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Tuesday, 29 November 2016 00:00

On the beat

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WCU Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble 

The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band will present their final concert of the year, titled “Songs and Dances,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee.

This combined concert will open with the Symphonic Band, conducted by David Starnes, director of WCU athletic bands, performing Alfred Reed’s composition “Russian Christmas Music,” as well as Reed’s arrangement of “Greensleeves.” The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Margaret Underwood, associate professor with the WCU School of Music, will perform works by Khachaturian, Shostakovich, Woolfenden and Bach.

“This has been the first year that we have had two concert bands during the fall, and it has been fantastic to hear so much music happening in Coulter,” Underwood said. “The students work extremely hard to perform great music well, and we love making music with them.”

For more information, or 828.227.7242.


Franklin gets the blues

Popular blues/folk singer Heidi Holton will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Free.


Balfour Knight & Friends Xmas show

A “Christmas Concert” with Balfour Knight & Friends will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Clyde Central United Methodist Church.

The program will be an eclectic mix of Christmas music, secular and religious, classical and popular. It will also include a reflective time of harp music to combat the hectic nature of the holiday season.

Knight, who is well known for his musical accomplishments on a variety of instruments, will play the concerto harp, piano and organ. Carol Lynn Knight will serve as the emcee. She and Susan Gaddy will serve as vocalists for the program. John Kimbrough will join the vocalists as well as play trumpet, guitar and piano. Kevin Kimbrough will be featured on the trombone.  

Pastor Dan Gaddy will be the narrator as he reads the Christmas story. There will be a reception immediately after the concert in the Fellowship Hall with hot, spiced cider, cookies, cheese balls, and more. 

There is no charge for the concert but an offering may be given for those wishing to do so; it will be to assist those less fortunate. For information or directions, call the church office at 828.627.2287.


Joe Cat at Rathskeller

Athens, Georgia singer-songwriter Joe Cat will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Free.



• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Bob Zullo (acoustic/folk) Dec. 2, Joe Cruz (piano/pop) Dec. 3 and 10, and the Jingle Bell Bash with Dulci Ellenberger & Kevin Williams Dec. 9. All events begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

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

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Ben Wilson (singer-songwriter) 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and the FLB 5th anniversary party with Resonant Rogues (Americana) 7 p.m. Dec. 3. All shows are free. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo Dec. 1 and 8, and Chris Jamison Dec. 3. All events are free and begin at 8 p.m.

• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will host a community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. 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. 

• The Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will host an old-time music concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 1. Bring your own stringed instrument to participate in the jam session from 8 to 9 p.m. Free. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host Log Noggins with Billingsly (rock) Dec. 2, The Colby Deitz Band Dec. 3, Glitter Bomb Burlesque with Bob Fleming & The Drunk Girl Chorus Dec. 7, Chris Monteith Karaoke Dec. 9 and I Heartbreak (hip-hop) Dec. 10. All shows are free and begin at 9:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 

• The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will host Twelfth Fret Dec. 2, The Sweet Charity Rockin’ Replay Christmas Set Dec. 3, Heidi Holton (blues/folk) Dec. 9 and Joe Cat (singer-songwriter) Dec. 10. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. 

• Sapphire Mountain Brewing Company (Sapphire) will host a jazz brunch with Tyler Kittle & Friends from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sundays. 828.743.0220.

• 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 

• The Smoky Mountain Center of the Performing Arts (Franklin) will host Michael O’Brien (singer-songwriter) formerly of Newsong (Christian) at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Tickets are $18 per person. The Macon County School System “Christmas Concert” will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6. The event is free. or 866.273.4615. 

• 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 

• The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host Porch 40 (rock/funk) Dec. 10. All shows begin at 9 p.m.

• Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) will host featuring old-time music virtuosos Don Pedi and Bruce Greene at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 in the H.F. Robinson Administration Building. The show will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session in which local musicians are invited to participate. The Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and the WCU Honor Band will be at 3 p.m. Dec. 10, both of which will be held at the Fine & Performing Arts Theatre. There will be a Woodwind Concert at 4 p.m. Dec. 7, a Brass Ensemble Concert at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and a Faculty Ensemble 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, all in the Coulter Building.

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