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Open call for JAM students

The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) in Haywood County now has space available for new students.

Sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council, JAM is an after-school program that provides young people instruction and performance opportunities in Mountain Heritage Music on traditional Appalachian instruments. 

The JAM program enables students in grades 4-12 to learn to play fiddle, banjo, and guitar in Appalachian styles from well-known musician teachers. The JAM sessions are held at Canton Middle School from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday through April 18. 

“It’s exciting to see what music education can do for students at a young age,” said Lindsey Solomon, executive director of the HCAC. “Not only does JAM expose students to the music of our region, and show them how to learn together, but we have former students that have decided to make this kind of music their life’s work — earning scholarships to local workshops and colleges.”

There is a $75 spring semester fee per student (approximately $5 per class), with siblings discounted to $40 each. 

Stop by the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville to pick up a registration packet or print from the links on their website, Please contact the Haywood County Arts Council at 828.452.0593 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with enrollment questions. Loaned instruments are available on a first come, first served basis.

Registration deadline is Sept. 5. 


Bryson City community jam

A community music jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

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. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City. 

The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or learn old-time mountain songs. The music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month — year-round. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts.



Open call for Haywood Chorus

The Haywood Community Chorus will begin its spring season with rehearsal at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

Rehearsals will be every Monday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in preparation for the May 7 spring concert. Music for the 2017 spring concert includes traditional, classical, as well as contemporary works.

Membership fee to cover the costs of music is $25, and no audition is required. Tenors are in great demand. Joining together with fellow music lovers, learning new music, singing familiar pieces, and making friends are what choral music and HCC is all about. 

For questions, call Laura Schnabel at 828.557.9187.



• The Canton Armory will host “Winter Pickin’ in the Armory” at 7 p.m. every first and third Friday of the month. The event includes mountain music, vintage country, clogging and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. Free.

• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Tiny & Her Pony (Americana) Jan. 13, Jay Cruz (piano/pop) Jan. 14 and 21, and Bohemian Jean (acoustic rock/pop) Jan. 20. All events begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have music at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.488.8898. 

• Heinzelmännchen Brewery will host a “Cure for Cabin Fever” with Kenry Wong (singer-songwriter) and a potluck from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan 12 and 26. Bring a dish to share while enjoying Henry playing the guitar and mandolin. The brewery will also provide a dish as well as plates, utensils and napkins. 828.631.4466

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night Jan. 11 and 18, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo Jan. 12 and 19. All events are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Karaoke Throwdown w/T&J Entertainment at Jan. 14 and Sol Rhythms Jan. 21. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 828.349.2337 or 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host The Dirty Soul Revival (rock/blues) Jan. 13, Russ T. Nutz (honky-tonk) Jan. 14, Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) Jan. 20 and Pleasures of the Ultra Violent (punk) Jan. 21. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• Oconaluftee Visitors Center (Cherokee) will have an old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 21. All skill levels welcomed.

• 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 

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will host an “Open Mic” night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. All are welcome. 828.283.0079 or 

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will host a weekly Appalachian music night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with Nitrograss. 828.526.8364 or 

• The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host Russ T. Nutz (honky-tonk) Jan. 13, Log Noggins Jan. 14, Ginny McAfee (singer-songwriter) Jan. 20 and Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) Jan. 21. All shows begin at 9 p.m. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will host a Low Brass Festival Guest Artist Rehearse at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Coulter Building. There will also be a Coffeehouse Concert with Elenowen at 7 p.m. Jan. 12 in the UC Illusions.

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