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Tuesday, 26 April 2016 00:00

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Acclaimed songwriter to play Franklin

Singer-songwriter James Rogers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. 

From 1975 to 1983, Rogers traveled throughout the country performing in large show rooms and in concerts with great artists such as Alabama, Suzy Bogguss, Roy Clark, Steve Martin, Ricky Skaggs and Dolly Parton. While trying to land a recording contract, he entered a talent contest at a theme park called Silver Dollar City. Out of 2,000 contestants, Rogers won the 1983 National Mountain Music Festival at Silver Dollar City in Pigeon Forge. Silver Dollar City became Dollywood in 1986.

In recent years, Rogers music has taken on a very patriotic tone with several songs featuring tributes to the Armed Forces and other causes that bring listeners closer to God and county. His song, “I Guard America,” was adopted by the National Guard as their official theme song in 1999.

Tickets are $17 each. or 866.273.4615.


Kora master to play Highlands

Sean Gaskell will host a performance of the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed West African harp, at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the Community Room at the Hudson Library in Highlands.

Gaskell will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. The Kora roots stretch back to the mid-1700s and feature traditional songs that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012. His primary teachers were Moriba Kuyateh and Malamini Jobarteh. He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits.

This program is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County. 



WCU Spring Choral Concert 

The talents of two Western Carolina University vocal ensembles — the University Chorus and Concert Choir — will be featured as the WCU School of Music presents its Spring Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the Coulter Building in Cullowhee.

The University Chorus will sing a variety of compositions, including works by Handel and Stephen Chatman, along with a gospel arrangement by composer Robert Ray. The Concert Choir will present selections from “Messa da Requiem” by Giuseppe Verdi. Also featured will be “The Peace of Wild Things,” the poetry of Wendell Berry set to music by American composer Jake Runestad.

The event is free and open to the public. or 828.227.7242.


Mountain Community Chorus spring concert

The 42nd annual Mountain Community Chorus spring season concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 29, and 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the Hilda Glenn Auditorium at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia.

For 42 years, the Mountain Community Chorus has been entertaining the residents of Western North Carolina and North Georgia with seasonal concerts in May and December, which are open free to the public. 

The more than 50 chorus members represent the mountain communities of Southern Appalachia. The group strives to provide an opportunity for talented singers in our mountain communities to learn and perform quality choral music. or 706.897.4267.


Brass quintet to play Franklin

The Macon Arts Council presents the inaugural concert of Tuckasegee Brass at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in the sanctuary of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Franklin.

The program will feature selections to please every musical palate, with works ranging from Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” to John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” Scott Joplin’s “Maple Leaf Rag,” and others. 

Resurrection Lutheran Church is at the intersection of Georgia Road (Business 441) and Maple Street in Franklin, with handicap access. Admission is by donation. This event is produced by the Arts Council of Macon County, with funding from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  

Contact the Macon Arts Council for information, 828.524.ARTS or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 



• Andrews Brewing Company will host Andrew Chastain (singer-songwriter) April 29, Somebody’s Child (Americana) April 30, Troy Underwood (singer-songwriter) May 6 and Hope Griffin Trio (Americana) May 7. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Apple Creek Café (Waynesville) will host an evening of jazz on Saturdays.  

• The City Lights Café (Sylva) will host Dusk Weaver (Americana/bluegrass) at 6 p.m. April 29. 828.587.2233. 

• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Mile Pilgrim & Don Mercz (jazz/swing) April 29, Joe Cruz (piano/pop) April 30, Dallas Wesley (Americana) May 6 and Blue Ribbon Healers (jazz/gypsy) May 7. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Tonology (rock/acoustic) April 29 and Mindframe (rock) April 30. All shows are free. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night April 27 and May 4, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo April 28 and May 5. All events begin at 8 p.m.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Andrew Scotchie & The River Rats (blues/rock) April 30. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the yard. or 828.349.2337.

• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 5. 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 host PlankEye Peggy (Americana) April 29, Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (Americana/bluegrass) April 30, Circus Mutt (rock/jam) May 6 and Franklin’s Kite (Americana) May 7. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host St. Christopher Webster with The Devils Cut and Glitter Bomb Burlesque (rock/blues) April 29 and The Dirty Soul Revival (rock/blues) April 30. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. 

• The Oconaluftee Visitor Center (Cherokee) will host a back porch old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. May 7. All are welcome to come play or simply sit and listen to sounds of Southern Appalachia.

• The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will host Nick Prestia (singer-songwriter) April 29, John Phillip Brooks (singer-songwriter) April 30, The Breedlove Brothers (Americana) May 6 and Scott James Stambaugh (singer-songwriter) May 7. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• Sagebrush Steakhouse (Canton) will host Tony Lafalce Jr. (singer-songwriter) May 3 and Mile High Band (rock) May 10. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.646.3750.

• Salty Dog’s (Maggie Valley) will have Karaoke with Jason Wyatt on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Mile High (rock) at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Andrew Rickman (rock/acoustic) will also perform on Saturdays. All events begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

• Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will host “Hoppy Hour” and an open mic with Jimandi at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, “Funky Friday” with Bud Davis at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Isaish Breedlove (Americana) at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.482.9794 or 

• Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro (Sylva) will host a jazz evening with the Tyler Kittle & Michael Colling Duo (with special guests) every other Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. with the next performance on May 10. or 828.586.1717.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will host Darren Nicholson & Richard Foulk (Americana/bluegrass) during their “Cinco de Weirdo” beard competition and celebration at 7 p.m. May 5. Free. 

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will host Brian Loy & Paradise 56 (blues/rock) April 30. All shows are at 9:30 p.m. There is also a weekly Appalachian music night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with Nitrograss. 

• The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host Joey Fortner & Friends (Americana/bluegrass) April 30. All shows begin at 9 p.m. 

• Waynesville First United Methodist Church will present the Haywood Community Chorus’ “Spring Concert” at 4 p.m. May 1. Free. 828.557.9187.

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