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Stecoah bluegrass festival

The Heritage Bluegrass Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center.

Performances by the Stecoah JAM Kids (Junior Appalachian Musicians), Jackson County 4-H Music Competition, Graham County Line, The Wilson Family, Jonah Riddle and The Pressley Girls. There will also be jam sessions with Larry Barnett. Arts, crafts and food vendors onsite.


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 Andrew Chastain (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. May 8, Copious Jones (jam/rock, $5) 7 p.m. May 9, Heidi Holton (blues/Americana) 6 p.m. May 15 and Natti Love Joys (roots/reggae) 7 p.m. May 16. All shows are free, unless otherwise noted. 

• Balsam Mountain Inn will have Malcolm Holcombe, David Olney and Dayna Kurtz as part of its Songwriters in the Round series at 6 p.m. May 9. $47 per person, which includes a buffet dinner. 828.456.9498

• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have The Robinson’s 7 p.m. May 8, The Ryan Cavanaugh Duo (blues/bluegrass) at 8 p.m. May 9 and Daphne & The Mystery Machines (Americana/roots) 7 p.m. May 16. or 828.246.0602.

• Canton Public Library will host Honey Hollar (bluegrass) at 3 p.m. May 17. Free. 828.648.2924. 

• Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Jay Brown (blues/roots) May 8, Dana & Susan Robinson (folk/Americana) May 9, Bob Zullo (singer-songwriter) May 15 and The Russ Wilson Quartet (jazz/swing) May 16. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or 

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave Magill (blues/folk) at 7 p.m. May 16. Free. 828.488.8898. 

• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Chris Minick (singer-songwriter) May 7 and 14, live music during The Whole Bloomin’ Thing festival starting at 11 a.m. May 9, Sarge’s Dogs & Suds May 14 and Jerry Gaff May 15. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 828.454.5664 or 

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night May 6 and 13, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo May 7 and 14. All events begin at 8 p.m. 

• Jackson County Public Library (Sylva) will host a community dance at 2:30 p.m. May 10. Circle and contra dances. Terry Stefan will be the caller, with live music by Out of the Woodwork. All styles will be taught and walked through beforehand. No previous experience needed. A community dinner will follow at 5 p.m. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

• The Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have The Tyler Denning Band (blues/pop) May 9 and Dustin Martin & The Ramblers (Americana/roots-rock) May 16. Both shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.526.8232 or 

• Maggie Valley Pavilion will host the Haywood Community Band at 6:30 p.m. May 17. Free. or 828.456.4880.

• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 7. 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. The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or learn old-time mountain songs. Free. 828.488.3030. 

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Positive Mental Attitude (jam/rock) May 9, Circus Mutt (rock/roots) May 15 and The Paper Crowns (gypsy folk/acoustic) May 16. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. 

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Humps & The Blackouts (rockabilly/hard rock) May 8, Nathan Kalish & The Last Callers (roots/Americana) May 9, Ray Vietti & Chris Blaylock (rockabilly/newgrass) May 15, The French Broads (blues/rock) May 16 and The Hooten Hallers (blues/hard rock) May 17. 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 16. All skill levels welcomed. 

• O’Malley’s Pub & Grill (Sylva) will have Mangus Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) May 8, Buchanan Boys (bluegrass/ Americana) May 9 and Laura Thurston (singer-songwriter) 2 p.m. May 10. All shows begin at 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.631.0554.

• Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have David Spangler May 8, Southridge May 9, Pam McCall May 15 and DJ Justin Moe May 16. 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. Saturday. 828.926.1288.

• The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have an Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. May 14. Signup starts at 6 p.m. Free. or 828.283.0079.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have Dave Desmelik (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. May 8 and ‘Round the Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) 8:30 p.m. May 15. All shows are free. 

• Tuck’s Tap & Grille (Cullowhee) will have 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. 

• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Nathan Kalish & The Last Callers (roots/Americana) May 8, Humps & The Blackouts (rockabilly/hard rock) May 9, DJ Side Three May 15 and The Hooten Hallers (blues/hard rock) May 18. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m.

• Waynesville Public Library will host Honey Hollar (bluegrass) at 3 p.m. May 16. Free. 828.452.5169.

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