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Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

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Music and astronomy pair up at PARI

An evening of astronomy-inspired music will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI). 

The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes. The program is part of PARI’s monthly Evening at PARI series and will feature musical selections inspired in some way by astronomy. 

“Dr. Bob Hayward and I will share musical selections that have astronomical inspiration behind their title, words or music,” said PARI Education Director Christi Whitworth. “While the music is playing we will project imagery of the astronomical objects or similar examples and provide relevant scientific information about what our visitors are witnessing. We will share music from a variety of genres and eras so the program will appeal to all age groups. Families are welcome.” 

The program will take place regardless of the weather so attendees are encouraged to dress appropriately for being outside and to wear comfortable walking shoes. 

Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. Evening at PARI programs cost $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military and $10 for children under 14. Register and pay online at or call 828.862.5554. 

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First Thursday bluegrass welcomes Goforth

Old-time/bluegrass musician Josh Goforth will perform as part of the First Thursday concert series at 7 p.m. April 9 in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

The concert will last an hour and will be followed by an open jam session during which traditional musicians of all skill levels are invited to participate. The First Thursday series of concerts and open jams include some of the region's best old-time and bluegrass musicians. The events align with “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time” programs given across WCU that explore historical, social and cultural impacts that have shaped the state.




• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends (Americana/folk) at 7:30 p.m. April 3, ClawHoss & Friends (Americana/bluegrass) 7 p.m. April 10 and Trial By Stone (reggae/ska) 8 p.m. April 11. or 828.246.0602.

• Canton Armory will have “Pickin’ in the Armory” will continue with live music by the Rick Morris Band and clogging by the Dixie Darlings and Mountain Traditions April 3. Rewind with the Stoney Creek Cloggers and Appalachian Mountaineers will be April 10. Both events begin at 7 p.m. 

• City Lights Café (Sylva) will have Chris Emerson & Ty Bennett (singer-songwriter/bluegrass) April 3 and Joshua Grant (old-time/bluegrass) April 4. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Jay Brown (folk/Americana) April 1, Sean Bendula (singer-songwriter) April 3, Joe Cruz (pop/piano) April 4 and 11, and ‘Round the Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) April 10. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• Colonial Theatre (Canton) will have Joe Lasher Jr. (country/southern rock) at 7 p.m. April 18. Tickets are $7, with proceeds going to The Community Kitchen, a local MANNA FoodBank partner. or 828.648.0014.

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Craig Summers & Lee Kram (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. April 2, 9 and 16. Free. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night April 1 and 8, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo April 2 and 10. Events begin at 8 p.m. 

• Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) April 4 and Sidecar Honey (Americana/bluegrass) April 11. 

• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 2. 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 Productive Paranoia (bluegrass/Americana) 8 p.m. April 3, Steph Stewart & The Boyfriends (Americana/folk) April 4 and The Liz Nance Trio (Americana/bluegrass) April 10. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have the French Boards (Americana) April 3, Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (bluegrass/jazz) April 4, Urban Pioneers (Americana/bluegrass) April 9, The Hardin Draw (folk/string) April 10, Tail Light Rebellion (boogie/folk) and The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System April 11, and D.S. Yancey & Brian Hartley (indie/country) April 13. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or 

• Oconaluftee Visitors Center (Cherokee) will have an old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. April 4. All skill levels welcomed. 

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have Pat Donohue (singer-songwriter) at 7:30 p.m. April 16 and The Hillbenders (bluegrass/Americana) 8 p.m. April 17. Tickets for both shows are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. or 828.283.0079.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have Kevin Fuller (singer-songwriter) at 9 p.m. April 10. Free.

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Urban Pioneers (Americana/bluegrass) at 9:30 p.m. April 10.

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have an Upperclassmen Trumpet Recital at April 6, Music Faculty concert April 7, Travis Bennett (horn) April 8, Richard MacDowell (clarinet) April 9 and the Daniel Ball Senior Recital April 11 in the Coulter Building. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. A Battle of the Bands will be from 5 to 11 p.m. April 6 in the University Center Grand Room.

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