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Ballew brings old-time, folk to Franklin

Acclaimed musician Marshall Ballew will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

Ballew is a singer-songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist, whose repertoire spans over a century of traditional music in an array of styles, from blues and ragtime to folk, old-time, and bluegrass. He performs on a variety of stringed instruments, including guitar, banjo, fiddle, dobro, Hawaiian guitar, and tiple. 

He has performed with such folks as David Lindley, Jorma Kaukonen, Doc Watson, Dave Alvin, and more. His dobro and lap steel work can be heard on recordings by Christine Kane, David Childers, Chris Rosser, The Gospel Playboys, and others. 

Free. 828.524.3600 or www.fontanalib.org.


Americana music at Cradle of Forestry

The Battleaxa Band will play the Songcatchers Music Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Cradle of Forestry in America.

The group presents old time and Americana music that is fun and hard driving. This all-female string band has been creating their fine old time sound for nearly 10 years. Songs and strong harmony vocals form a large part of their repertoire, with foot-tapping traditional dance tunes in the mix.  

Admission for all shows is $6 for ages 16 and older, $3 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. Joe Penland will perform on July 10.

828.877.3130 or www.cradleofforestry.org.


‘An Appalachian Evening’ welcomes Buncombe Turnpike

Celebrating its 17th season, “An Appalachian Evening,” a weekly bluegrass/Americana summer concert series, will return with Buncombe Turnpike at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.

The 2016 series will also include: Front Country (July 9), Mac Arnold (July 16), The Snyder Family (July 23), Balsam Range (July 30), Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (Aug. 6), The Walking Roots Band (Aug. 13), The Jeff Little Trio (Aug. 20) and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (Aug. 27).

www.stecoahvalleycenter.com or 828.479.3364.


‘Groovin’ on the Green’ finds its roots

The “Groovin’ on the Green” concert series will host The Jackson Taylor Band (country/rock) at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at The Village Green in Cashiers. 

Other performs include: Hurricane Creek (rock/blues) July 8, Colby Deitz Band (Americana/bluegrass) July 22, Miss Kitty & The Big City (pop/rock) July 29, Erica Nicole (pop/country) Aug. 5, The Buchanan Boys (country/rock) Aug. 12, Julie Gribble (Americana) Aug. 19, Rockell Scott (pop/piano) Aug. 26 and Hurricane Creek (rock/blues) Sept. 2. 

All shows are free and open to the public.



The Strand to host Unspoken Tradition

Western North Carolina bluegrass group Unspoken Tradition will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $18. www.38main.com. 



•Andrews Brewing Company will host Chastain (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. July 1, Fat Cheek Kat (funk/rock) 7 p.m. July 2, Colby Deitz Band (Americana/bluegrass) 7 p.m. July 4, Scott Stambaugh (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. July 8 and Gold Rose (Americana/folk) 7 p.m. July 9. All shows are free. www.andrewsbrewing.com. 

•Apple Creek Café (Waynesville) will host an evening of piano music on Fridays and jazz on Saturdays. Both events are free and run from 6 to 9 p.m. 828.456.9888 or www.applecreekcafe.com. 

•BearWaters Brewing Company (Waynesville) will have live music and Doc Brown BBQ at 6 p.m. June 30 and July 7. 828.246.0602 or www.bwbrewing.com. 

•The Bryson City Train Depot concert series will host The Freight Hoppers (Americana) July 2 and The Twelfth Fret (pop/rock) July 9. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com. 

•City Lights Café (Sylva) will host Liz Nance (Americana/folk) July 9. Shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.587.2233.

•The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host James Hammel (singer-songwriter) July 1, Joe Cruz (piano/pop) July 2, Dulci Ellenberger & Kevin Williams (folk/pop) July 8 and Steven Fiore (singer-songwriter) July 9. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

•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 Foxfire (Americana/bluegrass) July 1 and Southern Highlands (Americana/bluegrass) July 8. Both shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. www.highlandschamber.org. 

•Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host The Dirty Soul Revival (blues/rock) 9 p.m. July 1 and Bohemian Jean (singer/songwriter) 7 p.m. July 2. All shows are free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

•Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night June 29 and July 6, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo June 30 and July 7. All events begin at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com.

•Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host “Reggae Sunsplash” with DJ Justin Moe and PMA (reggae/rock) at 7:30 p.m. July 2 and The Corbitt-Clampitt Experience (rock/blues) 8 p.m. July 9. All shows are free. www.lazyhikerbrewing.com. 

•Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will host Bean Sidhe (Celtic/folk) at 7 p.m. June 30. There will also be a community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 7. 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. 

•The Nantahala Outdoor Center (Bryson City) will host Ogya (world/roots) at 6 p.m. July 1, music all day during their “Sizzlin’ 4th of July” celebration, The Freight Hoppers (Americana/old-time) 6 p.m. July 7 and Bird In Hand (Americana) July 8. All shows are free. www.noc.com. 

•No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host Prophets of Time (funk/jam) July 1, Wyze Gyze (rock) July 2, Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) July 8 and The Colby Deitz Band (Americana/bluegrass) July 9. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. www.nonamesportspub.com. 

•The Oconaluftee Visitor Center (Cherokee) will host a back porch old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. July 2. All are welcome to come play or simply sit and listen to sounds of Southern Appalachia.

•The “Pickin’ On The Square” concert series will continue with The Remenents (rock) July 2 and The Rick Morris Band (country) July 9. All shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. A community jam begins at 6:30 p.m. www.franklinnc.com or 828.524.2516. 

•Pub 319 (Waynesville) will host an Open Mic with Sandra Hess at 9 p.m. on Wednesdays. 828.456.3040.

•The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will host Dave Stewart (singer-songwriter) July 1, Sweet Charity July 2 and The Ozone Spiders July 9. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.rathskellerfranklin.com. 

•Salty Dog’s (Maggie Valley) will have Karaoke with Jason Wyatt on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Mile High (rock) at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Andrew Rickman (rock/acoustic) will also perform on Saturdays. All events begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

•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 www.satulahmountainbrewing.com. 

•The “Saturday’s on the Pine” concert series at Kelsey Hutchinson Park in Highlands will host Fish Out of Water (rock/funk) July 2 and Lyric (pop/funk) July 9. Both shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

•Sneak E Squirrel Brewing (Sylva) will host Bobby G (singer-songwriter) at 8 p.m. July 2, Pig Pickin’ with Frank Lee July 4, Contra dancing 8 p.m. July 8, Heidi Holton (blues/folk) 8 p.m. July 9. There will also be a “Funk to What?” open jam at 8 p.m. every Thursday. 828.586.6440. 

•The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host Mountain Voices (community chorus) at 7 p.m. June 30 ($10) and country star Neal McCoy 7:30 p.m. July 1 (tickets start at $24). www.greatmountainmusic.com. 

•Southern Porch (Canton) will host Kevin Fuller (singer-songwriter) June 30, Helena Hunt (singer-songwriter) July 1, Jason Whitaker July 2, Hope Griffin Duo July 7 and Ryan Perry Band July 8. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.492.8006 or www.facebook.com/southernkitchenkandd.

•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.

•Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will host Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) July 1, Heidi Holton (blues/folk) 8 p.m. July 2 and Trippin Hardie 8 p.m. July 8. Both shows are free and start at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.246.9230. 

•The Ugly Dog Pub (Cashiers) will host a “Bluegrass Mix-Up” night at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and a “jazz night” with Tyler Kittle & Friends at 6 p.m. on Fridays. 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 www.theuglydogpub.com. 

•Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will host an “Appalachian Concert” with Sarah Hall (Americana) at 5 p.m. July 2 in the Coulter Building. There will also be a performance by Brent Cobb (Americana/country) at 7 p.m. July 6 on the UC Lawn. www.wcu.edu.

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