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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00

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The Band Perry comes to Harrah’s

Country mega-group The Band Perry will perform at 9 p.m. April 25, at Harrah’s Cherokee.

Since releasing their self-titled debut album in 2010, the group has ascended to the top tier of the country music industry. Fronted by Kimberly Perry and rounded out by her siblings Neil and Reid, the band has had a string of hit singles, including the quadruple-platinum “If I Die Young” (which climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Country and AC charts), the platinum “You Lie” and the country No. 1 hit “All Your Life.”

Tickets are $40, $44.50 and $54.50.

800.745.3000 or


WCU to host open-air Jazz Festival

Western Carolina University’s annual Jazz Festival, featuring special guest guitarist and composer Paul Bollenback, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the A.K. Hinds University Center in Cullowhee.

The festival opens with the WCU Straight Ahead Jazz Septet at 4 p.m., followed by the WCU Modal Jazz Sextet at 5 p.m., the Jason Decristofaro Trio at 6 p.m. and the Steve Wohlrab Trio at 7 p.m. Headlining the festival will be Bollenback performing with the WCU Jazz Ensemble at 8 p.m.

Bollenback’s album “Double Gemini” was named CD of the Month by 20th Century Guitar Magazine and WBGO Jazz Radio, and his release “Soul Grooves” was named Best Contemporary Jazz Album of 1999 by N’Digo Magazine.

In addition to his festival performance at WCU, a master jazz improvisation class taught by Bollenback and his dress rehearsal with the WCU Jazz Ensemble will be held at 1 and 2 p.m. in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The class is free and open to the public.

The festival is a free event.

828.631.1321 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Students, symphony musicians to perform 

Western Carolina University music students and Asheville Symphony Orchestra string musicians will perform together at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.

The event is the final concert of the academic year through WCU’s Artist-in-Residence Program, which brings professional musicians to campus to join WCU students and faculty members in concert. The series is completing its second year.

Michael Lancaster, director of the WCU Concert Choir and University Chorus, will conduct the concert. Both the Concert Choir and University Chorus will be featured in the performance, along with the Western Carolina Community Chorus, directed by Robert Holquist, retired member of the WCU music faculty. The program will consist of “Te Deum” and “Lord Nelson Mass,” both by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for all adults, and $5 for students and children. Proceeds go to support the Artist-in-Residence Program.




• Marshall Chapman, David Wilcox and Henry Hipkens will perform as part of the Songwriters in the Round at 6 p.m. April 26 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. $47 per person, which includes a buffet. 828.456.9498 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• Kevin Costner & Modern West will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $40, $45 and $50. or 866.273.4615.

• The Western Carolina University guitar ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at the Coulter Building in Cullowhee. Jazz-fusion selection by WCU students. Free. 828.227.7242.

• Dan Keller and Joe Cruz will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Keller will play April 25, with Cruz April 26. The quartet show will be a four-course dinner at $34.99 per person. All other performances begin at 7 p.m, and require a $10 minimum purchase per person. 828.452.6000.

• Southern rockers The Corbitt Brothers Band will perform at 9 p.m. April 25 at Mickey’s Pub in Bryson City. $7. 828.488.9308.

• The Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. WCU concert choir, university chorus and community chorus will be featured. $10 for adults, $5 for students and children. 828.227.2479.

• Ethan Morse, Darren & The Buttered Toast, Metal Night and Caleb “Nip” Crawford will be performing at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Morse plays April 24, with Darren & The Buttered Toast April 25, Metal Night on April 26 and Crawford on April 27. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or 

• Wyatt Espalin and Eric Hendrix & Friends will perform at City Lights Café in Sylva. Espalin plays April 25, with Hendrix May 3. 828.587.2233 or 

• A Flute Ensemble Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. Free. 828.227.7242. 

• Ashli Rose, Ginny McAfee and Smoke Rise will perform at the Rendezvous in the Maggie Valley Inn. Rose plays April 25, with McAfee on April 26 and Smoke Rise April 27. Pianist Steve Whiddon also plays every Thursday evening, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. 828.926.0201.

• Singer/songwriter Shane Meade & The Sound will perform at 8 p.m. April 26 at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. Free. 828.488.2337 or

• The Robinsons, Pierce Edens and The Spontaneous Combustion Jam will be at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. The Robinsons play May 2, with Pierce Edens on May 9. The jam runs from 8 p.m. to midnight every Monday, with all players welcome. Free. 828.246.0602 or 

• Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Paul Cataldo, Spanky and Joshua Dean will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Wagers & Kram play April 17 and May 1, with Cataldo on April 25, Spanky April 26 and Dean May 2. Free. 828.454.5664 or

• The Western Carolina University wind ensemble and symphony band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. Free. 828.227.7242.

• The Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cullowhee. Refreshments will follow the concert. $10. All proceeds go toward reducing the debt on the parish hall. 828.399.9408 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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