On the beatWritten by Admin
Registration open for Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians
Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) is now accepting applications for new students. JAM is an after-school program that provides young people instruction and performance opportunities in Mountain Heritage Music on traditional Appalachian instruments. Some musical experience is required for those registering mid-year. Semester II classes will run January through May 2014.
The classes offered are based on student interest and instructor availability in autoharp, banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. The program is open to all Jackson County students and is held after school on Thursdays at Cullowhee Valley School. The cost this semester is $100 per student.
The Jackson County JAM program is made possible in our community thanks to generous funding from the Jackson County and NC Arts Councils, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The program is run through the Jackson County 4-H.
Jam series to feature Speaking-In-Tunes
The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue with a concert featuring Speaking-In-Tunes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.
The group’s performance of old-time mountain music will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session to which local musicians are invited.
The First Thursday concerts and jam sessions will continue at the Mountain Heritage Center through next spring. The next program will be held Thursday, Feb. 6.
Haywood chorus brings Christmas to Waynesville
The Haywood Community Chorus will present a Christmas program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.
The program, “Nowell! An English Christmas,” will include many spirited and beautiful carols and compositions by prolific and internationally renowned composers, such as Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, R. Vaughan Williams, Sir David Willcocks, William Mathias and other British composers. The 70-member group will be under the direction of guest conductor Lanier Bayliss, and guest accompanist Kathy Geyer McNeil.
The group will be joined by the Signature Winds, as well as soloists and vocal ensembles. The chorus is sponsored in part by the Junaluskans and a Grassroots Grant from the N.C. Arts Council, an agency funded by the state of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bryson City holiday community jam
A community holiday music jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.
Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, anything unplugged, is invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in or visitors can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grandpa’s Music in Bryson City. Normally, Larry starts by calling out a tune and its key signature and the group plays it together. Then, everyone in the circle gets a chance to choose a song for the group to play together.
The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or to learn old-time mountain songs. The music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month year round.
Voices in the Laurel plans auction, concert
The Voices in the Laurel’s “Winter Silent Auction” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska.
Attendees can bid on a variety of local and national items, art, pottery, gift baskets, jewelry, salon/massage services, restaurant gift certificates, getaways and tickets to theme parks.
This auction is on the same day as the Junaluska Christmas Craft Show, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Harrell Center. Both events are in conjunction with the Appalachian Christmas Weekend at Lake Junaluska and the Voices in the Laurel Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in the Lake Junaluska chapel.
Voices in the Laurel is a non-profit choir for young people in first grade through 12th grade from Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties.
www.voicesinthelaurel.org or 828.734.9163.
• Chuck Spencer, The Love Medicated, Darren Curtis & the Buttered Toast, Brandon Reeves, Dustin Martin & The Ramblers, and Cutthroat Shamrock will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva this month. Spencer plays Dec. 5, The Love Mediated, Dec. 6; Curtis, Dec. 7; Reeves, Dec. 12; Martin, Dec. 13, and Cutthroat Shamrock, Dec. 14. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
• A “Blue Ridge Christmas” with Sheila Kay Adams and Michael Reno Harrell will be at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 12, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Adams is a National Heritage Fellowship winner, while Harrell is a renowned, platinum-selling artist. Both encompass the history, culture and music of Appalachia. $12. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com.
• Mountain Faith will perform a “Home for Christmas” special from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Items will be collected for the Operation Christmas Box. Refreshments served at 6:30 p.m. Free. www.mountainlovers.com.
• The second anniversary party with The Mixx, Joey Fortner, and the Bohemian Duo tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. The Mixx play Dec. 6, with Fortner, Dec. 7 and the Bohemian Duo, Dec. 13. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Build Me A Boat and Tina & Her Pony will play City Lights Café in Sylva. Build Me A Boat performs Dec. 13, with Tina & Her Pony, Dec. 14. Both shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com.
• Jazz/pop artist James Hammel, pianist Joe Cruz, and the Jingle Bell Bash featuring Gypsy Bandwagon will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Hammel will play Dec. 6, with Cruz Dec. 7 and 14, and the Jingle Bell Bash Dec. 13. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum food, drink or merchandise purchase. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
• The “Come Messiah King” choral presentation will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at the East Sylva Baptist Church. 828.586.2853.
• The Song O’Sky and Land of the Sky choruses will celebrate “A Season For Harmony” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Terrace Auditorium at Lake Junaluska and 3 p.m. Dec. 8, at the Colonial Theater in Canton. The groups perform barbershop-like harmonies. Tickets for the Lake Junaluska performance are $12.50 and $15 and free for students. The Canton show is free. www.songosky.org or 866.824.9547.