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Ubuntu Choir brings world music to Franklin

The Franklin Ubuntu Choir will perform a concert of music from around the world and here at home at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at the First Presbyterian Chapel in Franklin. 

The 30-voice a cappella choir sings inspiring and uplifting music drawn from diverse traditions and cultures, in several languages including Aramaic, Hawaiian, Maori and Zulu. 

This family-friendly event is presented by the Arts Council of Macon County, with funding from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  

Free, but donations are welcome.

828.524.7683 or www.artscouncilofmacon.org.

 

Bryson City library welcomes Bean Sidhe

The premier Celtic band of the Smokies, Bean Sidhe will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. 

Join Bean Sidhe (pronounced: ban-shee) for a lively evening of traditional music from the British Isles. The group began as a means for members to explore the connections linking traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales with its contemporary American counterparts, especially in the bluegrass, country and folk genres. The Friends of the Marianna Black Library will be there to provide snacks and refreshments.  

Free.

828.488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.

 

WCU to present Arts Alive @ 125 

Western Carolina University’s first couple will host a show celebrating 125 years of the arts at WCU called Arts Alive @ 125 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.

Chancellor David O. Belcher, a classically trained concert pianist, and wife Susan Brummell Belcher, a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, will host the event and make special appearances. 

Performers will include students from the School of Music and School of Stage and Screen, the Catamount Singers and Electric Soul, and the WCU dancers. In addition, there will be a special surprise performance. 

The benefit concert launches the 2014-15 membership drive for the WCU Friends of the Arts.

www.celebrate125.wcu.edu or 828.227.2479 or www.friendsofthearts.wcu.edu.

 

Also:

•Johnny Hayes & The Love Seats, Porch 40, Andrew Chastain, Old School, Celtic Keg Stand and The Hooten Hallers will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Hayes will play Aug. 28-29, with Porch 40 Aug. 30, Chastain Sept. 4, Old School Sept. 5, Celtic Keg Stand Sept. 6 and The Hooten Hallers Sept. 7-8. All shows begin at 9 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

•Blues-rocker Blind Lemon Philips will perform during the Labor Day Extravaganza from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Village Commons in Cashiers. www.visitcashiersvalley.com. 

•Acoustic duo The Moon & You and jazz/rock/funk group The Preston Cate Trio will perform at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. The Moon & You plays Aug. 29, with The Preston Cate Trio Sept. 5. Both performances are at 8 p.m. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com.

•Multi-platinum country singer-songwriter Jo Dee Messina will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $37, $33 and $26. 866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com. 

•Classic rock outfit Dashboard Blue will perform as part of the “Concerts on the Slopes” at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Sapphire Valley Resort. Pre-show tickets are $20, with day-of-show tickets $25. 828.883.5662.

•Guitarist Jay Brown and pianist Joe Cruz will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Brown will play Aug. 29, with Cruz Aug. 30. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

•‘Round the Fire, Dustin Martin & The Ramblers, SmokeRise, Electric Circus and Fine will perform at the Maggie Valley Rendezvous. ‘Round the Fire plays Aug. 29, with Martin Aug. 30, SmokeRise Aug. 30 and Aug. 31 (poolside 3 to 6 p.m.), Electric Circus Sept. 6 and Fine Line Sept. 7 (poolside 3 to 6 p.m.). All shows begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.926.0201.

•The Freestylers and Ryan Parmer will perform at City Lights Café in Sylva. The Freestylers play Aug. 29, with Parmer Sept. 6. Free. www.citylightscafe.com. 

•Bluegrass band The Frogtown Four and Ms. Kitty & The Big City Band will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. The Frogtown Four plays Aug. 30, with Ms. Kitty & The Big City Band Sept. 6. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.524.2516 or www.franklin-chamber.com.

•Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Keli Nathan and Molly Fish & Ian Grady and The Wilhelm Brothers will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, with Fish & Grady Aug. 29 and The Wilhelm Brothers Sept. 5. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

•Bluegrass/Americana group Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys will perform at part of An Appalachian Evening concert series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students. Dinner services begin at 6 p.m. in the Schoolhouse Café. Next up in the series will be Balsam Range on Sept. 6. 828.479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com. 

•The Summer Live Music Series will continue with Local, Ogya, Lefty Williams Band and The Bayou Diesel Band at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. Local plays Aug. 29, with Ogya Aug. 30, Williams Sept. 5 and The Bayou Diesel Band Sept. 6. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com. 

•Reggae/rock group The Caribbean Cowboys and Americana/folk act Ian Moore & The Second Hand String Band will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. The Caribbean Cowboys play Aug. 30, with Moore Sept. 6. Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com. 

•Singer-songwriter Andrew Scotchie will perform as part of the Saturdays on Pine concert series at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands. Free.

•Mountain High Dulcimer Group and Curtis Blackwell will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series at Town Square in Highlands. Mountain High Dulcimer Group plays Aug. 29, with Blackwell Sept. 5. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.

•The Remnants will perform at Concerts on the Creek at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Bridge Park in Sylva. Free. 828.586.2155. 

•Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Gary Zimmerman will entertain on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle and guitar at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Cowee Farmer’s Market in Franklin. The market is open every Tuesday from 3:30 until 7 p.m. www.coweefarmersmarket.com.

•The Literacy Council of Highlands will host pianist Randall Atcheson in concert on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Highlands Playhouse. With a champagne reception at 3 p.m., the show will be from 4 to 6 p.m. $50 per person. 828.526.2695 or www.highlandsliteracy.com.

•Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Keli Nathan and Molly Fish & Ian Grady and The Wilhelm Brothers will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play Aug. 28 and Sept. 4, with Fish & Grady Aug. 29 and The Wilhelm Brothers Sept. 5. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

•Bluegrass/Americana group Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys will perform at part of An Appalachian Evening concert series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for students. Dinner services begin at 6 p.m. in the Schoolhouse Café. Next up in the series will be Balsam Range on Sept. 6. 828.479.3364 or www.stecoahvalleycenter.com. 

•The Summer Live Music Series will continue with Local, Ogya, Lefty Williams Band and The Bayou Diesel Band at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. Local plays Aug. 29, with Ogya Aug. 30, Williams Sept. 5 and The Bayou Diesel Band Sept. 6. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com. 

•Reggae/rock group The Caribbean Cowboys and Americana/folk act Ian Moore & The Second Hand String Band will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. The Caribbean Cowboys play Aug. 30, with Moore Sept. 6. Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com. 

•Singer-songwriter Andrew Scotchie will perform as part of the Saturdays on Pine concert series at 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in Highlands. Free.

•Mountain High Dulcimer Group and Curtis Blackwell will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series at Town Square in Highlands. Mountain High Dulcimer Group plays Aug. 29, with Blackwell Sept. 5. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.

•The Remnants will perform at Concerts on the Creek at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Bridge Park in Sylva. Free. 828.586.2155. 

•Multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Gary Zimmerman will entertain on the hammered dulcimer, fiddle and guitar at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, at the Cowee Farmer’s Market in Franklin. The market is open every Tuesday from 3:30 until 7 p.m. www.coweefarmersmarket.com.

•The Literacy Council of Highlands will host pianist Randall Atcheson in concert on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Highlands Playhouse. With a champagne reception at 3 p.m., the show will be from 4 to 6 p.m. $50 per person. 828.526.2695 or www.highlandsliteracy.com.

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