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Voices in the Laurel concert

The Voices in the Laurel 21st annual spring concert “Sing” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at Longs Chapel United Methodist Church in Waynesville. 

“Sing” will feature classics, including Mozart and Dvorak, to modern, “Sing” by the Penraronix Music from Southern Piedmont Invitational Children’s Choir Festival and the upcoming tour to Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. The concert is sponsored by a Grassroots Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council awarded by the Haywood County Arts Council.

Voices in the Laurel is a Haywood County based nonprofit choir for young people ranging from first grade through 12th grade from Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties under the direction of Martha Brown. Voices in the Laurel is an authentic program that focuses on providing young people quality choral education in fun and innovative ways. 

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Purchase tickets by calling 828.734.9163 or www.voicesinthelaurel.org


Franklin songwriters series

The inaugural “Songwriters in the Round” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Franklin Underground, 28 East Main St., Franklin.

The evening will feature songwriters Rachel Stewart, Eric Hendrix, Don Smith, Scott Crowley and Chuck Dorling. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Beer and wine will also be served. 

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‘Roadworks’ rolls into Macon, Marianna

The Catamount Singers and Electric Soul will perform at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. They will also perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.  

“Roadworks” is an outreach program sponsored by the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Western Carolina University that presents free theatrical, music, film and visual arts events to organizations and communities throughout the region. The School of Music was chosen to present the program this year, utilizing the performing ensemble The Catamount Singers and Electric Soul. This group consists of four of the best singers from the School of Music. 

Together, they have prepared a show entitled: “Living The Dream.” The show consists mostly of energetic modern pop tunes, jazz standards, and classic rock, all complete with impressive choreography. It will feature each of the singers, along with brief narrations about the School of Music and the arts at WCU.

Both programs are free and open to the public. For more information about this program, call the libraries at 828.524.3600 (Franklin) or 828.488.3030 (Bryson City).


Bryson City community jam

A community music jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

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 jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City. 

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. The music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month — year-round. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts.




• Andrews Brewing Company (Andrews) will host Troy Underwood (singer-songwriter) May 19, Frank Lee and Allie Burbrink (bluegrass/Americana) May 20, Andrew Chastain (singer-songwriter) May 26 and Bull Moose Party (bluegrass) May 27. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. There is also an open mic “Jammin’ with Heidi” on Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m. www.andrewsbrewing.com.

• Bogart’s Restaurant & Tavern (Waynesville) will host Bull Moose Party (bluegrass) May 18 and Carolina Catskins (bluegrass) May 25. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Joe Cruz (piano/pop) May 19 and 27, Hope Griffin (guitar/vocals) May 20 and Dana & Susan Robinson (Americana) May 26. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com. 

• Concerts on the Creek (Sylva) will host The Robertson Boys (bluegrass/Americana) at 7 p.m. May 26 in Bridge Park. Free. 828.586.2155 or www.mountainlovers.com. 

• Currahee Brewing (Franklin) will host Hurricane Creek (Americana) May 20 and Scott James Stambaugh (singer-songwriter) May 27. Shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. www.curraheebrew.com. 

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have music at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.488.8898. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Hard Rocket (rock) 7 p.m. May 19, Good Direction (rock) 7 p.m. May 26 and The Rock Dodgers (bluegrass/classic rock) May 27. All shows are free. www.froglevelbrewing.com. 

• Groovin’ on the Green (Cashiers) will host Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues at 6:30 p.m. May 27 at The Village Green. Free. www.visitcashiersvalley.com. 

• Heinzelmannchen Brewery (Sylva) will have live music and a potluck from 6 to 8 p.m. May 18 and 25. www.yourgnometownbrewery.com. 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night May 17 and 24, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo May 18 and 25. All events are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com. 

• Jackson County Public Library (Sylva) presents “A Musical Afternoon in Sylva” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 20. This is a free music recital starring Jackson County’s private music students of all ages from nine different studios. 

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host Tea 4 Three (rock/blues) May 20 and Beau & Luci (Americana) May 27. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 828.349.2337 or www.lazyhikerbrewing.com. 

• Nantahala Brewing Company (Bryson City) will Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink (bluegrass/Americana) May 19, Redleg Husky (Americana) May 20, Alma & Tommy (bluegrass/Americana) May 26 and Ogya (world music) May 27. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.nantahalabrewing.com. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host Bob Shirley (outlaw country) May 19, John The Revelator (dark folk/stomp blues) May 20, Deadly LoFi w/Shane Davis (rock) May 26 and Alma & Tommy (bluegrass/Americana) May 27. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. www.nonamesportspub.com. 

• The Oconaluftee Visitor Center (Cherokee) will host a back porch old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. May 20. All are welcome to come play or simply sit and listen to sounds of Southern Appalachia.

• Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will host “Hoppy Hour” and an open mic with Susan at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and live music on Friday evenings. 828.482.9794 or www.satulahmountainbrewing.com. 

• Sneak E Squirrel Brewing (Sylva) will host line dancing every Friday at 7 p.m. and contra dancing every other Friday at 8 p.m. and Heidi Holton (blues/folk) at 8 p.m. May 27. 828.586.6440. 

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will host an “Open Mic” night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. All are welcome. 828.283.0079 or www.38main.com. 

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