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Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00

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Toby Keith at Harrah’s

Country megastar Toby Keith with perform at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center. Keith released four albums from 1993 to 1997, all of which had chart singles and certified gold. His most recent album, ‘35 MPH Town’ debuted last October at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums.


Neal McCoy to play Franklin

Country star Neal McCoy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

McCoy has released 10 studio albums on various labels, and has released 34 singles to country radio. In 1992, McCoy hit the top 40 charts with “Where Forever Begins,” and a year later with the back-to-back number one singles “No Doubt About It” and “Wink” from his platinum-certified album, “No Doubt About It.” 

Since the mid-‘90s, his commercial success has continued to grow with two more platinum albums and a gold album, as well as six more top 10 hits. A seventh top 10 hit, “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On,” came in 2005 from his self-released “That's Life.” 

Tickets start at $24 per person. or 866.273.4615.


‘Concerts on the Creek’ rocks on

The seventh annual “Concerts on the Creek” series will host Terri Lynn Queen & The Stingers (rock) 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at the Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva.

Other shows are as follows: Dashboard Blue (rock) July 1, Colby Deitz Band (Americana) July 8, Robertson Boys (bluegrass) July 15, PMA (reggae/rock) July 22, Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/bluegrass) July 29, Buchanan Boys (rock) Aug. 5, Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (Americana) Aug. 12, Porch 40 (rock/funk) Aug. 19, surprise band on Aug. 26, and Erica Nicole (country) Sept. 2. 

Concerts are free, with donations accepted. Chairs and blankets are allowed. or 828.586.2155.


‘Singing In The Smokies’ returns

The “Singing In The Smokies” Independence Weekend Festival will run from July 1-4 at Inspiration Park in Bryson City. 

Hosted by Appalachian/gospel group The Inspirations, the event will also feature live music from The Kingsmen, The Chuck Wagon, The McKameys, and many more. 

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


Kruger Brothers to play at Stecoah

Celebrating its 17th season, “An Appalachian Evening,” a weekly bluegrass/Americana summer concert series, will return with The Kruger Brothers at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville.

The 2016 series will also include Buncombe Turnpike (July 2), Front Country (July 9), Mac Arnold (July 16), The Snyder Family (July 23), Balsam Range (July 30), Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (Aug. 6), The Walking Roots Band (Aug. 13), The Jeff Little Trio (Aug. 20) and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (Aug. 27). or 828.479.3364.


Americana release party at The Strand

Americana acts The Maggie Valley Band and The Colby Deitz Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville.

The event will be an album release party for The Maggie Valley Band. Their new EP “Don’t Go” will hit the streets on June 27. Hailing from Haywood County, sisters The band showcases a variety of traditional bluegrass instruments with a modern twist. They have been influenced by a wide variety of artists, movements, cultures and ideas.

Opening the show will be The Colby Deitz Band, which features former members of Soldier’s Heart and Mangas Colorado, alongside local fiddle sensation Alma Russ.

Tickets are $10.


Mountain Faith to perform in Franklin

Renowned bluegrass band Mountain Faith will perform from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Bloemsma Barn in Franklin. The ‘Bluegrass at the Barn’ show will benefit the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center. Tickets are $15 for ages 6-12 and $25 for adults. 828.349.3200 or 



• Andrews Brewing Company will host Heidi Holton (blues/folk) 6 p.m. June 24, The Liz Nance Trio (Americana) 7 p.m. June 25, Andrew Chastain (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. July 1 and Fat Cheek Kat (funk/rock) 7 p.m. July 2. All shows are free. 

• BearWaters Brewing Company (Waynesville) will host Calvin Get Down (funk/soul) 8 p.m. June 24, with live music and Doc Brown BBQ at 6 p.m. June 30. 828.246.0602 or 

• The Bryson City Train Depot concert series will host Lonesome Sound (bluegrass/Americana) June 25 and The Freight Hoppers (Americana) July 2. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

• City Lights Café (Sylva) will host The Freestylers (Americana) June 24 and Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave Magill (blues/folk) June 25. Both shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.587.2233.

• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Jay Brown (blues/folk) June 24, Traditional Jazz Night” with The Jazz Cats June 25, James Hammel (singer-songwriter) July 1 and Joe Cruz (piano/pop) July 2. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• The Cut Cocktail Lounge (Sylva) will host Ol’ Dirty Bathtub (Americana/TLC tribute) at 9 p.m. June 25. 828.631.4795. 

• The “Friday Night Live” concert series at the Town Square in Highlands will host The Johnny Webb Band (country) June 24 and Foxfire (Americana/bluegrass) July 1. Both shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Mark Keller (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. June 24 and Ben Morgan & Stephens (Americana) 7 p.m. June 25. All shows are free. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night June 22 and 29, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo June 23 and 30. All events begin at 8 p.m.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Greg Clinton (jazz/rock) June 25. All shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. 

• Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden (Waynesville) will host Heidi Holton (blues/folk) June 23 and The Brothers Gillespie (Americana) June 25. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 828.246.9249.

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

• Nantahala Brewing Company (Bryson City) will host Positive Mental Attitude (rock/reggae) June 24 and Jive Mother Mary (rock) June 25. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• The Nantahala Outdoor Center (Bryson City) will host Espalin & Trees Leave (Americana/bluegrass) June 24, The Whiskey Sticks (folk/rock) June 25 and Ogya (world/roots) July 1. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host Porch 40 (funk/rock) with The Dirty Soul Revival (blues/rock) June 24 ($3 cover), and J.B. Beverly & Hunter Grigg (Americana/blues) June 25. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• The “Pickin’ On The Square” concert series will continue with Frogtown (bluegrass) June 25 and The Remenents (rock) July 2. All shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. A community jam begins at 6:30 p.m. or 828.524.2516. 

• The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will host Gary Carter (singer-songwriter) June 24 and Gary Allan (singer-songwriter) June 25. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• Rendezvous at the Maggie Valley Inn & Conference Center will host Fine Line June 24 and Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) June 25 and a 1960s tribute band 3 p.m. June 26. Both shows begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• Sagebrush Steakhouse (Canton) will host Kim Smith (singer-songwriter) June 28. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.646.3750.

• Salty Dog’s (Maggie Valley) will have Karaoke with Jason Wyatt on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Mile High (rock) at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Andrew Rickman (rock/acoustic) will also perform on Saturdays. All events begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

• Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company (Sapphire) will host a jazz brunch with Tyler Kittle & Friends from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sundays. 828.743.0220.

• Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will host “Hoppy Hour” and an open mic with Jimandi at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, “Funky Friday” with Bud Davis at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Isaish Breedlove (Americana) at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.482.9794 or 

• The “Saturday’s on the Pine” concert series at Kelsey Hutchinson Park in Highlands will host Joe Lasher Jr. (country/rock) June 25 and Fish Out of Water (rock/funk) July 2. Both shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Sneak E Squirrel Brewing (Sylva) will host The Freeway Revival (rock/jam) at 8 p.m. June 25 and Bobby G (singer-songwriter) July 2. There will also be a “Funk to What?” open jam every Thursday. All events begin at 8 p.m. 828.586.6440. 

• The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host Mountain Voices (community chorus) at 7 p.m. June 30 ($10) and country star Neal McCoy 7:30 p.m. July 1 (tickets start at $24). 

• Southern Porch (Canton) will host Ain’t Nothing Much (Americana) June 23 and Jesse Stephens & Ben Morgan (acoustic/singer-songwriter) June 24. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.492.8006 or

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will host Chalwa (roots/rock) June 24, Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) July 1 and Heidi Holton (blues/folk) 8 p.m. July 2. Both shows are free and start at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.246.9230. 

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Cashiers) will host a “Bluegrass Mix-Up” night at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and a “jazz night” with Tyler Kittle & Friends at 6 p.m. on Fridays. 828.743.3000.

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will host a weekly Appalachian music night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with Nitrograss. 828.526.8364 or 

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host an Open Mic with Sandra Hess on Mondays, J.B. Beverly & Hunter Grigg (Americana/blues) June 24 and Positive Mental Attitude (rock/reggae) June 25. All shows begin at 9 p.m. 828.456.4750.

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