On the beatWritten by Admin
JAM concert to honor Stuart
Old-time music fans and friends of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program are invited come together for a concert honoring the late Trevor Stuart, founder and instructor in the JAM program in Haywood County, at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.
Featured performers include current JAM students and teachers (Travis Stuart, Cary Fridley, and Robby Robertson), Helena Hunt, Jimmy Burnett, Julie Shepherd-Powell and Adrian Powell, Rayna Gellert, and Bruce and Loy Greene. Wayne Martin, the executive director of the North Carolina Arts Council, will also attend and play.
JAM students learn banjo, fiddle, or guitar in the traditional way mountain music has been taught for generations. As students advance, they are referred by instructors into a string band class in which they learn to play with others and prepare for public performance.
Tickets are available for $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door. Proceeds will go to the JAM program. They can be purchased at the Haywood County Arts Council at 86 North Main Street in Waynesville or by calling 828.452.0593.
Brasstown Ringers salute America
The Brasstown Ringers will celebrate the USA with a selection of patriotic and Americana handbell music with “A Salute to America” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Franklin.
The concert’s music features folk tunes, gospels, as well as beloved Broadway show and classic movie music. A special “Quilt of Valor” presentation to a local veteran will be made at this concert. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted at the door after the concert.
The Brasstown Ringers is a nonprofit organization based in Brasstown. All members are volunteers who ring for the joy of music, and to demonstrate the art of handbell ringing. They come from northern Georgia and western North Carolina to play in this advanced handbell group.
Their next concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown.
• Andrews Brewing Company will host Troy Underwood (singer-songwriter) at 6 p.m. May 6, Hope Griffin Trio (Americana) 7 p.m. May 7, Frank Lee (Americana) 6 p.m. May 13 and Rye Baby (Americana) 7 p.m. May 14. All shows are free. www.andrewsbrewing.com.
• Apple Creek Café (Waynesville) will host an evening of piano music on Fridays and jazz on Saturdays. Both events are free and run from 6 to 9 p.m. 828.456.9888 or www.applecreekcafe.com.
• BearWaters Brewing Company (Waynesville) will host The Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/bluegrass) at 6 p.m. May 12. 828.246.0602 or www.bwbrewing.com.
• The City Lights Café (Sylva) will host David Wiseman (singer-songwriter) at 7 p.m. May 13. 828.587.2233. www.citylightscafe.com.
• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Dallas Wesley (Americana) May 6, Blue Ribbon Healers (gypsy/jazz) May 7, Joe Cruz (piano/pop) May 13 and Lacy Green (Americana) May 14. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
• The Cut Cocktail Lounge (Sylva) will host a Mother’s Day Party with the Chinquapin Duo at noon May 8. 828.631.4795.
• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Todd Hoke (singer-songwriter) at 1 p.m. May 7 during the Whole Bloomin’ Thing Festival and Mark Keller (singer-songwriter) 9:30 a.m. May 14 during the Gateway to the Smokies Half Marathon. All shows are free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night May 4 and 11, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo May 5 and 12. All events begin at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com.
• Jackson County Public Library (Sylva) host a recital of various local musicians from 2 to 4 p.m. May 7. Free, with donations accepted. Proceeds will go to support the Jackson County Arts Council. 828.507.9820 or www.jacksoncountyarts.org.
• Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will host The Trippen Hardie Band at 5 p.m. May 14. www.madbatterfoodfilm.com.
• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 5. 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. Free. 828.488.3030.
• Nantahala Brewing Company (Bryson City) will host Circus Mutt (rock/jam) May 6, Franklin’s Kite (Americana) May 7, Wyatt Espalin (Americana) May 13 and Sunshine Station (rock/jam) May 14. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.nantahalabrewing.com.
• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host Mike Frazier & Mike Farrington with Fight For Your Friends (rock) May 6, SS Web with Leonhardt and Chris Blaylock (rock/Americana) May 11, Gold Rose (Americana) May 13, 20 Watt Tombstone and Chris Blaylock (rock/Americana) May 14 and The Hooten Hallers (rock/blues) with Drunken Cuddle and Chris Blaylock (rock/Americana) May 15. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. www.nonamesportspub.com.
• The Oconaluftee Visitor Center (Cherokee) will host a back porch old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. May 7. All are welcome to come play or simply sit and listen to sounds of Southern Appalachia.
• The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will host The Breedlove Brothers (Americana) May 6, Scott James Stambaugh (singer-songwriter) May 7 and Tom Johnson (singer-songwriter) May 13. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.rathskellerfranklin.com.
• Sagebrush Steakhouse (Canton) will host Mile High Band (rock) May 10 and Andrew Rickman (rock/folk) May 17. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.646.3750.
• Salty Dog’s (Maggie Valley) will have Karaoke with Jason Wyatt on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Mile High (rock) at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Andrew Rickman (rock/acoustic) will also perform on Saturdays. All events begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
• Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will host “Hoppy Hour” and an open mic with Jimandi at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, “Funky Friday” with Bud Davis at 7 p.m. on Fridays and Isaish Breedlove (Americana) at 7 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.482.9794 or www.satulahmountainbrewing.com.
• Sneak E Squirrel Brewing (Sylva) will host the “Funk to What?” open jam every Thursday at 8 p.m. and Bobby G (blues) May 7. 828.586.6440.
• Soul Infusion Tea House & Bistro (Sylva) will host a jazz evening with the Tyler Kittle & Michael Colling Duo (with special guests) every other Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. with the next performance on May 10. www.soulinfusion.com or 828.586.1717.
• The Stompin’ Ground (Maggie Valley) is now open for live mountain music and clogging at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 828.926.1288.
• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will host Darren Nicholson & Richard Foulk (Americana/bluegrass) during their “Cinco de Weirdo” beard competition and celebration at 7 p.m. May 5. Free. www.tippingpointtavern.com.
• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will host a weekly Appalachian music night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesdays with Nitrograss. 828.526.8364 or www.theuglydogpub.com.
• The Waynesville Public Library will host the Blue Ridge Big Band (jazz/swing) at 3 p.m. May 14. Free. www.facebook.com/theblueridgebigband.