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‘Music on the River’ series returns to Cherokee

The ever-popular open-air summer concert series “Music on the River” begins May 22 and runs through Sept. 6. Concerts take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and occasionally on Sundays, in the riverside area of downtown Cherokee. Admission is free.

Musical performances include rock ’n’ roll, blues, jazz, gospel and country, and take place near local eateries, shopping and downtown water features. The stage is located at the Cherokee Welcome Center on Tsali Boulevard.

This year’s lineup includes: May 22 — A36 Band, May 23-24 — Amazing Grace Ministries, May 29 — AM SuperStars, May 30 — John Emil Montagnino, June 5 — David Lambert, June 6 — A36 Band, June 12 — David Lambert, June 13 — Eastern Blue Band, June 19 — A36 Band, June 20 — AM SuperStars, June 26 — A36 Band, June 27 — David Lambert, July 3, 4 and 5 — Amazing Grace Ministries, July 10 — Eastern Blue Band, July 11 — A36 Band, July 17 — AM SuperStars, July 18 — An Evening with Elvis, July 24 — John Emil Montagnino, July 25 — AM SuperStars, July 31 — A36 Band, Aug. 1 — Eastern Blue Band, Aug. 7 — David Lambert, Aug. 8 — AM SuperStars, Aug. 14-15 — Eastern Blue Band, Aug. 21 — Alfred H. Lossiah, Aug. 22 — AM SuperStars, Aug. 28 — David Lambert, Aug. 29 — A36 Band, Sept. 4 — David Lambert, Sept. 5 — Amazing Grace Ministries (noon to 6 p.m.) and An Evening with Elvis (7 to 9 p.m.) and Sept. 6 — Amazing Grace Ministries.

800.438.1601 or 828.359.6490.


Mangas Colorado brings Americana to Sylva

Americana/bluegrass act Mangas Colorado will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

This rough and tumble string band with hearts of gold cites a broad range of influences, drawing from a unique blend of sounds rooted in rock, outlaw country, bluegrass, folk, and singer-songwriter music. They released their EP “Call You Home” in October 2013 and their debut album “Dawn” in January 2014.

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Free.

828.586.2016 or


Collingsworths hit the stage in Franklin

Acclaimed gospel group The Collingsworth Family will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Since their first engagement together as musicians for a church camp in Petersburg, Michigan in 1986, the ministry God has given Phil and Kim Collingsworth has expanded and flourished until it is a full-time livelihood that involves their entire family. Tickets start at $15.



• Andrews Brewing Company will have Frank Lee (bluegrass/folk) 6 p.m. May 22, Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass, $5) 7 p.m. May 23, Through the Hills (Americana/bluegrass) May 29 and Guy Marshall (Americana/singer-songwriter, $5) May 30. All shows are free, unless otherwise noted. 

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Woody Pines (Americana) at 7 p.m. May 30. or 828.246.0602.

• Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have Trees Leave (folk/rock) on May 22, The Freight Hoppers (Americana/bluegrass) May 23, Somebody’s Child (Americana/blues) May 24, Heidi Holton (blues/Americana) May 29 and The Whiskey Sticks (rock/Americana) May 30. All shows begin at 6 p.m. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have The Moon and You (jazz/classical) May 22, Joe Cruz (piano/pop) May 23, Arvie Bennett (Americana/rock) May 29 and Jacob Johnson (folk/funk) May 30. There will also be a W.O.W. (Women of Waynesville) free tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. May 20. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• Concerts on the Creek (Sylva) at Bridge Park Pavilion will have Productive Paranoia (bluegrass/Americana) May 22 and Sundown (rock) May 29. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 

• Historic Cowee School (Franklin) will have Jonathan Bryd & The Pickup Cowboys (country/blues) at 7 p.m. May 23 as part of their concert series. $15 per person, $75 for a season pass. 

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have The Ghost Peppers at 7 p.m. May 30. Free. 828.488.8898. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Chris Minick (singer-songwriter) May 21 and 28, Stone Crazy (classic rock) May 29 and Through the Hills (Americana/bluegrass) at 9 p.m. May 30. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 828.454.5664 or 

• Harrah’s Cherokee will have Boston (classic rock) at 9 p.m. May 22. 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night May 20 and 27, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo May 21 and 28. All events begin at 8 p.m. 

• The Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have Porch 40 (rock/funk) May 23 and Randy Flat May 30. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.526.8232 or 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Soldier’s Heart (Americana/roots) May 22, The Kevin Prater Band (Americana) May 29 and Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) May 30. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Watt Tombstone (Americana/folk) May 20, Dirty Soul Revival (rock/blues) May 22, Darren & The Buttered Toast (soul/funk) May 23, Darrin Bradburry Band May 29 and Cross Road Redemption May 30. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or 

•  O’Malley’s Pub & Grill will have karaoke with Chris Monteith May 22 and 29, Through the Hills (Americana/bluegrass) May 23, Rye Baby (Americana/bluegrass) May 24, Dustin Martin & The Ramblers (Americana) May 30 and Dave Darbbin May 31. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have a Lip Sync Battle 6:30 p.m. May 20, Louis-Virie Blanche May 22, Ronnie Evans May 23 and Gary Carter May 30. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• The Stompin’ Ground (Maggie Valley) is now open for live mountain music and dancing at 8 p.m. Saturday. 828.926.1288.

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project (Americana/soul) at 7:45 p.m. May 21 (tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door), Lee Roy Parnell (country/blues) at 7:30 p.m. May 24 (tickets are $35) and Shana Tucker (jazz/soul) 7:30 p.m. May 30 (tickets $30 for adults, $25 students, $15 child). or 828.283.0079.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) May 22 and Ashli Rose (singer-songwriter) May 29. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 

• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will have Fish Out of Water (rock/funk) May 22-23. 

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Tonology (metal/hard rock) May 22 and Ginny McAfee (singer-songwriter) May 23. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m. 

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