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Tuesday, 03 March 2015 00:00

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Goforth to bring bluegrass to WCU

Acclaimed bluegrass musician Josh Goforth will perform as part of the First Thursday concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

On top of coming from a long line of mountain pickers, Goforth is more recently known for his collaborations with musician/historian David Holt. The concert will last an hour and will be followed by an open jam session during which traditional musicians of all skill levels are invited to participate.

The First Thursday series of concerts and open jams include some of the region’s best old-time and bluegrass musicians. The events align with “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time” programs given across WCU that explore historical, social and cultural impacts that have shaped the state.



Lightning Bugs bring Americana to Canton

The Haywood County Arts Council presents The Lightning Bugs in concert at 3 p.m. March 15 at the Canton Public Library.

Fronted by Jenny and Jason Martin, the Americana group is from Asheville. They are well known for their indie and classic rock-n-roll style, along with some old-time Appalachian gospel songs. The duo will be joined by George Sweet on cello. 

In conjunction with the Haywood County Arts Council, the event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



Sylva library holds community dance

A community dance will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 8, in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

Dancing will include circle and square dances as well as contra dances. All dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. No previous experience is necessary and no partner is required.

Ron Arps will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork, a band made up on local musicians. The group invites anyone who plays an instrument 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. Please bring a covered dish, plate, cup, cutlery and a water bottle.

Admission is a suggested donation of $5.

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Macon library welcomes jazz trio

The Too Human jazz trio will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.  

The hour-long concert will feature jazz standards from The American Songbook.  According to Sit ‘N Bull Concert Series host Dave Fishken, Too Human offers “some of the best darned songs you ever heard, played with a depth of soul you rarely hear.” The trio is composed of Ellen Schwartz and Roger Bruno, a Massachusetts-based pair of critically acclaimed musician/songwriters, and Shannon Hoover, a bassist from Greenville, South Carolina.  

This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. Entry is by donation. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.ARTS.


WCU to screen music documentary

A screening of the acclaimed documentary “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” with roots music icon Chris Strachwitz will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, in the UC Theatre at Western Carolina University.

Strachwitz is a detective of sounds, an archaeologist of deep American music, the antithesis of the corporate “mouse music” that dominates the American ear. Born a German count, Strachwitz fled his homeland after World War II at age 16. In the United States he discovered, and shared, a musical landscape that most Americans missed. 

For the last 50 years, he has carried his tape recorder from sharecrop shacks to roadside honkytonks, from cantina dives to wild Blues clubs. His recordings on his independent label, Arhoolie Records, introduced Cajun music from Louisiana, Tex-Mex from Texas, and Blues from the country into the living rooms of the world. These recordings revolutionized the sound of music around the world. 

In “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!,” film makers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling join Strachwitz for a hip-shaking stomp from New Orleans to Texas, Cajun country to Appalachia, as he continues his passionate quest for the musical soul of America. 



• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Through The Hills (Americana/folk) March 6, Joshua Dean acoustically (singer-songwriter) 8 p.m. March 7, Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (singer-songwriter) March 13 and Somebody’s Child (Americana/folk) March 14. All shows are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. or 828.246.0602.

• Canton Armory will have the Black Mountain Ramblers, Smokey Mountain Stompers and Southern Mountain Fire during “Pickin’ In The Armory” at 7 p.m. March 6. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Sheila Gordon (piano/jazz) March 6, Joe Cruz (piano/pop) March 7 and 14, and the Kittle/Collings Duo (jazz) March 13. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Craig Summers & Lee Kram at 6 p.m. March 5 and 12. Free. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night March 4 and 11, and a jazz night March 5 and 12. All events begin at 8 p.m. 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have The DuPont Brothers (acoustic folk) at 8:30 p.m. March 14. Free. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Carolina Cud Chewers (Americana/old-time string) March 6, Red Neck Romancer March 7, Pressing Strings (roots/rock) March 13 and Productive Paranoia (Americana/bluegrass) March 14. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or 

• Oconaluftee Visitors Center (Cherokee) will have an old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. March 7. All skill levels welcomed. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub (Franklin) will have The Old Hippie Band March 6, Nick Prestia March 7, Lip Syncing Battle at 6:30 p.m. March 11, David Spangler March 13 and The Stewarts March 14. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. or 828.369.6796.

• Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts (Franklin) will have Mark Lowry & The Martins (gospel) March 6, with tickets starting at $20; and Wade Hayes (country) March 7, with tickets for $15. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. 866.273.4615 or 

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/bluegrass) March 5 ($12 in advance, $15 at the door), The DuPont Brothers (acoustic folk) March 13 ($10 in advance, $12 at the door) and Sheila Kay Adams & The Scofflaws (Americana/bluegrass) March 14 ($15). All events begin at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a free Open Mic Night at 6 p.m. March 12. or call 828.283.0079.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have Joshua Dean (singer-songwriter) at 9 p.m. March 6 and Chris Williams (singer-songwriter) 8:30 p.m. March 13. Free.

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have DJ Lazar March 5 and the Travers Brothership (Americana) March 6. All shows begin at 10 p.m. 

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) March 6 and Carolina Cud Chewers (Americana/old-time string) March 7. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will present an Upperclassmen Trumpet Rehearsal at 7 p.m. March 16 and a Faculty Recital with P. Wlosok & Friends at 7:30 p.m. March 17 in the Coulter Building. There will also be a Symphony Band concert at 7:30 p.m. March 16 in the Bardo Arts Center.

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