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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 00:00

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Gaither Homecoming returns to WCU 

 The Gaither Homecoming Tour will bring a full evening of entertainment and music at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in the Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center at Western Carolina University.

The award-winning gospel band featuring Bill Gaither, Wes Hampton, David Phelps, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles performs to packed houses worldwide. Gaither and his wife, Gloria, have written more than 700 gospel songs, including “He Touched Me,” “Because He Lives” and “There’s Just Something about That Name.” Most of their recordings have gone gold or platinum, and they regularly appear on television networks around the world.

The tour stop at WCU will showcase the songs on the Gaither Vocal Band’s latest recording, “Hymns.” Joining the Gaither Vocal Band will be The Isaacs, The Nelons, Buddy Greene, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams.

Ticket prices are $73 for platinum seating, $36 for artist circle seating, $26 for regular reserved seating and $23 for seniors and children. Groups of 15 or more can reserve regular seating for $21 per person.

www.gaither.com or 828.227.7677 or 828.227.7722.


Bret Michaels to hit Harrah’s stage

Michaels first rose to fame as the front man of Poison. As one of rock’s iconic and enduring bands, Poison has charted 10 singles in the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot 100 including “Talk Dirty To Me,” “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” and “Something To Believe In.” Since Poison, Michaels has endeavored in a solo career including success as a reality TV personality on “Rock of Love With Bret Michaels,” “Nashville Star,” and “Celebrity Apprentice 3.” Michaels’ newest solo release, “Beautiful Soul,” debuted in April.  

Tickets are $19.50, $24.50, $34.50 and $40.

www.harrahscherokee.com or 800.745.3000.



•Donna Frost, Bourbon Legend, Brushfire Stankgrass, Caleb Crawford, Liz Nance Trio and Humps & The Blackouts will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Frost plays Sept. 11, with Bourbon Legend Sept. 12-13, Brushfire Stankgrass Sept. 14, Crawford Sept. 18, Nance Sept. 19 and Humps & The Blackouts Sept. 20. All shows begin at 9 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.

•Mandolin/guitar trio Mike Pilgrim, Don Mercz & Drew Kirkpatrick, jazz pianist Richard Shulman, singer/songwriter Daniel Shearin and classic pop-rock pianist Joe Cruz will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Pilgrim, Mercz & Kirkpatrick play Sept. 12, with Shulman Sept. 13, Shearin Sept. 19 and Cruz Sept 20. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

•An open jam session will occur from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday through Dec. 18 at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. All skill levels and instruments welcome. 828.631.4466 or www.yourgnometownbrewery.com. 

•The Burningtown Music Festival will be held Sept. 13-14 in Franklin. Held in the Nantahala National Forest, the festival is a gathering of like-minded Christian people seeking to connect with both God and man through music, art and community. Bands include Sean Michel, Reckless Mercy, The Remnant, Jerry’s Bones, Liz & AJ Nance, Winston Holder, Scott Patrick Knies, Caleb Lange and Joseph Camuglia. Admission is free, with donations accepted. www.burningtownfest.com. 

•Newgrass/string band Brushfire Stankgrass will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. 828.586.9678 or www.innovation-brewing.com. 

•A Funky Dance Party and Mangas Colorado will perform at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. The Funky Dance Party will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 13, with Mangas Colorado at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

•Jerry Vandiver, Leslie Satcher and Tim Buppert will perform as part of the Songwriters in the Round concert series at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. $47 per person, which includes a buffet dinner. 828.456.9498 or www.balsaminn.net. 

•Singer-songwriter Shane Meade & The Sound will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Free. www.nantahalabrewing.com. 

•Bluegrass/gospel group Buncombe Turnpike will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Macon County Heritage Center in the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. $10 per person. 828.349.1945 or www.coweeschool.org. 

•Mile High, The Ryan Perry Band, SmokeRise and Ashli Rose will perform at the Maggie Valley Rendezvous. Mile High plays Sept. 12 and 20, with Perry Sept. 13, SmokeRise Sept. 14 and 21 (poolside from 3 to 6 p.m.), and Rose Sept. 19. All shows begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.926.0201.

•The 9th annual Nashville Songwriters’ Round to benefit the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Trillium Links & Lake Club in Cashiers. Live music by Rivers Rutherford & Friends. $75 per person. 828.743.5191.

•Folk singer-songwriter Adam Burrows will perform at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at City Lights Café in Sylva. Free. www.citylightscafe.com. 

•Country group The Rick Morris Band and rockers The Remnants will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. Morris plays Sept. 13, with The Remnants Sept. 20. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.524.2516 or www.franklin-chamber.com.

•Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Fritz Beer & The Crooked Beat and Southside of the Tracks will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play Sept. 11 and 18, with Fritz Beer & The Crooked Beat Sept. 13 and Southside of the Tracks Sept. 20. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

•The Summer Live Music Series will continue with Hugh Swaso, Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers and Somebody’s Child at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. Swaso plays Sept. 13, with Rushing Sept. 19 and Somebody’s Child Sept. 20. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com. 

•Old-time/bluegrass group Larry Barnett & Friends and bluegrass/gospel act The Rye Holler Boys will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. Barnett plays Sept. 13, with The Rye Holler Boys Sept 20. Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. www.greatsmokies.com. 

•The Johnny Webb Band and Southern Highlands will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series at Town Square in Highlands. Webb plays Sept. 12, with Southern Highlands Sept. 19. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.

•Ashli Rose and Humps & The Blackouts pirate costume party will be at the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville. Rose plays Sept. 13, with Humps & The Blackouts Sept. 19. 828.456.4750.

•Southern Appalachian singer/songwriter Angela Faye Martin will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. www.angelafaye.com or www.fontanalib.org. 

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