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Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

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‘Help for the Homeless’ concert

The Help For Homeless Concert will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

The event will include performances by Tom Quigley, Curtis Blackwell, Paradise 56, Blue Ridge, Johnny Webb and The JW Band. All proceeds benefit New Hope Center, Community Outreach Ministry, as they raise funds for a homeless shelter in Franklin.

Tickets are $15.

www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615.

 

Don Williams returns to Franklin

Country music’s legendary “Gentle Giant” Don Williams will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

A highly acclaimed country music singer and songwriter, Williams has produced 17 number one hits and more than 40 Top Ten singles. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and has multiple awards to his claim.

Classic songs such as “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Amanda,” and “Tulsa Times” showcase Williams’ unique blend of commanding presence and laid-back, easy style. That, along with his stately build, earned him the nickname, “Gentle Giant.”

Williams discovered his love for music at the age of 3 when he competed in a local talent contest and won first place, an alarm clock. His mother taught him how to play the guitar and as a teenager he played in several different bands and explored several different genres. In 1964, Williams joined the Pozo-Seco Singers, a folk-pop group.

Columbia Records signed the group and released a series of Top 50 hits and three albums. The group disbanded in 1971 and thus began Williams’ solo career.

Ticket prices start at $35.

www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615.

 

‘Help for the Homeless’ concert

The Help For Homeless Concert will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

The event will include performances by Tom Quigley, Curtis Blackwell, Paradise 56, Blue Ridge, Johnny Webb and The JW Band. All proceeds benefit New Hope Center, Community Outreach Ministry, as they raise funds for a homeless shelter in Franklin.

Tickets are $15.

www.greatmountainmusic.com or 866.273.4615. 

 

Music of the Carpenters at WCU

The melodies of one of America’s top-selling duos of all time, The Carpenters, will come to life during the production “We’ve Only Just Begun: Carpenters Remembered” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. 

The sister-and-brother duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter sold more than 100 million records in just over a decade and still hold the record for the most top 10 singles in a row. 

The 90-minute tribute show will feature pop music classics including “For All We Know,” “Goodbye to Love,” “Hurting Each Other,” “I Need to Be in Love,” “Please Mr. Postman,” “Rainy Days and Mondays,” “Superstar,” “There’s a Kind of Hush,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “Top of the World,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Yesterday Once More” and many more.

“Carpenters Remembered” is sponsored by Bear Lake Reserve and 540-AM WRGC Radio. The production is the final presentation of WCU’s 2014-15 Galaxy of Stars series.

Tickets are $21 for adults ($15 in groups of 20 or more), $16 for WCU faculty and staff members, and $7 for students/children of any age. They may be purchased at the Bardo Arts Center box office or by calling 828.227.2479.

www.bardoartscenter.wcu.edu.

 

Lasher to play two benefits

Country/southern rocker Joe Lasher Jr. will perform at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Colonial Theatre in Canton. Tickets are $7, with proceeds going to The Community Kitchen, a local MANNA FoodBank partner. The event is sponsored by Ingles Markets. www.cantonnc.com or 828.648.0014. Lasher will also be playing another benefit show at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Bridge Park in Sylva. Tickets are $7 at gate or bring a donation of at least five food items.

 

Also:

• Andrews Brewing Company will have Rob Alwine (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. April 17, The Dirty Soul Revival (blues/hard rock, $5) 7 p.m. April 18, Rob Tiger (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. April 24 and Porch 40 (funk/rock, $5) 7 p.m. April 25. All shows are free, unless otherwise noted. www.andrewsbrewing.com. 

• Balsam Mountain Inn will have Tomi Lunsford, Tommy Goldsmith and Tom House as part of their Songwriters in the Round series ($47 per person) April 18; and Annie Sellick & The Hot Club of Nashville (gypsy jazz, $49 per person) April 26. Both shows begin at 6 p.m. and include a buffet dinner. www.balsammountaininn.net. 

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Mark Bumgarner (Americana) April 17 and Tonology (metal/hard rock) April 24. Both shows begin at 8 p.m. www.bwbrewing.com or 828.246.0602.

• City Lights Café (Sylva) will have Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave McGill (blues/acoustic) at 7 p.m. April 17. www.citylightscafe.com. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have The 9th Street Stompers (gypsy jazz/roots, $10) April 17, Joe Cruz (pop/piano) April 18 and 25, and Dan Shearin (folk/Americana) April 24. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Chris Minick (singer-songwriter/folk) at 6 p.m. April 16 and 23, Bobby G (rock/acoustic) 7 p.m. April 18 and the Kabin Fever Party 6 p.m. April 24. Free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

• Haywood County Public Library (Canton) will host pianist Richard Shulman (jazz/world) at 3 p.m. April 19. Free. 

• Haywood County Public Library (Waynesville) will host the Blue Ridge Big Band at 3 p.m. April 18. Free. 828.456.4880.

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night April 15 and 22, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo April 16 and 23. All events begin at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Jackson County Public Library (Sylva) will have Balfour Knight (harp) and Carol Lynn Knight (vocals) following the Jackson County Arts Council membership meeting at 6:30 p.m. April 27. There will be a light reception after the performance. Free. 828.507.9820 or www.jacksoncountyartscouncil.org. 

• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will have a one-year anniversary Burlesque Show at 8 p.m. April 18. $5. www.madbatterfoodandfilm.com. 

• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 16. 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. The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or learn old-time mountain songs. Free. 828.488.3030. 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have OGYA World Music Band 8 p.m. April 17, Shane Meade & The Sound (Americana/soul) April 18 and Ravenhill (indie/rock) 8 p.m. April 24. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. www.nantahalabrewing.com. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Dustin Martin & The Ramblers (Americana/string) April 17, Deltaphonic (southern rock) April 18, The Dirty Soul Revival (blues/hard rock) April 24 and Skunk Ruckus (hillbilly rock) April 25. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or www.nonamesportspub.com. 

• Oconaluftee Visitors Center (Cherokee) will have an old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. April 18. All skill levels welcomed. 

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have Pat Donohue (singer-songwriter) at 7:30 p.m. April 16, The Hillbenders (bluegrass/Americana) 8 p.m. April 17 and Soldier’s Heart (Americana/soul, $8 advance/$10 day of show) 7:45 p.m. April 25. Tickets for Donohue and The Hillbenders shows are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. www.38main.com or 828.283.0079.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) at 9 p.m. April 17 and ‘Round the Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) 8:30 p.m. April 24. Both shows are free.

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Deltaphonic (southern rock) April 17 and the Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (bluegrass/jazz) April 18. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have Alex Vaughn Senior Recital 5 p.m. April 18, Civic Orchestra April 20, Gamelan Ensemble April 22, Flute Studio Recital April 23 and Pavol Wlosok (jazz) April 25 in the Coulter Building. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. The Inspirational Choir Spring Concert will also be at 3 p.m. April 19 at the University Center Grand Room, with We The Kings concert at 8 p.m. April 20 in the UC Central Plaza. www.wcu.edu.

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