On the beatWritten by Admin
Bryson City community jam
A community music jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 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 you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City. 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 music jams will take place the first and third Thursdays from April to December. Free.
Community dance in Sylva
Out of the Woodwork will provide the music for the community dance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva.
Dancing will include circle and square dances as well as contra dances. No previous experience is necessary and no partner is required. Out of the Woodwork is a band made up of local musicians. Other musicians are invited to sit in with the band, to jam and learn how to play music for dancing.
There will also be a potluck dinner following the dance at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish, plate, cup and cutlery and a water bottle. Suggested donation of $5.
Jazz combo to play Franklin
Too Human will perform as part of a celebration of Women’s History Month at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.
The Massachusetts-based three-piece jazz combo will play standards from the 1920s-40s, paying tribute to the largely overlooked women musicians of the Big Band Era. It’s an upbeat, entertaining, and informative performance for audiences of all ages. In addition, Too Human core members Ellen and Roger Bruno have written songs for Cher, Pat Benatar, Anne Murray, Nancy Wilson, Teddy Pendergrass, and many others.
Admission is by donation.
828.524.3600 or 828.524.7683.
• Legendary 1960s group Gary Puckett & The Union Gap will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The band garnered six consecutive gold records and Top Ten Billboard hits including “Young Girl,” “Woman Woman,” Lady Willpower” and “Over You.” Tickets are $18, $23 and $28. 866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainmusic.com.
• Jesse Stephens and Jacob Jones & Friends will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Courthouse in Sylva. The evening will feature an array of bluegrass, gospel and traditional mountain music selections. Free. 828.631.2646.
• Ashli Rose and Ginni McAfee will perform at the Maggie Valley Rendezvous. Rose will play on March 7, with McAfee, March 8. All shows are free. 828.926.0201 or www.maggievalleyhotel.com.
• Lacy Green, James Hammel, Joe Cruz and Pavel Wlosok will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Green will play March 6, with Hammel, March 7; Cruz, March 8; and Wlosok, March 14. $10 minimum purchase on food, drink or merchandise. 828.452.6000.
• Travers Brothers, Cutthroat Shamrock, American Gonzos, Dylan Riddle, Humps & The Blackouts, and Dustin Martin & The Ramblers will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. The Travers Brothers will play March 6, with Cutthroat Shamrock, March 7; American Gonzos, March 8; Riddle, March 13; Humps & The Blackouts, March 14; and Martin, March 15. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
• Lightning Bugs and Michael Pilgrim will perform as part of the Haywood County Public Libraries “Sunday Concert Series.” Piano-pop group Lightning Bugs will play at the Canton Public Library, with Pilgrim at the Waynesville Public Library. Both shows start at 3 p.m. Free. www.haywoodarts.org.
• Paradise 56, My Highway, Dylan Riddle, Arnold Hill, and Buchanan Boys will be performing at O’Malley’s Pub and Grill in Sylva. Paradise 56 will play March 7, with My Highway March 8, Riddle March 14, Hill March 15, and Buchanan Boys March 17. 828.631.0554.
• ‘Round the Fire will be performing at 7 p.m. March 8 at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. Free. 828.246.0602.
• “Metal Night” with Amnesis, Humps & The Blackouts and DJ SideThree will hit the stage at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. “Metal Night” will be March 8, with Humps & The Blackouts, March 15 and DJ SideThree, March 17. 828.456.4750.
• The “Winter Pickin’ in the Armory” will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the Canton Armory. The event includes mountain music, vintage country, clogging and dancing. Featured performers will be Green Valley Cloggers and Appalachian Mountaineers, with live music from the Rick Morris Band. The “pickin’” is every first and third Friday of the month. www.cantonnc.com.
• Phoenix, Joe Cruz and Brad Austin will play City Lights Café in Sylva. Phoenix will perform March 7, with Cruz, Mach 14, and Austin, March 15. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com.
• Dave Desmelik will perform at 7 p.m. March 7 at Tipping Point Brewing in Waynesville. Free. 828.246.9230.
• Eddie Rose & Highway 40 will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 6, at Smoky Mountain Roasters in Waynesville. The show will be the official kickoff to the 2014 Plottfest season, with other events being announced at the event. The show is free, with donations being accepted at the door to benefit Head Start of Haywood and Jackson counties.
• Becky Hobbs, Benita Hill and Kacey Jones will perform as part of the Songwriters in the Round series at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Balsam Mountain Inn. $47 per person, which includes a buffet dinner. www.balsammountaininn.net.
• Eddie Rose & Highway 40 will be performing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Bogart’s Restaurant and Tavern in Waynesville. 828.452.1313.