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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 00:00

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Percussion Ensemble at WCU

The Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Coulter Building in Cullowhee.

The ensemble is composed of 14 undergraduate percussion music majors from the studio of Mario Gaetano, professor in the WCU School of Music. Graduate student Dillon Ingle also performs with and conducts the group. The group typically performs contemporary music written specifically for percussion instruments such as drums, cymbals, xylophones, bells, marimbas and timpani.

Works to be performed include “Concerto for Marimba and Percussion Ensemble” by Ney Rosauro, a four-movement virtuosic 20-minute concerto, with undergraduate student Chris Smith as featured soloist. Other works on the program include pieces by Ronald Lo Presti, Fisher Tull, Nathan Daughtrey, Lynn Glassock and John O’Reilly.




Quartet brings world-class jazz to WCU

The Eastern Boundary Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

The quartet is a collaborative quartet featuring the Hungarian master musicians drummer Balazs Bagyi and saxophonist Mihaly Borbely and the long-standing bass/piano partnership of New York City bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Michael Jefry Stevens (co-leaders of the Fonda/Stevens Group). The group uses Hungarian folk rhythms and melodies in combination with Jazz harmonies and rhythms to form an original hybrid variety of improvised music.


Morlix brings Americana to Strand

Singer/songwriter Gurf Morlix will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.

Morlix is a master craftsman, taking home the 2009 Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year award, and producing top shelf Americana and indie country for the likes of Lucinda Williams and Robert Earl Keen. Morlix can write, sing, produce, and play nearly every instrument (mostly stringed) and has a bottomless range of American musical idioms from which to draw. Through more than four decades of professional music endeavors, he has distinguished himself with his innate musicality, exquisite taste, keen creative instincts, and well-honed ear for not only songwriting but also the elements that bring songs to their fullest fruition.

Tickets are $15 and $18.


Soldier’s Heart, 96.5 House Band to play fireworks fundraiser 

The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will host a fireworks benefit with Soldier’s Heart and the 96.5 House Band from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Bridge Park in Sylva.

An Americana/folk act from Haywood County, Soldier’s Heart is a regionally acclaimed group quickly on the rise in Southern Appalachia. The 96.5 House Band brings together the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, KC and the Sunshine Band, Van Morrison, Elvis, The Eagles, Hall & Oates, Wilson Pickett, Dion, Queen, The Beatles, Otis Redding and lots more. 

“We’re excited to not only bring these two amazing bands to Sylva for a fun night of music, but we’re also extremely pleased to be working diligently on bringing fireworks back to the downtown Sylva area next summer,” said Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Spiro. “The community’s support of this event and others this winter will help finance a July 4 fireworks festivity downtown that everyone will be proud of for years to come.” 

Citizens and businesses can make donations for fireworks anytime at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer, vendor and sponsorship opportunities are also available. 

828.586.2155 or


Haywood Community Band to honor Hill

The Haywood Community Band will present its final performance of the 2014 season by honoring founder Bob Hill at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

The afternoon’s program features favorite concert pieces from the successful 2014 season, performed in gratitude for the beloved man who came to Haywood County in 2000 and decided that our town needed a community band to play the popular music of America. Before his retirement, Hill took a course in conducting at Wichita State University with plans to start up a band when he and his wife Elaine arrived in Waynesville. He had loved band music from childhood and played piccolo in bands throughout his life.

The Haywood Community Band is supported in part by a grassroots grant from the Haywood County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council. The series is sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association.

Free. or 828.456.4880.



• Opposite Box, Nathan Kalish & The Last Callers, If Birds Could Fly, The Blind Staggers, Milton Menasco & The Big Fiasco and Dear Salem will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Opposite Box plays Oct. 30, with Kalish Oct. 31, If Birds Could Fly Nov. 1, The Blind Staggers, Nov. 3, Menasco Nov. 6 and Dear Salem Nov. 8. Shows begin at 9:30 p.m., with Sunday performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or

• Back-porch-and-soul band Soldier’s Heart will perform at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Free. 

• A Halloween Party, Josh Wager and the Spontaneous CombustJam will hit the stage at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. The Halloween Party will be 7 p.m. Oct. 31, with Wager 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and the Spontaneous CombustJam at 8 p.m. Nov. 3. or 828.246.0602.

• Craig Summers (solo), Flea Bitten Werewolves, Craig Summers & Lee Kram and Soldier’s Heart will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers (solo) will be 5 p.m. Oct. 30, with Flea Bitten Werewolves 7 p.m. Oct. 31, Summers & Kram 6 p.m. Nov. 6 and Soldier’s Heart 7 p.m. Nov. 8. 828.454.5664 or 

• A Halloween Costume Party with rock act the Mile High Band will be held at 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Rendezvous at the Maggie Valley Inn & Conference Center.

• DJ Shane and Ashlee Rose will perform at Tipping Point Brewing in Waynesville. DJ Shane will spin during the Halloween party and costume contest at 8 p.m. Oct. 31, with Rose at 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Free.

• A back-porch, old-time music jam will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee. All welcome to come play or simply sit and listen to sounds of Southern Appalachia. 

• The School of Music Choral concert, Trumpet Upperclassmen recital, faculty recital with saxophonist Ian Jeffress and faculty recital with pianist Holly Roadfeldt will be in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. The School of Music will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, with Trumpet Upperclassmen 6 p.m. Nov. 3, Jeffress 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 and Roadfeldt 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5. 

• Pianist Joe Cruz and Americana singer/songwriter Aaron Burdett will perform at The Classic Wine Seller in Waynesville. Cruz plays Nov. 1, with Burdett Nov. 7. $10 minimum purchase for Cruz and Johnson. 828.452.6000.

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