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JAM registration in Canton

The Haywood County Arts Council’s Junior Appalachian Musicians program will hold student registration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in the cafeteria at  Canton Middle School.

JAM offers old-time mountain music instruction to children in 4th grade and above. Participants will be taught banjo, fiddle or guitar in the traditional way mountain music has been taught for generations.

Lessons are $120 for the full school year, $40 for siblings. Classes meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Oct. 7 through May 2015.

828.452.2022 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Acclaimed singer-songwriters to play Franklin

Singer-songwriters James Castro, Victoria Banks and Tony Arata will come together for the Home By Dark concert showcase to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Living in Nashville, Castro has quickly become a three-time winner in the Nashville Songwriters Association songwriting contest and a regular performer at the Bluebird Café and other venues around Music City. His first major songwriting cut was in 2006 with “Peace On Earth,” recorded by platinum-selling artist Lila McCann. His soulful pop vocals and percussive style of piano playing has earned him fans across the globe.  

Banks is a songwriter from Canada. Her songs have been featured in movies and on television and recorded by artists such as Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans, and Terri Clark. She has co-written songs with Gretchen Wilson, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, and Danielle Peck, and has shared the stage with music professionals such as Pam Tillis, Alabama and Billy Currington. She also released a very successful country music album in Canada in 2009. She earned many awards with the debut album including Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Single of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star. 

To date, Garth Brooks has recorded seven of Arata’s songs including, “The Dance” and “Same Old Story.” “The Dance” won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards and received both a Country Music Association and a Grammy nomination. Other artists who have recorded Arata’s songs include Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Don Williams, Reba McEntire, Suzy Bogguss and Hal Ketchum. In 2010, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  

Tickets are $15 and $30. or 866.273.4615.



• Caleb Crawford, Liz Nance Trio, Humps & The Blackouts, Riva Rebels, Lorin Walker Madsen Band, Aubryn, Viva Le Vox, Joe Buck Yourself and LOCAL will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Crawford plays Sept. 18, with Nance Sept. 19, Humps & The Blackouts Sept. 20, Riva Rebels and Madsen Sept. 22, Aubryn Sept. 25, Viva Le Vox and Joe Buck Yourself Sept. 26, and LOCAL Sept. 27. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m., with Sunday performances from 5 to 8 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or

• Acoustic duo Somebody’s Child and funk/rock group The Fritz will perform at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Somebody’s Child plays Sept. 19, with The Fritz Sept. 26. All shows start at 8 p.m. Free. 

• An open mic night and folk/roots singer-songwriter Linda McRae will perform at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. The open mic is at 7 p.m. Sept. 18, and is free. McRae will play at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 25, with tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 828.283.0079 or

• Singer-songwriter Daniel Shearin, classic pop-rock pianist Joe Cruz and soul/pop duo Bohemian Jean will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Shearin plays Sept. 19, with Cruz Sept 20 and 27, and Bohemian Jean Sept. 26. Shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum purchase. 828.452.6000 or 

• An open jam session will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. each Thursday through Dec. 18 at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. All skill levels and instruments welcome. 828.631.4466 or 

• Newgrass/string band Brushfire Stankgrass will perform at 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. 828.586.9678 or 

• A Funky Dance Party, Mangas Colorado, Grits & Soul and a comedy show will perform at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. The Funky Dance Party will be at 8 p.m. Sept. 13, with Mangas Colorado at 7 p.m. Sept. 19, Grits & Soul Sept. 26 and the comedy show Sept. 27. or 828.246.0602.

• Bluegrass/gospel group Buncombe Turnpike will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Macon County Heritage Center in the Historic Cowee School in Franklin. $10 per person. 828.349.1945 or 

• Singer-songwriter Ashli Rose, rock act Mile High and southern rockers SmokeRise will perform at the Maggie Valley Rendezvous. Rose plays Sept. 19, with Mile High Sept. 20 and SmokeRise Sept. 21 (poolside from 3 to 6 p.m.). All shows begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.926.0201.

• A community music jam will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, or anything unplugged are invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in or you can just stop by and listen. The music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month – year round. Free. 828.488.3030. 

• The 9th annual Nashville Songwriters’ Round to benefit the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Trillium Links & Lake Club in Cashiers. Live music by Rivers Rutherford & Friends. $75 per person. 828.743.5191.

• Rock act The Remnants and soul/oldies group Paradise 56 will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. The Remnants play Sept. 20, with Paradise 56 Sept. 27. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.524.2516 or

• Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Southside of the Tracks and Alarm Clock Conspiracy will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play Sept. 18, with Southside of the Tracks Sept. 20 and Alarm Clock Conspiracy Sept. 25. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or 

• The Summer Live Music Series will continue with Rick Rushing & The Blues Strangers and Somebody’s Child at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. Rushing plays Sept. 19, with Somebody’s Child Sept. 20. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Elvis impersonator Chris Monteith and acoustic duo Somebody’s Child will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. Monteith performs Sept. 20, with Somebody’s Child Sept. 27. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

• Southern Highlands and the Macon Grass Band will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series at Town Square in Highlands. Southern Highlands plays Sept. 19, with Macon Grass Band Sept. 26. All shows begin at 6 p.m. Free.

• The Humps & The Blackouts pirate costume party and Lyric will be at the Water’n Hole Bar & Grill in Waynesville. Humps & The Blackouts play Sept. 19, with Lyric Sept. 26. Each show is $5 and begins at 9 p.m. 828.456.4750.

• Southern Appalachian singer/songwriter Angela Faye Martin will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. or 

• The High Mountain Squares will host their End of Summer Dance from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Western style square dancing, mainstream, and plus levels. All welcome. 828.371.4946 or 828.342.1560 or 

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