On the beatWritten by Admin
Registration open for Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians
Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) is now accepting applications for new students. JAM is an after-school program that provides young people instruction and performance opportunities in Mountain Heritage Music on traditional Appalachian instruments. Some musical experience is required for those registering mid-year. Semester II classes will run January through May 2014.
The classes offered are based on student interest and instructor availability in autoharp, banjo, fiddle, guitar and mandolin. The program is open to all Jackson County students and is held after school on Thursdays at Cullowhee Valley School. The cost this semester is $100 per student.
The Jackson County JAM program is made possible in our community thanks to generous funding from the Jackson County and NC Arts Councils, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The program is run through the Jackson County 4-H.
Bryson City community jam
A community music jam will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.
Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, or unplugged instrument is invited to join. Singers are also welcome 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 music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month, year-round.
Holiday music at City Lights
The Shepherd of the Hills String Band will play some favorite songs of the holiday season at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
Dec. 21 marks the winter solstice and the last Saturday before Christmas as patrons are asked to come and celebrate this special time of year. While taking in the concert, shoppers can find a book in the holiday catalog sale and receive 40 percent off on another in-stock book of equal or lesser value.
• Natty Love Joys, Downslave and Darren Curtis & The Buttered Toast will be performing at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Natty Love Joys performs Dec. 19, Downslave on Dec. 20 and Curtis, Dec. 21. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com.
• The Papertown Country/Dance Holler will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Dec. 20-21 at 61½ Main Street in Canton. The dances will continue each Friday and Saturday from this point forward. $8. 828.736.8925.
• Productive Paranoia, Wilhelm Brothers and NC 63 tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Productive Paranoia performs Dec. 20, with the Wilhelm Brothers Dec. 27 and NC 63 Dec. 28. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Wyatt Espalin and Eric Hendrix & Friends will play City Lights Café in Sylva. Espalin performs Dec. 20 and Hendrix Dec. 21. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.587.2233 or www.citylightscafe.com.
• Jay Brown will perform at 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. $10 minimum food, drink or merchandise purchase. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
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