On the beatWritten by Admin
Jazz, big band in Franklin
Denver and the Mile High Orchestra will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.
The group first wowed all of America when it became a finalist on the Fox “American Idol” spinoff, “The Next Great American Band.” They have a unique style with jazz and big band roots that has allowed them to cross over into many different genres and earn fans of all ages across the world.
Tickets start at $20 per person.
www.greatmountainmusic.com or call 866.273.4615.
Macon Arts welcomes Harlan Collins
The Arts Council of Macon County will host an evening with acclaimed songwriter and Atlantic and Sony Records recording artist Harlan Collins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room in Franklin.
Collins, who arranged music for the cult classic film “This Is Spinal Tap,” and has been a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live,” will perform some original songs and share personal insights into the art and business sides of his long career in the music industry.
Admission is by donation, $5 is suggested. Light refreshments will be served.
Rapper Wale at WCU
Grammy-nominated rapper Wale will perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Western Carolina University’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center in Cullowhee.
Wale signed with Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group in 2011 and his second album, “Ambition,” produced the Grammy-nominated single, “Lotus Flower Bomb (featuring Miguel),” as “Best Rap Song.” In 2013, his album “The Gifted” debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. His latest album, “The Album About Nothing,” was released in March of 2015 and also debuted No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200.
Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for floor seats and $15 for arena seats for WCU students; $27.50 for floor seats and $22.50 for arena seats for the public. On the day of the concert, tickets are $25 for floor seats and $20 for arena seats for WCU students; $32.50 for floor seats and $27.50 for arena seats for the public. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
The concert is sponsored by the offices of Campus Activities and Residential Living as part of Student Appreciation Week. Wale will be joined by special guest Niykee Heaton.
Tickets can be purchased at the Ramsey Center box office or online at ramsey.wcu.edu.
Folkmoot and Blue Ridge Big Band
In partnership with the Blue Ridge Big Band, Folkmoot will host “Dancing through the Decades,” a live big band music and dance experience, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.
The Blue Ridge Big Band is comprised of 17 musicians who share a love of big band music and performing. Musicians hail from Haywood, Jackson, Buncombe, Macon and Henderson counties and range in age from the young to the young-at-heart. Chris Ulery, band director at Canton Middle School, is the musical director. The Big Band’s mission is to entertain audiences with a wide variety of musical styles from traditional big band music and contemporary jazz to popular music of the last few decades.
“Dancing through the Decades” will begin with appetizers and no-host bar. Guests can sit back and enjoy the musical performance or dance to music from the 1940s, ‘50s, 60s and 70s from swing to rockabilly and disco-style dancing. Dance instructors will be on hand to demonstrate dance steps and styles. Please dress to impress. This event is $30 for pre-sale tickets only. Tickets can be purchased at www.folkmoot.org or by phone, 828.452.2997.
Folkmoot’s year-round programming initiatives have been made possible by Haywood Regional Medical Center, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation.
Bryson City community jam
A community music jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 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.
• Andrews Brewing Company (Andrews) will host Andrew Chastain (singer-songwriter) April 21, Earth Day Celebration at Hall Park featuring Rob Tiger & Friends (2 p.m.) and The Harmed Brothers (5 p.m.) April 22 and Open Mic with Heidi 4 p.m. April 26. All shows are free and begin at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted. www.andrewsbrewing.com.
• 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. www.cantonnc.com.
• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Dulci Ellenberger & Kevin Williams (piano/guitar) April 21, Joe Cruz (piano/pop) April 22 and 29, and Sheila Gordon (piano/vocals) April 28. All events are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
• Currahee Brewing (Franklin) will host Redleg Huskey (Americana) April 22 and Ryan Sheley (singer-songwriter) April 29. Shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. www.curraheebrew.com.
• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have music at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.488.8898.
• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Darren Nicholson & Caleb Burress (Americana/folk) April 28. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Heinzelmannchen Brewery (Sylva) will have live music and a potluck from 6 to 8 p.m. April 20 and 27. www.yourgnometownbrewery.com.
• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night April 19 and 26, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo April 20 and 27. All events are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com.
• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Karaoke with T&J April 21 and “Appalachian Trail Days” with Log Noggins (blues/rock), Kick The Robot (alternative/indie) at 8 p.m. April 22, Rachel Stewart (singer-songwriter) April 28 and Northside Gentleman (funk/soul) April 29. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 828.349.2337 or www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.
• Nantahala Brewing Company (Bryson City) will host PMA (reggae/rock) April 21, Chalwa (world) April 22, Lie & Tie April 26, Somebody’s Child (Americana) April 28 and Urban Soil (reggae/soul) April 29. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.nantahalabrewing.com.
• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host Chris Monteith Karaoke April 21, PMA (reggae/rock) April 22, The Hooten Hallers (rock/blues) April 24, Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) April 28 and Grandpa’s Cough Medicine (bluegrass, $2 cover) April 29. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. www.nonamesportspub.com.
• Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will host “Hoppy Hour” and an open mic with Susan at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and live music on Friday evenings. 828.482.9794 or www.satulahmountainbrewing.com.
• Sneak E Squirrel Brewing (Sylva) will host line dancing every Friday at 7 p.m. and contra dancing every other Friday at 8 p.m. 828.586.6440.
• 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 www.38main.com.
• The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host The Hooten Hallers (rock/blues) April 21, Andrew Rickman & Friends (rock/acoustic) April 22 and The Local Metal Showcase April 28. All shows begin at 9 p.m.
• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will WCU Jazz Combo 7:30 p.m. April 19, Guitar Ensemble Recital 7:30 p.m. April 20, Low Tech Ensemble 7:30 pm. April 21, Flute Recital 5 p.m. April 22, Wind Ensemble 3 p.m. April 24, Evan Blades Trumpet Recital 5 p.m. April 24, Wind Ensemble 7:30 p.m. April 24, Ty Kiaku Recital 5:30 p.m. April 25, WCU Choirs 7:30 p.m. April 27 and Ian Jeffress Faculty Recital 7:30 p.m. April 28 in the Recital Hall of the Coulter Building. www.wcu.edu.