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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 00:00

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Innovation Brewing presents NYC jazz guitarist

Acclaimed New York City jazz guitarist Freddie Bryant will play from 8 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Innovation Brewing in Sylva.

Bryant has had the honor of touring with three legends of the music world: African singer Salif Keita, the virtuoso klezmer clarinetist Maestro Giora Feidman and the jazz trumpet great Tom Harrell (as a member of his quintet, 1999-2001). He has recorded and/or played with Tom Harrell, D.D. Jackson, Steve Wilson, Kevin Hays, Rosanna Vitro, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Sheila Jordan, Randy Brecker, David Sanchez and many others. 

Over the years Bryant has toured in 50 countries and has collaborated with musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds including the Indian sitarist Shubhendra Rao, the Kenyan singers Achien’g Abura, Suzanna Owiyo, the Taarab master and traditional groups in Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. In 2006 he performed in Cuba as a solo artist and spent a week of musical exchange with Cuban musicians, including the trumpet player, “El Greco,” formerly of Irakere. He has toured as a cultural ambassador for The U.S. Department of State and performed at the Kennedy Center with the Billy Taylor Trio, appearing on National Public Radio’s “Live at the Kennedy Center.”

In 2004 he was chosen to be a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College. Currently he is on the faculty of Williams College and the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen, Holland.



Sundown Band brings country, rock to Sylva

The Sundown Band will perform as part of the Concerts on the Creek series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Bridge Park in Sylva.

The band specializes in country, rock, R&B, Motown and 60’s and 70’s pop. Based in Andrews, the group includes Don O’Dell, Rick Davenport, Jamie Nichols, Johnny McCoy, Sammy Mason and Andrea Reid. 

Concerts on the Creek are held every Friday night through Labor Day. The concerts are free with a donation encouraged and cooperatively produced by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva and the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department. Those attending should bring a chair or blanket. 

Whitewater Bluegrass will perform next in the series on Aug. 1. The July 18 concert by Soldier’s Heart was canceled due to rain. It will be rescheduled later this fall, with a date to be announced soon. 



Lake Junaluska welcomes acclaimed pianist 

Pianist David Troy Francis will perform the music of Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and American hymns at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Stuart Auditorium in Lake Junaluska. Francis will be joined by Broadway performer Mark Morales.

Francis has recorded eight albums ranging from his unique arrangements of American hymns to the world premiere recording of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Ned Rorem’s technically formidable “Eight Etudes for Piano.” He has served as the recording pianist for films, including Pursuit of Happyness, Fame and Elegy. 

Currently, he is the artistic director of the Asheville non-profit The Modern American Music Project which has mounted the acclaimed opera “Dead Man Walking” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning work “The Passion of the Little Match Girl” within the last 14 months. 

Tickets are $17.50 per person. or 828.452.2881.


Old-time string music at Cradle of Forestry

The Palmetto Gravel Scratchers will play the Songcatchers Music Series at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Cradle of Forestry in America.

From Upstate South Carolina, the group brings together old-time traditional string band tunes, historical ballads, early country songs and the works of contemporary songwriters. Their music relives the times when great changes were taking place, from the end of the Civil War through the 1920s and beyond.  

Admission for all shows is $6 for ages 16 and older, $3 for youth 15 and under and America the Beautiful and Golden Age pass holders. 

828.877.3130 or


Chamber music in Waynesville

The Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival will continue with the Jasper Quartet at 7:30 p.m. July 27 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

The quartet will perform Beethoven’s Opus 18 No. 3, Twilight Music and the String Quartet in G Major by Dvořák.

Tickets are $21.40. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.452.0593.



• Low Volts, 3 Sum, Damn Union and Caleb “Nip” Crawford will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Low Volts plays July 24, with 3 Sum July 25, Damn Union July 26 and Crawford July 27. Shows begin at 9 p.m. Free. 828.586.2750 or

• Appalachian/blues singer-songwriter Scott Ainslie will hold a music workshop at 4 p.m. and concert at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. The musician will teach attendees the art of songwriting and storytelling. $12.

• Noonday Sun, Americana/folk band Soldier’s Heart, Owner of the Sun and singer/songwriter Jamie Kent & the Options will perform at Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City. Noonday Sun plays July 25, with Soldier’s Heart July 26, Owner of the Sun Aug. 1 and Kent Aug. 2. 8 p.m. Free.

• Americana group The Old Guard and The Spontaneous Combustion Jam will be at BearWaters Brewing Company in Waynesville. The Old Guard plays at 7 p.m. July 25. The jam runs from 8 p.m. to midnight every Monday, with all players welcome. 828.246.0602 or 

• Country artist Erica Nicole and rock group The Matt Joiner Band will perform at Groovin’ on the Green at the Village Commons in Cashiers. Nicole plays July 25, with Joiner Aug. 1. Shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free.

• Friday Night Jazz! with The Kittle & Collings Duo will be from 6 to 9 p.m. July 25 and Aug. 1 at Lulu’s on Main.

• Oldies group The Elderly Brothers and variety musician Charlie Horse will perform as part of Pickin’ on the Square at the gazebo in downtown Franklin. The Elderly Brothers play July 26, with Horse Aug. 2. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.524.2516 or

• Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Fritz Beer, Bohemian Jean and Armadillo will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play July 24 and 31, with Fritz Beer July 25, Bohemian Jean July 26 and Armadillo Aug. 1. Thursday shows begin at 6 p.m., with weekend performances starting at 7 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or

• Tellico will perform as part of the Outdoor 76 concert series at 6 p.m. July 23 in downtown Franklin. Live music and craft beer. $5 per person. 828.349.7676 or 

• Appalachian string/bluegrass group The Special Consensus will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 26 at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. $25 for adults, $10 for students. Dinner services begin at 6 p.m. in the Schoolhouse Café. 828.479.3364 or

• The Summer Live Music Series will continue with PMA and Somebody’s Child at the Nantahala Outdoor Center in the Nantahala Gorge. PMA plays July 25, with Somebody’s Child July 26. Live music, barbecue and craft beer. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. 

• Mandolin/guitar duo Chant the Trees will perform on July 25 at City Lights Café in Sylva. Free. or 828.587.2233.

• Funk/Motown act Porch 40 and southern rock/country group The Josh Fields Band will perform at the Bryson City Train Depot. Porch 40 plays July 26, with Fields Aug. 2. Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

• Texas soul artist Larry Patton, Appalachian act The Larry Barnett Duo and classic rockers Larry & The Daryls will perform at the Fontana Village Resort. Patton plays July 24, with Barnett July 25 and Larry & The Daryls July 26. All shows begin at 7 p.m.

• Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will perform at 7 p.m. July 26 at the Historic Cowee School. $10 per person. or 828.349.1945.

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