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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

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Ricky Skaggs to perform July 3 in Franklin

Bluegrass/country legend Ricky Skaggs will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. A 14-time Grammy winner, Skaggs has numerous No. 1 hits on the country and bluegrass charts throughout his long and bountiful career. Tickets start at $25. 866.273.4615 or


Inspirations present ‘Singing In The Smokies’ 

The “Singing In The Smokies” Independence Weekend Festival will run from July 2-4 at Inspiration Park in Bryson City. 

Hosted by Appalachian/gospel group The Inspirations, the event will also feature live music from The Kingsmen, Troy Burns Family, Dixie Echoes, The Chuck Wagon Gang, The McKameys and Smoky Mountain Reunion. 

Tickets are $20 per day, per adult. Children ages 12 and under are free.

For a full schedule of events, click on


Chamber music series celebrates 46 years

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival presents its 46th season to the listeners of Western North Carolina. 

The five-week festival will perform concerts at 7:30 p.m. July 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre. There will also be a show on Aug. 2 at the First United Methodist Church. Both venues are in Waynesville. All events are at 7:30 p.m. 

Tickets are $25 for individual tickets and $100 for a series ticket. Students 25 and under are admitted free with appropriate student ID. or 828.452.0593.


Still time to register for JAM Camp

In an effort to include as many campers as possible, officials of the Haywood County Arts Council have announced an extension of the registration deadline for JAM Camp 2015 to June 29.  

The camp will be held from July 13-17 at Canton Middle School. The programs include daily instruction in guitar, banjo and fiddle at all skill levels and string band instruction for beginning, intermediate and advanced students along with sessions in mountain dance, songs and stories.  

The Junior Appalachian Musicians Program (JAM) is an after-school offering for students in grades 4 and older throughout Haywood County. Sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council, JAM introduces young people to the music, the instruments, the dance and the cultural heritage of the mountains and encourages participation and support from the surrounding community to maintain and elicit pride in its rich Appalachian heritage.  

Cost is $75, with limited financial assistance available along with “loaner” instruments as needed. To register, call the Haywood County Arts Council at 828.452.0593. The 2015-2016 JAM after-school program year will also begin in October with registration scheduled for mid-September. 

JAM receives additional financial support from the N.C. Arts Council and is affiliated with Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Independence, Virginia.


String quartet to perform in Highlands

The Serafin String Quartet will open the 34th annual Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival at the Bascom Center for the Visual Arts in Highlands. There will be a performance at 6 p.m. June 28 ($213 per person, includes champagne reception and dinner) and 5 p.m. June 29 ($107 per person, includes champagne reception and art exhibition). They will also hold a free concert at 7:30 p.m. June 30 at Buck’s Coffee Café in Highlands.


Rhonda Vincent in Highlands

“The Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Tickets start at $32. or 828.526.9047.


Malpass Brothers at The Strand

Acclaimed country/Americana act The Malpass Brothers will perform at 7 p.m. June 28 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 


Acclaimed Celtic group to play Franklin

World-renowned Irish musical act The Celts will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 26, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

The ensemble is a lively group whose performances include traditional Irish music and outstanding instrumentation. Ric Blair founded what was then called The Nashville Celts when he was a jazz major at the University of Cincinnati just over 15 years ago. He was inspired when he went to see an Irish group in concert. Today, Blair reigns as one of the country’s most respected performers and historians of Celtic music. Having shared the stage with artists such as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, and Patty Lovelace, The Celts unique blends make them popular with music fans of many genres. 

In 2010, The Celts produced a successful pledge show for PBS, which aired across the country for three years, called “Christmas with The Celts.” In 2015, The Celts appeared on the PBS TV show Music City Roots and will soon host another PBS special called “Roots of Great American Music,” which will feature some of the top country, Irish, and pop music stars in the industry.   

Tickets start at $25. or 866.273.4615.



• Andrews Brewing Company will have Heidi Holton (blues/Americana) June 26, Pierce Eden & The Dirty Work (Americana/folk, $5) June 27 and Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass, $5) July 4. All shows are free, unless otherwise noted.

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Pabulam June 27, Calvin & The Funk July 3 and The Blue Ribbon Healers 6 p.m. July 4. All shows are at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. or 828.246.0602.

• Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have Tellico June 26, The Pioneer Chicken Stand Band June 27, Grits & Soul (bluegrass/folk) July 3 and Playing on the Planet (indie) July 4. All shows begin at 6 p.m. 

• Bogart’s (Waynesville) will have live bluegrass/string music at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. 828.452.1313. 

