On stageWritten by Admin
Gershwin melodies come to Highlands
Enjoy an evening of music featuring keyboardist daMon and singer Marsha DuPree at 8 p.m. May 23-25 and 2 p.m. May 26 at the Highlands Playhouse.
The show features some of America’s favorite songs written by George and Ira Gershwin and sung by the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. Then jump 50 years forward and dance to pop songs by Burt Bacharach, which were made famous by Dion Warwick and Tom Jones.
DuPree is a jazz vocalist based in Atlanta.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $12 for children up to 12.
828.526.2695 or www.highlandsplayhouse.org.
Waynesville gets festive at block party
A “Block Party” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in downtown Waynesville.
Main Street will be blocked to traffic to make way for strolling pedestrians, sidewalk dining, music and dancing.
The 96.5 House Band will be on center stage near Pheasant Hill. On the north end, Josh Field’s Band will perform near Tipping Point Tavern, with Soldier’s Heart on the south end near Earthworks Gallery.
Some restaurants will expand into the street with tables and chairs. Many downtown shops and galleries will remain open late.
An hour of “Kids on Main” activities will begin early at 6 p.m. for young families to come eat and play before bedtime. Children’s activities include art, games, cupcake decorating, cookie decorating, color/decorating birds, colored pencil masterpieces, chalk art, and more. Face painting and Mr. Tom the Balloon Man will also be on-site. Hot dog dinners will be served by the Waynesville Police Department.
Karen “Sugar” Barnes and Dave Magill will be performing in Waynesville on May 24.
Blues/folk rolls through Waynesville
Karen “Sugar” Barnes and Dave Magill will be playing from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 24, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.
Barnes is the daughter of lap-steel player, Three-Finger Dean Young. It was Young who first introduced her to a harmony guitar and from that point, Barnes focused on learning music and theater. She has been a featured musician at MerleFest and many local festivals.
Magill began his musical career playing folk music in Boston coffeehouses. He traveled the southwest performing classical and contemporary country music on bass, guitar and piano.
There is a $10 minimum purchase per person. www.classicwineseller.com or 828.452.6000.
Craft beer and food tasting in Haywood
The “Biergarten in the Garden” craft beer and food tasting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at The Herren House in Waynesville.
The event is co-hosted by The Herren House and The Classic Wineseller. There will be five foods paired with five specially selected beers. Live music will be provided by Michael Pilgrim.
Tickets are $19.99 per person.
Songwriter brings soul to the stage in Sylva
Singer/songwriter Angela-Faye Martin will be performing at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at City Lights Café in Sylva.
From deep in the mountains of North Carolina, Martin recently put out her latest album, “Anniversary.” Recorded at Sound of Music Studios in Virginia during the summer of 2012, the record includes 11 original songs, written and performed by Martin.
“‘Anniversary’ is the product of two years of writing and a widespread search for the right producer and studio to bring these songs to their full creative potential,” Martin said. “These are hymns of grief, full-on rock-spells against enemies of mother nature and what some would consider love songs.”
Martin will be joined onstage by Lu Kane of Bleedstone. The event is free and open to the public.
Make a date for music at Cataloochee
Jeanne Naber will be performing at Cataloochee Ranch near Maggie Valley on Wednesdays this summer. Sitting around the campfire, Naber plays a variety of folk and country melodies from the 1960s and 1970s. The show begins for guests after dinner at the ranch. For dinner reservations, call 828.926.1401. www.cataloocheeranch.com.