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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

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Concert, artist reception in Bryson City

Guitarist Ronnie Evans will perform at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City.  

Evans is known for playing 50’s and 60’s, easy listening, country and bluegrass. He also plans to include some Christmas music in the concert. Immediately following the concert there will be a meet and greet reception for Evans and the artists, oil and watercolor painter Cynthia Cochran Kinard and fiber artist Teresa Bouchonnet, whose artwork will be on display at the Center for the Arts through mid-January.

Sponsored by the NC Arts Council, Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools, the public is invited to attend both the performance and the reception free of charge. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


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WCU music series welcomes Deitz Family

The 2014-15 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Concert and Jam Series will kickoff with the Deitz Family at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

The group has been a mainstay of the Jackson County music scene for generations. The group’s musical style varies from country to bluegrass and also includes some old-time fiddle tunes. WCU presented its Mountain Heritage Award to the family in 2006 in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the preservation of the history and culture of the Southern Appalachians. 

The First Thursday concerts and jam sessions will continue at the Mountain Heritage Center through next spring. There will not be a program on Thursday, Jan. 1, but the series will resume Thursday, Feb. 5, with a performance by the Darren Nicholson Band.

The Deitz Family performance of bluegrass and old-time music will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels can take part in the jam sessions, which also are open to those who just want to listen.




Civic Orchestra to perform at WCU

 The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra will give its fall semester performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University.

The orchestra is a collaboration between students and faculty from the WCU School of Music and community musicians from Jackson, Swain, Macon, Buncombe and Haywood counties, said Bradley Martin, associate professor of music and conductor of the ensemble.

The performance will feature Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “The Impresario,” a short, one-act singspiel that tells the comical tale of two dueling sopranos who feud over which is the greatest diva, who will receive star billing and who will get the most pay; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, among the best-known compositions in classical music and one of the most frequently played symphonies.

The Western Carolina Civic Orchestra is sponsored by the WCU School of Music. It also received a Grassroots Grant from the Jackson County Arts Council, supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.





• Metal Night featuring Amnesis, Hope Sets Sail, Slaves of Conscience, The Corbitt Brothers (southern rock), Sam Stringfield (piano/vocalist), LOCAL and Travers Brothership will be performing at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Metal Night will be Nov. 29, with The Corbitt Brothers Dec. 3, Stringfield Dec. 4, LOCAL Dec. 5 and Travers Brothership Dec. 6. All shows are at 9 p.m., with Sunday performances starting at 5 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or

• Mike Pilgrim & Friends (gypsy jazz), Joe Cruz (piano/pop) and Angela Easterling (singer/songwriter) will perform at The Classic Wine Seller in Waynesville. Pilgrim plays Nov. 28, with Cruz Nov. 29 and Easterling Dec. 5. Shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000.

• Steve Wearns (singer/songwriter), Pierce Eden (Americana/country) and Josh Wager (singer/songwriter) will hit the stage at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. Wearns plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 29, with Pierce Eden 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and Wager 7 p.m. Dec. 6. Both shows start at 7 p.m. or 828.246.0602.

• Craig Summers & Lee Kram and the Three Year Anniversary party will be at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram perform at 6 p.m. Nov. 26 and Dec. 4, with the party at 7 p.m. Dec. 5. 828.454.5664 or 

• Joshua Dean Wager (singer-songwriter) will perform at 9 p.m. Nov. 28 at Tipping Point Brewing in Waynesville.

• The Hometown Holiday Jam & Food Drive with Soldier’s Heart, Tonology and Dustin Martin & The Ramblers will perform at the Water’n Hole Bar & Grille in Waynesville. Soldier’s Heart plays Nov. 28, with Tonology Nov. 29 and Martin Dec. 5. Shows begin at 9 p.m.

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