• Boojum Brewing Company (Waynesville) will have an open mic night at 8:30 p.m. on Mondays in their downtown taproom. Free. 828.246.0350 or

• The Bryson City Train Depot “Music in the Mountains” concert series will have The Lonesome Sound (bluegrass/Americana)  June 27. Free. 

• Canton Recreation Park will have “Pickin’ in the Park” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays. or 828.648.2363. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Joe Cruz (piano/pop) June 26 and The Jazz Cats Trio June 27. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• The Concerts on the Creek (Sylva) series at Bridge Park Pavilion will have the 96.5 House Band (classic rock/pop) June 26 and Dashboard Blue (rock/classic pop) July 3. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 

• Eaglenest (Maggie Valley) will host American Pride at 8 p.m. July 3. $15.

• Friday Night Live (Highlands) summer concert series will have Southern Highlands June 26 and Johnny Webb Band July 3. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Chris Minick (singer-songwriter) June 25, Hunter Grigg (singer-songwriter) June 26 and Bobby G June 27. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 828.454.5664 or 

• Groovin’ on the Green (Cashiers) summer concert series on the Village Commons will have Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) June 26 and Erica Nichole (country) July 10. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

• Holly Springs Baptist Church (Franklin) will have its Blue Ridge Gospel Weekend June 27-28. Performances by Blue Ridge, Aaron Wilburn and Rob Mills Family. 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night June 24 and July 1, a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo June 25 and July 2, The Vanguardians (prog-rock/fusion) June 27 and Bird In Hand (Americana/folk) with Rye Baby (bluegrass/folk) July 4. All events begin at 8 p.m.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing Company (Franklin) will have Nitrograss (Americana/bluegrass) at 8 p.m. June 27. 

• Macon County Public Library (Franklin) will host Marshall Ballew (Americana) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1. The event will be a 20th century journey through the American songbook, from ragtime to jazz, blues to gospel. Free. 

• The Maggie Valley Opry House will have legendary banjoist Raymond Fairchild at 8 p.m. nightly through October. Admission is $12. or 828.926.9336.

• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. July 2. 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. 

• Mountain Joy Ministries (Waynesville) will have the Caldwell Family “Singing in the Field” at 4 p.m. June 27. 828.734.7188 or 

• The “Music on the River” concert series (Cherokee) will have A36 Band June 26, David Lambert June 27 and Amazing Grace Ministries July 3-5. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 800.438.1601 or 828.359.6490. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) June 26, The French Broads June 27 and Open Mic with Scott of Porch 40 June 30. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or 

• O’Malley’s Pub & Grill will have karaoke June 26 and Somebody’s Child (Americana) June 28.  

• Oconaluftee Visitors Center (Cherokee) will have an old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. July 4. All skill levels welcomed. 

• Papertown Country Music & Dance Parlor (Canton) will have live music and dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is $8. 828.736.8925.

• The Pickin’ on the Square (Franklin) summer concert series will have Charlie Horse (Americana/variety) at 7:30 p.m. June 27. An open mic starts at 6:30 p.m. Free. 

• The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will host David Spangler July 3, Pam McCall July 10 and DJ Justin Moe 9 p.m. July 11. All shows are at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• The Rendezvous at the Maggie Valley Inn will have The French Broads (Americana) at 3 p.m. June 28, Stone Crazy (rock/pop) 6 p.m. July 3, Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) 4 p.m. July 4 and SmokeRise (southern rock) 3 p.m. July 5. 828.926.0201.

• Saturdays On Pine (Highlands) summer concert series will have Porch 40 (rock/funk) June 27 and Fritz Beer & The Crooked Beat (Americana) July 4 in Kelsey-Hutchinson Park. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• The Stompin’ Ground (Maggie Valley) is now open for live mountain music and clogging at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 828.926.1288.

• Stuart Auditorium (Lake Junaluska) will have 2014 IBMA “Entertainer of the Year” Balsam Range (bluegrass/Americana) at 7:30 p.m. July 2. 800.222.4930.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) June 26, ‘Round the Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) 8:30 p.m. July 3 and Kevin Fuller (Americana/folk) July 10. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will have Porch 40 (rock/funk) June 27, Molly Stevens (singer-songwriter) July 3 and Fritz & The Crooked Beat (Americana) July 4. 

• The Village Green (Cashiers) will have the Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet as part of the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber music at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. 828.526.9060 or 

• The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will have Pabulum June 26, Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) June 27 and a local metal showcase July 4. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 

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