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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

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Café String Quartet to play Franklin

The Café String Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Their music includes classics by Beethoven, Gershwin, Bach and many other notable composers, but they also throw in an eclectic mix of fan favorites that keeps things exciting. Each quartet member draws from a rich professional history of training and study as well as eclectic performance experiences. Enjoy an evening of classical, pop, jazz, Broadway and more as the group brings their unique perspective of performance and storytelling in a salute to love songs. 

Tickets cost $14. or 866.273.4615.


PMA brings rock, roots to Sylva

Local rock/roots group Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

PMA was formed in Charlotte during the summer of 2008 by long time friends Kyle Coleman, Matthew Yelen and Phil Thomas and were later joined by Miller Watson. Gathering influences from dub reggae, roots reggae, and alternative/psychedelic sounds, PMA offers a unique style of music that aims to lift your spirits. 

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 


828.586.2016 or


Celtic concert in Bryson City 

A Celtic music concert featuring harpist/singer Ann-Adèle Lloyd and flutist Milissa Ellison will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. 

Lloyd will be performing on Celtic harps, while Ellison will perform on various modern and historical instruments, including a flute made in London in the early 1800’s.

Immediately following the concert there will be a meet and greet reception for the musicians and also for oil and watercolor painter Elizabeth Ellison and papermaker Ann Smith, whose artwork will be on display at the Center for the Arts through mid-March.  

Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


828.488.7843 or


Balsam Range welcomes The Harris Brothers

Renowned bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range “Winter Concert Series” will continue with The Harris Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Colonial Theatre in Canton. 

Balsam Range, winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association award for “Entertainer of the Year,” will perform, with The Harris Brothers opening the show. The Harris Brothers’ infinite live repertoire consists of any number of genres, including traditional roots music, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Appalachian mountain music, to vintage country and bluegrass. A typical live show effortlessly shifts from original tunes to their own arrangements of songs from all sides of the Americana musical spectrum.

“We try to get our own musical heroes and influences to the shows,” said Balsam Range mandolinist Darren Nicholson. “We want our hometown folks to enjoy the artists that we admire and who inspire us. Plus, these are guest artists who don’t get to play in this area very often.”

The Balsam Range Winter Concert Series is sponsored by Amy Spivey of ERA Sunburst Realty, The Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa and Smoky Mountain Roasters Coffee Shop.

Tickets cost $22.

828.235.2760 or



• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Max Gross Weight (rock) at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 and Joshua Dean Acoustically at 8 p.m. Feb. 7. or 828.246.0602.

• City Lights Café (Sylva) will have Joseph Catanese (singer-songwriter) at 7 p.m. Jan. 31. 

• Classic Wine Seller (Waynesville) will have James Hammel (jazz/pop) Jan. 30 and Joe Cruz (piano/pop) Jan. 31. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have ‘Round The Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) at 6 p.m. Jan. 29, Craig Summers & Lee Kram 6 p.m. Feb. 5 and Bobby Sullivan Band 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Free. 828.454.5664 or

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night on Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, and a jazz night Jan. 29 and Feb. 5. Events begin at 8 p.m. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Porch 40 (funk/rock) at 9 p.m. Jan. 29. Free. 828.586.2750 or 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have John Phillip Brooks Jan. 30, Nick Prestia Jan. 31, David Spangler Feb. 6 and South Ridge Feb. 7. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. or 828.369.6796.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter) at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 and Red Led Huskey 9 p.m. Feb. 6. Free.

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Eyes Set To Kill and Die So Fluid at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will present M. Schallock & W. Peebles (tuba/bassoon) Feb. 3, Ian Jeffress (saxophone) Feb. 5. Both performances are at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Coulter Building. 

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