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‘Fall for Jazz’ returns to Classic Wineseller

The “Fall for Jazz” series will kickoff with The Russ Wilson Trio at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

Known as the “Mouth of the South,” Wilson is one of the most renowned jazz, swing and gypsy jazz singers in Southern Appalachia. The series will continue with Sidney Barnes & Richard Shulman on Oct. 17 and The 9th Street Stompers Oct. 24.

Tickets are $44.99 per person, which includes a four-course dinner.

828.452.6000 or


Antioch welcomes Ugandan Thunder 

The music and dancing of Ugandan Thunder Children's Choir from Africa will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Antioch Baptist Church in Waynesville.

A nationally acclaimed choir consisting of 22 multi-talented children, the choir members range in age from 9-16, and are from the Royal School and Orphanage in Uganda, East Africa. The Royal School is ranked among the top ten schools in all of Uganda. The group will sing some of your favorite songs both in African and American styles.  

The Ugandan Thunder Tour is sponsored by Pennies for Posho, a nonprofit Christian ministry that provides food, clothing, shelter, and clean drinking water for eighteen orphanages in Uganda. You can learn more about this ministry at

Everyone is invited to attend this free concert. 



Motown, classic rock in Franklin

“Rock the Square,” an outdoor concert and street dance, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Town Square Gazebo in Franklin. 

C-Square will perform vintage hits recorded by Motown music legends Ray Charles, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and others, along with golden oldies dating from Elvis and The Everly Brothers to Billy Joel and The Doobie Brothers, plus a little classic country.  

Attendees should bring a lawn chair. This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, with support from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  


828.524.ARTS or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


William & Sarah come to Cullowhee

Traditional music act William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the auditorium of the H.F. Robinson Administration Building at Western Carolina University. The show is part of the First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series at WCU. Recently married, the couple met as students while attending Appalachian State University and has been playing traditional music together for nearly five years. In 2015, they played Merlefest and released a self-titled album. Though their music reflects many southern traditional styles, they are mostly influenced by the sights and sounds of Western North Carolina. Free. 828.227.7129.


Storytelling at The Strand

Renowned Appalachian singer-songwriter and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.


Duke perspectives on music, teaching

Teaching and learning expert, radio commentator and University of Texas-Austin music professor Bob Duke will hold two public speaking engagements at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

• Thursday, Oct. 8, “If We Learn Like That, Why Do We Teach Like This?” at 7 p.m. in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater.

• Friday, Oct. 9, “Beautiful,” about not losing the emotional connection to music during music instruction, at 1:25 p.m. in Coulter Building recital hall. 

Duke appears on the weekly public radio program and podcast “Two Guys on Your Head” that looks life, learning and aspects of human behavior. He is the founder and director of the University of Texas-Austin Center for Music Learning and also directs the psychology of learning program at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. 

A former studio musician and public school music teacher, his academic research spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning and neuroscience. His most recent work explores memory and cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation. 

Duke has directed national research efforts under the sponsorship of such organizations as the National Piano Foundation and the International Suzuki Institute. He lectures frequently on the topics of human learning, systematic observation and evaluation, and behavior management, presenting workshops and teaching demonstrations throughout North America. He is the author of Scribe 4 behavioral analysis software. His recent books are “Intelligent Music Teaching: Essays on the Core Principles of Effective Instruction” and “The Habits of Musicianship: A Radical Approach to Beginning Band.” 

His two-day residency is sponsored by WCU’s Visiting Scholar Program, College of Education and Allied Professions, College of Fine and Performing Arts, School of Music, Coulter Faculty Commons and university music fraternities. 

Both lectures are free and open to the public.



Rock opera on strings at The Strand

Acclaimed bluegrass act The Hillbenders will perform The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Dubbed ‘WhoGrass,’ the band will run through the classic rock opera with their string talents. $18 in advance, $22 at the door.



• Balsam Mountain Inn will have Wood Newton, Phillip Lammonds and Henry Hipkens as part of its Songwriters in the Round series at 6 p.m. Oct. 3. $47 per person, which includes a buffet dinner. 828.456.9498 or 

• BearWaters Brewing Company (Waynesville) will have the Calvin Get Down (Motown/funk) 7 p.m. Oct. 3, Taylor Martin’s Engine (Americana) 8 p.m. Oct. 9 and Somebody’s Child (Americana) 6 p.m. Oct. 10.  

• Bogart’s (Waynesville) will have live bluegrass/string music with Eddie Rose & Highway 40 Oct. 1. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 828.452.1313. 

• The Bryson City Train Depot “Music in the Mountains” concert series will have Boogertown Gap (bluegrass) Oct. 3 and Donna Hughes Oct. 10. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

• Eagle Fork Vineyards (Franklin) will host “Wine Under The Stars” music and dining event from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 3. $15 per person. 828.369.3675 or 

• First United Methodist Church (Sylva) will hold an Open Door Meal & Sing at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Acoustic bassist Diana Jurss will perform. Church members provide the food and beverages. Public welcome. 828.586.2358.

• Friday Night Live (Highlands) summer concert series will have Southern Highlands Oct. 2 and The Johnny Webb Band Oct. 9. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Polly Panic (cello/rock) at 8 p.m. Oct. 3 and Sea Notes (bluegrass) 7 p.m. Oct. 10. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo Oct. 1 and 8. All events begin at 8 p.m. 

• Iotla Baptist Church (Franklin) will host The Rob Mills Family at 6 p.m. Oct. 4. 828.524.7167.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host an Oktoberfest with Barry Bryson & Emporium Band at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Tickets are $50, which includes authentic German food, two pints of craft beer and two glasses of wine. All proceeds to benefit the Angel Medical Cancer Care Center. 

• Macon County Community Building (Franklin) will host the High Mountain Squares “Harvest Day Dance” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2. Marty Northrup will be the caller. Western style square dancing, main/stream and plus levels. All welcome. or 828.332.0001. 

• Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden (Waynesville) will have Rye Baby (Americana/bluegrass) Oct. 2 and Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (Americana/TLC tribute) Oct. 9. All events begin at 9 p.m. 

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will have Whimzik (world) at 7 p.m. Sept. 30. Free. 

• The Maggie Valley Opry House will have legendary banjoist Raymond Fairchild at 8 p.m. nightly through October. Admission is $12. or 828.926.9336.

• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. 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. 

• Nantahala Brewing Company (Bryson City) will have The Rough & Tumble (Americana) Oct. 2 and Stolen Rhodes (rock) Oct. 9. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Darren & The Buttered Toast (funk/soul) Oct. 2, Johnny Monster Band Oct. 3, 9 Day Trip Oct. 9 and Russ T. Nutz (outlaw country) Oct. 10. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or 

• The Pickin’ on the Square (Franklin) summer concert series will have The J.W. Band (country) Oct. 3 and Curtis Blackwell (bluegrass) Oct. 10. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. An open mic starts at 6:30 p.m. Free. 

• 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 

• 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.

• Tuck’s Tap & Grill (Cullowhee) will have DJ X 10 p.m. Oct. 1 and 8, Through The Hills (Americana/bluegrass) 8 p.m. Oct. 2 and Tyler Denning Band 9 p.m. Oct. 3.

• The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin will host a fundraiser with Synergy (singer-songwriter/folk) at 7 p.m. Oct. 3. $12 suggested donation, with proceeds going to the UUFF operating fund. 828.369.8658 or 828.524.3161.

• The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will have The Dirty Soul Revival (hard rock/blues) Oct. 2, Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) Oct. 3 and SmokeRise (rock) Oct. 10. All shows begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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