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Wednesday, 25 March 2015 00:00

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‘Appalachian Evening’ tickets on sale

“An Appalachian Evening,” a summer bluegrass/Americana weekly concert series, will return to the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.

The 2015 series will include The Special Consensus on June 27, Buncombe Turnpike July 4, Town Mountain July 11, The Snyder Family Band July 19, The Walking Roots Band July 25, Balsam Range Aug. 1, Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues Aug. 8, The Jeff Little Trio Aug. 15, Henhouse Prowlers Aug. 22 and The Kruger Brothers Aug. 29. Season tickets are $150, with separate show ticket prices varying. or 828.479.3364.


HART welcomes Student Honors Recital 

Young pianists, instrumentalists and vocalists will perform at 3 p.m. March 29 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

Through the years an impressive parade of young performers have delighted audiences. Sometimes the selections will be major classics by Beethoven or Mozart, but more often there will be clever compositions to challenge beginners. Musical skills develop gradually over several years, and part of the training is public performance. The Student Honors Recital has provided a world-class experience, with a wonderful performance hall and a concert grand piano to complete the venue.

This event is sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council.


First Thursday bluegrass with Chandler

Old-time/bluegrass musician Nick Chandler will perform as part of the First Thursday concert series at 7 p.m. April 2 in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

The concert will last an hour and will be followed by an open jam session during which traditional musicians of all skill levels are invited to participate. The First Thursday series of concerts and open jams include some of the region's best old-time and bluegrass musicians. The events align with "North Carolina: Our State, Our Time" programs given across WCU that explore historical, social and cultural impacts that have shaped the state.



Renowned duo combines contemporary, traditional music

Acclaimed guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur will perform a program of traditional and contemporary works at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the Historic Chapel of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Franklin.

Hailed as “one of the most exciting duos on the scene today” (Guitar International), the duo performs exciting, often surprising arrangements of classical and contemporary works, from Bartok to the Beatles, and from “Rhapsody in Blue” to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Richter and Uzur appear frequently on NPR’s “Performance Today,” and have been featured on PBS’s “WoodSongs.”  

They each bring intensive training from two of the world’s most prestigious music institutions — The Royal College of Music and The Moscow Conservatory, respectively. Richter is a former U.S. National Finger-Picking Champion and has won numerous prizes for performing and composing. Uzur is former principal cellist and soloist with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, and a prizewinner at many competitions.

Admission is by donation.

828.524.ARTS or



• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have The Get Right Band (funk/folk) 8 p.m. March 27, Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (jazz/bluegrass) 8 p.m. March 28 and Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends (Americana/folk) 7:30 p.m. April 3. or 828.246.0602.

• Canton Armory will have “Pickin’ in the Armory” will continue with live music with clogging by Southern Appalachian and Fines Creek Flatfooters on March 27, and Rick Morris Band, Dixie Darlings and Mountain Traditions April 3. Both events begin at 7 p.m.

• City Lights Café (Sylva) will have The Freestylers (Americana) March 27 and Chris Emerson & Ty Bennett (singer-songwriter) April 3. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have James Hammel (jazz/pop) March 27 and Joe Cruz (piano/pop) March 28. Shows begin at 7 p.m. 

• Colonial Theatre (Canton) will have Balsam Range (bluegrass/gospel) as part of their Winter Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. April 4. Jeff Collins, David Johnson and Tony Creasman will open. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Craig Summers & Lee Kram (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. March 26, April 2 and 9. Free. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night March 25 and April 1, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo March 26 and April 2. All events begin at 8 p.m. 

• Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have Dustin Martin (singer-songwriter) March 28 and Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) April 4. 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Rye Baby (country/blues) March 28, Productive Paranoia (bluegrass/Americana) 8 p.m. April 3 and Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends (Americana/folk) April 4. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Pony Named Olga (Americana/punk) March 27. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or 

• Oconaluftee Visitors Center (Cherokee) will have an old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. April 4. All skill levels welcomed. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have Jazz Mountain March 27 and Gary Carter March 28. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. or 828.369.6796.

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have Linda McRae (Americana/roots) at 7:30 p.m. March 26 ($18 in advance, $20 at the door). or 828.283.0079.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have ‘Round The Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) at 8:30 p.m. March 27. Free.

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have DJ Flash March 26, Mangas Colorado (Americana/folk) and Homemade Wine (alternative/country) March 27, and The Freeway Revival (Americana) March 28. All shows begin at 10 p.m. 

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Tonology (metal/hard rock) March 27. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have a Percussion Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. March 26 and Alec Neal Senior Recital 1 p.m. March 29, New York Philharmonic’s Leelance Sterrett at 7:30 p.m. March 30 and an Upperclassmen Trumpet Recital at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Coulter Building. There will also be a Vaughan Williams Choral concert at 3 p.m. March 29 at the Bardo Arts Center. A Battle of the Bands will be from 6 to 11 p.m. April 6 in the University Center Grand Room.

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