Arts + Entertainment

The 34th annual Folkmoot International Festival will return to Waynesville this weekend for 10 days worth of folk dance performances across the region. This year’s lineup features 10 performance groups from around the world coming to Western North Carolina to share their culture through music and dance. 

Secret agent, man

Not long ago if you told someone you were taking your kids to a hip-hop show, they would probably call you a bad parent.

Amidst all of last year’s romping, stomping, clogging and dancing during Folkmoot USA, one event may have slipped off the radar of festival attendees.

The 34th annual Folkmoot Festival in Waynesville kicks off Thursday, July 20 and will again feature close to 300 performers from 10 countries eager to introduce Americans to their native clothing, culture, dance and music during almost 30 appearances across Haywood County and the surrounding region through July 30.

Those who forget history, tend to...

Well, you know the rest. Nowadays, it seems each morning we awaken into another national and international crisis. Be afraid of the Russian influence on America. Be afraid of nuclear war. Be afraid of presidential and political scandals. Be afraid of the Middle East and terrorism. Be afraid of racial and social divides. Be afraid of economic depression and lack of employment.

The “WCU PRESENTS” performance series, previously known as “Galaxy of Stars” brings professional artists from around the world to the Bardo Arts Center performance hall. Season Subscriptions and Multi-Pass Ticket Packs are now available to the public; single tickets will become available Aug. 1.

At the heart of Asheville is a funky soul. And providing the soundtrack to that carefree and self-less attitude of the city and greater Western North Carolina is Empire Strikes Brass.

As the sun rises over Papertown one bright morning in 1958, a 30-year-old African-American by the name of Nathaniel Lowery wakes up and, like hundreds of others, heads for the mill.

Live music is an important part of the heritage of Western North Carolina. Here’s a listing of venues that regularly have bands in the region:

Andrews

• Andrews Brewing — 828.321.2006 • www.andrewsbrewing.com

• Hoppy Trout Brewing Company — 828.835.2111 • www.hoppytroutbrewing.com

• Jimmy’s Pick-N-Grin — www.jimmyspickngrin.com

Brasstown

• John C. Campbell Folk School — 800.365.5724 or 828.837.2775 — www.folkschool.org

Bryson City

• CJ’s Grille 828.488.9880

• Derailed Bar & Lounge 828.488.8898  

• Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot — 800.872.4681 • www.gsmr.com

• Mickey’s Pub 828.488.9308

• Nantahala Brewing — 828.488.2337 • www.nantahalabrewing.com

• Nantahala Outdoor Center — 888.905.7238 • www.noc.com

Canton

• Colonial Theatre — 828.235.2760 • www.cantonnc.com

• Southern Porch  828.492.8009

Cashiers

• Ugly Dog Pub — 828.743.3000 • www.theuglydogpub.com

Cherokee 

• Harrah’s Cherokee — 828.497.7777 • www.harrahscherokee.com

Cullowhee

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille — 828.293.5400 • www.tuckstapgrille.com

Franklin

• Lazy Hiker Brewing — 828.342.5133 • www.lazyhikerbrewing.com

• Mixers Bar and Nightclub — 828.369.9211 • www.mixersbarandnightclub.com

• Mulligan’s Bar & Grille — 828.349.3183 • www.mulligans-bar.com

• Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts — 828.524.1598 • www.greatmountainmusic.com

Hayesville

• Chevelle’s — 828.835.7001 • www.chevellerestaurants.com

• Peacock Performing Arts Center — 828.389.2787 • www.peacockplayhouse.org

Highlands

• Lost Hiker — 828.526.8232 • www.thelosthikerbar.com

• Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center — 828.526.9047 • www.highlandspac.net 

• Satulah Mountain Brewing — 828.482.9794 • www.satulahmountainbrewing.com

• Ugly Dog Pub — 828.526.8364 • www.theuglydogpub.com

Maggie Valley

• Eaglenest 828.926.9658

• Maggie Valley Festival Grounds — 828.926.0866 • www.maggievalleyfestivalgrounds.org

• Maggie Valley Opry House — 828.648.7941 or 828.926.9336 — www.raymondfairchild.com

• Maggie Valley Rendezvous — 828.926.0201 • www.maggievalleyhotel.com

• Salty Dog’s Seafood and Grill 828.926.9105

• Stompin’ Ground 828.926.1288

Murphy

• Chevelle’s — 828.389.6069 • www.chevellerestaurants.com

Robbinsville

• Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center — 828.479.3364 • www.stecoahvalleycenter.com

Sylva

• Balsam Mountain Inn and Restaurant — 800.224.9498 • www.balsammountaininn.net

• City Lights Café — 828.587.2233 • www.citylightscafe.com 

• Cut Cocktail Lounge — 828.631.4795 

• Evolution Wine Kitchen  — 828.631.9856 — www.evolutionwinekitchen.com 

• Guadalupe Café — 828.586.9877 • www.guadalupecafe.com

• Heinzelmannchen Brewery — 828.631.4466 — www.yourgnometownbrewery.com

• Innovation Brewing — 828.586.9678 • www.innovation-brewing.com

• Mad Batter Food & Film — 828.586.3555 • www.madbatterfoodfilm.com 

• No Name Sports Pub — 828.586.2750 • www.nonamesportspub.com

• O’Malley’s Pub & Grill 828.631.0554 

• Signature Brew Coffee Roasting Company — 828.587.6300

• Soul Infusion — 828.586.1717 • www.soulinfusion.com

• Sneak E Squirrel — 828.586.6440 • www.sneakesquirrel.com

Waynesville

• BearWaters Brewing — 828.246.0602 • www.bwbrewing.com

• Boojum Brewing — 828.944.0888 • www.boojumbrewing.com

• Classic Wineseller — 828.452.6000 • www.classicwineseller.com

• Frog Level Brewing — 828.454.5664 • www.froglevelbrewing.com

• Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden — 828.246.9249 • www.madanthonys.bar

• Smoky Mountain Roasters — 828.452.1212 — www.fb.com/smokymountainroasters

• The Strand at 38 Main — 828.283.0079 • www.38main.com

• Tipping Point Brewing — 828.246.9230 • www.tippingpointtavern.com

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill 828.456.4750

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