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Haywood chorus to present bluegrass program

The Haywood Community Chorus will be joined with local bluegrass musicians to offer a program of old and new American music at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

The first part of the program will consist of the High Lonesome Mass, composed and arranged by Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsay in 2011. Following the structure of a traditional mass, the work incorporates old hymn tunes, such as “Come Away to the Skies,” “Brethren, We Have Met to Worship” and “What Wondrous Love Is This.” The chorus will be accompanied by string bass, banjo, guitar, and fiddle. The second half of the program will be comprised of mountain folk tunes, some lively and others more ballad-like, most of them arranged by Mack Wilberg in the 1990s.

Two of Western North Carolina’s most talented musicians, director David Traynham and accompanist Kathy McNeil, have been preparing the chorus since February. The Junior Appalachian Musicians will also offer a special presentation.

The chorus is a nonprofit organization, and contributions will be gratefully accepted.

Admission is free.



Lasher brings country-rock to Sylva

Country/southern rocker Joe Lasher Jr. will perform at 6 p.m. May 9 at Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva. 

Born and bred in the Western North Carolina mountains, 18-year-old Lasher is quickly gaining the attention of music lovers across the Southeast. Although he's young in age, his voice and musicianship is that of a seasoned veteran. The “Down Home Tour” is visiting towns across the region. 

Tickets for each concert are $7 at the gate or five non-perishable canned food items. All proceeds will benefit local MANNA Food Bank partner agencies. Sylva’s concert will benefit the Community Table. The money and food raised at each venue will remain in the county where the performance takes place. The radio station 99.9 KISS Country will also be involved with the tour and its promotion. 

The event is sponsored by Ingles Markets. or 828.586.2155.


Brasstown Ringers spring concert 

The Brasstown Ringers will “ring in” spring with their concert musical “Springtime Potpourri” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the First United Methodist Church in Franklin.

The performance will include classical number “Rondo Passacaglia,” traditional spiritual “By and By,” musical show tunes such as “Do-Re-Mi” from the “Sound of Music” and an African jazz piece called “Sherekea Usafari!” (“Celebrate the Journey!”). The group is also especially excited to play Fred Gramann's “Prelude on Herzliebster Jesu.”

The concert is free, with good will offerings gratefully accepted.


Dove, Grammy winner to play Franklin

Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Laura Story will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin.

Story has won several Dove Awards and a Grammy Award. Her music career began in 1996 when she met Shane Williams from the band Silers Bald. She left the band in 2002 and began working on her first album, “Indescribable.” Her song “Blessings” earned Story a Grammy for “Best Contemporary Christian Music Song” in 2012, as well as “Song of the Year” at the GMA Dove Awards.  

Story’s latest album, “God Of Every Story,” is full of inspiring tunes that encourages listeners and tells stories through her music. Aside from making music and writing books, Story also works at Perimeter Church in Atlanta, leading music and women’s ministries. 

Tickets are $18 per person. or 866.273.4615.



• Andrews Brewing Company will have CaroMia (Americana/folk) at 5 p.m. May 1, Goldie & The Screamers (soul/R&B, $5) 7 p.m. May 2, Andrew Chastain (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. May 8 and Copious Jones (jam/rock, $5) 7 p.m. May 9. All shows are free, unless otherwise noted. 

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have The Sauce Boss (blues/rock) at 8 p.m. May 1, Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter) 7 p.m. May 2, The Robinson’s 7 p.m. May 8 and The Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (blues/bluegrass) at 8 p.m. May 9. or 828.246.0602.

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Dallas Wesley (singer-songwriter) May 1, Joe Cruz (pop/piano) May 2, Jay Brown (blues/roots) May 8 and Dana & Susan Robinson (folk/Americana) May 9. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have Heidi Holton (blues/folk) at 7 p.m. May 2. 828.488.8898. 

• First United Methodist Church (Waynesville) will host the Haywood Community Chorus Spring Concert at 4 p.m. May 3. Free. 828.557.9187.

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Pismo Spanky (singer-songwriter) 7 p.m. May 1, Chris Minick (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. May 7 and live music during The Whole Bloomin’ Thing festival starting at 11 a.m. May 9. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night April 29 and May 6, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo April 30 and May 7. All events begin at 8 p.m. 

• The Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have The Corbitt Brothers (southern rock) May 1 and The Tyler Denning Band (blues/pop) May 9. Both shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.526.8232 or 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Ben Sutton & The Ends (rock) May 1 and Positive Mental Attitude (jam/rock) May 9. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Jonny Monster Klenck (blues/rock) May 1-2, Humps & The Blackouts (rockabilly/hard rock) May 8 and Nathan Kalish & The Last Callers (roots/Americana) May 9. 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. May 2. All skill levels welcomed. 

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have Gary Carter May 1, Tom Johnson May 2, David Spangler May 8 and Southridge May 9. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

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

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) April 30 and The Delta Billies (Americana/rock) May 7. Both shows begin at 7:45 p.m., with tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the door. or 828.283.0079.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. May 1, Cinco De Beardo (facial hair competition) with My Mother the Mountain (bluegrass/Americana) 7 p.m. May 5 and Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. May 8. All shows are free. 

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have DJ A-Minor April 30, DJ X May 7, PMA (jam/rock) May 8 and The Corbitt Brothers (southern rock) May 9. Bands go on at 9 p.m., DJs at 10 p.m. 

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will have the Brass Ensemble April 29 and Choral Ensembles April 30 in the Coulter Building. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. A Mountain Winds Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. May 5 in the Bardo Arts Center.

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