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Soldier’s Heart to play Sylva

Americana/folk group Soldier’s Heart will perform as part of Concert on the Creek from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Bridge Park in Sylva.

With their own brand of what they call “honest porch and soul” music, Soldier’s Heart brings the kind of down-home satisfaction to the ear that a fine home-cooked meal does to the belly. The sextet seamlessly blends traditional mountain instrumentation with contemporary songwriting to accomplish the goal of “Bringing the front porch to the people.” With influences from the late Doc Watson to Bob Dylan and The Band, the group encompasses the spectrum of American music.

Country/rock band Sundown will perform next in the series on July 25. The series is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. 




LaPrelle, Roberts-Gevalt to play Cradle

Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt will play the Songcatchers Music Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the Cradle of Forestry in America.

LaPrelle and Roberts-Gevalt met in 2010 and soon began planning adventures together. These talented young women use all the creative tools they can think of: storytelling, research, fiddle, banjo, guitar, ballads, puppets, poetry and handmade moving scrolls called “crankies.” The duo honor the lives and creativity of those who have gone before us - ancestors, pioneers, friends and teachers. They enjoy bringing to life old ballads, tunes, hymns and stories of everyday people, as well as sharing traditions with today’s youth.

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. 

828.877.3130 or


Dulcimer masters at WCU

The mountain dulcimer virtuosos who make up the instructional staff for Western Carolina University’s annual summer dulcimer conference will present a show “in the round” at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.

Tickets, priced at $10 for the public and $5 for WCU faculty, staff and students, are available by calling the Bardo Arts Center box office, at 828.227.2479 or by going online to  

WCU’s 15th annual Dulcimer U Summer Week, scheduled July 13-18, features an instructional staff of nationally recognized musicians and performers, including hosts Larry and Elaine Conger. The event will bring dulcimer masters and students to campus for six days of classes and concerts. or 828.227.7397.


Summer Jazz Series in Waynesville

The Summer Jazz Series will continue on July 19 and 26 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 

The series includes Rockell Scott and Bill Bares on July 19, and the Radiance Quartet on July 26, with Latin jazz.

Each night includes a lavish four-course dinner with live jazz for $39.99 per person. To reserve your table call 828.452.6000 or email requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



• The Corbitt Brothers, Darren & The Buttered Toast and Owner of the Sun will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. The Corbitt Brothers and Darren & The Buttered Toast will play July 18, with Owner of the Sun July 19-20. All shows begin at 9 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or 

• The High Mountain Squares will host the Hillbilly Dance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 18, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Jim Duncan will be the caller. Western style square dance, mainstream and plus levels. 828.371.4946 or 828.342.1560 or 

• A community jam will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Open jam sessions for musicians and singers of any skill level. Free. 828.488.3030.

• Appalachian/blues singer-songwriter Scott Ainslie will hold a music workshop at 4 p.m. and concert at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. The musician will teach attendees the art of songwriting and storytelling. $12. 

• Folk group Packway Handle Band, soul/roots act Jerry’s Bones, Noonday Sun and Americana/folk band Soldier’s Heart will perform at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Packway Handle Band will play July 18, with Jerry’s Bones July 19, Noonday Sun July 25 and Soldier’s Heart July 26. Performances are at 8 p.m. Free. 

• Reggae band The Root of All, Americana group The Old Guard and The Spontaneous Combustion Jam will be at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. The Root of All plays July 18, with The Old Guard July 25. Both performances are at 7 p.m. The jam runs from 8 p.m. to midnight every Monday, with all players welcome. 828.246.0602 or 

• Jazz-fusion act The Jeff Sipe Trio and country artist Erica Nicole will perform at Groovin’ on the Green at the Village Commons in Cashiers. Sipe plays July 18, with Nicole July 25. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 

• Lyric, Caleb Burress and Humps & The Blackouts will perform at the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville. Lyric plays July 18, with Burress July 25 and Humps & The Blackouts July 26. All shows begin at 9 p.m. 828.456.4750.

• Appalachian bluegrass/gospel band Mountain Faith and oldies group The Elderly Brothers will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. Mountain Faith plays July 19, with The Elderly Brothers July 26. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.524.2516 or

• Craig Summers & Lee Kram, AJ Pratt, ‘Round the Fire, Fritz Beer and Bohemian Jean will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play July 17 and 24, with Pratt July 18, ‘Round the Fire July 19, Fritz Beer July 25 and Bohemian Jean July 26. Thursday shows begin at 6 p.m., with weekend performances starting at 7 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or 

• Tellico will perform as part of the Outdoor 76 concert series at 6 p.m. July 23 in downtown Franklin. Live music and craft beer. $5 per person. 828.349.7676 or 

• The Haywood Community Band will hold a special Salute America performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the Maggie Valley Pavilion. The event will include an array of patriotic music selections. Free.

• Appalachian string/bluegrass groups The Snyder Family Band and The Special Consensus will perform at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. The Snyder Family Band plays July 19, with The Special Consensus July 26. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $20 (The Snyder Family Band) and $25 (The Special Consensus) for adults, $10 for students. Dinner services begin at 6 p.m. in the Schoolhouse Café. 828.479.3364 or 

• The Summer Live Music Series will continue with the Pioneer Chicken Stand Band, Porch 40, PMA and Somebody’s Child at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. Pioneer Chicken Stand Band plays July 18, with Porch 40 July 19, PMA July 25 and Somebody’s Child July 26. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Acoustic/folk act Dogwood Winter and mandolin/guitar duo Chant the Trees will perform at City Lights Café in Sylva. Dogwood Winter plays July 18, with Chant the Trees July 25. Free. or 828.587.2233.

• Rockabilly/funk group Unawarewulves will perform as part of the Western Carolina University summer concert series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Central Plaza in Cullowhee. Free.

• Rockers The Grove Band and funk/Motown act Porch 40 will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. The Grove Band plays July 19, with Porch 40 July 26. Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

• Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will perform at 7 p.m. July 26 at the Historic Cowee School. $10 per person.

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