pick in August. 



WCU jam series welcomes Highway 74

The 2015-16 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue with Highway 74 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

The performance of bluegrass and mountain music will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate. The concerts and jam sessions will continue at the center through next spring, with programs from 7 to 9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions, which also are open to those who just want to listen.




Dulcimer Winter Weekend at Lake J

Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will hold its 11th annual Mountain Dulcimer Winter Weekend Jan. 7-10 in the Lambuth Inn at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. 

The conference will offer more than 50 hours of instruction on the mountain dulcimer, hammered dulcimer and guitar. Participants will be able to take classes that focus on multiple instruments and a variety of topics will be presented, including music theory, tab reading/writing skills, improvisation and advanced dulcimer ensemble skills.

Winter Weekend instructors will include Larry and Elaine Conger, Judy House, Joe Collins, Paul Andry, Jim Miller, Guy and Sharrie George, and Jess Dickinson. Evening activities will include staff performances and a music sharing session. Miller will lead jam sessions throughout the conference.

Registration is $159 per person for dulcimer-playing participants through Dec. 12, and $199 thereafter. $40 for non-playing participants. Registration does not include meals or accommodations. Space is limited. 

800.222.4930 or or 828.227.7397.



• BearWaters Brewing Company (Waynesville) will have ClawHoss Trio on Dec. 4 and The Dirty Soul Revival (rock/blues) Dec. 5. All shows begin at 8 p.m. 

• City Lights Café (Sylva) will host The Freestylers on Nov. 27 and Cygne Dec. 4. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 

• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have and The Blue Ribbon Healers (swampy-tonk) Nov. 27 and Joe Cruz (piano/pop) Nov. 28. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• First Presbyterian Church (Franklin) will host a “Concert for CareNet” at 3 p.m. Dec. 6. First $1,000 raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Guitar Man 7 p.m. Nov. 27, Southside of the Tracks Nov. 28, Bobby G Dec. 4 and Jacked Up Joe Dec. 5. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo Nov. 26 and Dec. 3. Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (Americana/bluegrass) will also be performing Nov. 25. All events begin at 8 p.m. 

• John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown) will host David Brose and Kathleen Seacrest at 7 p.m. Dec. 7. or 828.837.2775.

• Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden (Waynesville) will have Heidi Holton (blues/folk) at 9 p.m. Dec. 4. Free.

• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, anything unplugged, are invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in or you can just stop by and listen. Free. 828.488.3030. 

• Mixers Bar & Nightclub (Franklin) will have Longshot (rock) Nov. 28. All shows begin at 9 p.m. 828.369.9211.

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Pat Reedy & The Long Time Goners Nov. 27 and a Karaoke/Dance Party Nov. 28. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 

• A back porch old-time music jam will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee. All welcome to come play or simply sit and listen to sounds of Southern Appalachia. 

• The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub will have Tom Johnson (singer-songwriter) Nov. 27. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• Salty Dog’s (Maggie Valley) will have Karaoke with Jason Wyatt at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 p.m. on Fridays, and Mile High at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays. All events will run through the month of November. The Randy Mason Band will also perform at 8 p.m. Nov. 28. 

• Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will have Jimandi (folk/rock) every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and a rotating series of local performers on Fridays at 9 p.m. 828.482.9794 or 

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have Heidi Holton (blues/folk) at 8 p.m. Nov. 27 and Darren Nicholson of Balsam Range (Americana/bluegrass) 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Free. 

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host the “Hayweird Holiday Jam” with Soldier’s Heart (Americana/rock), Petticoat Government (Americana) and Helena Hunt (singer-songwriter) at 8 p.m. Nov. 27 ($5 per person, with a food drive going on as well), and Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. Nov. 28. 

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