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Kora master to play Canton
Sean Gaskell will host a performance of the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed West African harp, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 22, at the Canton Public Library.
Gaskell will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions. The Kora roots stretch back to the mid-1700s and feature traditional songs that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire.
Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012. His primary teachers were Moriba Kuyateh and Malamini Jobarteh. He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits.
This program is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored the Friends of the Library and the Haywood County Arts Council.
McLaughlin to perform at Cataloochee Ranch
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Pat McLaughlin and his son, Jamie McLaughlin, will make their debut appearance at Cataloochee Ranch on Friday, May 20, in Maggie Valley.
McLaughlin is well known to music industry insiders as one of Nashville’s best rhythm guitarists and one of its more eclectic songwriters. He even played a bit of mandolin with John Prine, as well as opening for Prine on the road. He’s been writing and performing since the early 1970s, when he began learning his craft at open mic sessions and street performances in San Francisco before finding his musical home in the late 1970s in Nashville.
A limited number of seats for this rare performance at Cataloochee Ranch are available, and reservations are required. The show is included in the regular dinner price of $34.95, with show-only tickets for $25. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., with dinner starting at 7 p.m., followed by the performance at 8:30 p.m.
For more information on the show or to reserve tickets, please call Cataloochee Ranch at 828.926.1401 or click on www.cataloocheeranch.com.
Sylva library hosts country, blues act
Karen “Sugar” Barnes and Dave Magill will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 26, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.
Barnes was born in Washington D.C., the daughter of lap-steel player, Three-Finger Dean Young. It was Young who first introduced her to a Harmony guitar and from that point, Barnes focused on learning music and theater.
She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, taught theater, and performed in other parts of the state. In 1999, Barnes began researching and performing traditional women’s blues. She also learned to play a single-string slide guitar. Barnes has been a featured musician at MerleFest and many local festivals including.
Magill began his musical career playing folk music in Boston coffeehouses. He played in several New England bands before heading to Austin, Texas in 1973. For the next 25 years he traveled the Southwest performing classical and contemporary country music on bass, guitar, and piano. Magill now divides his time between engineering and being resident studio musician at the Music Room in Webster.
This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, please call the library at 828.586.2016.
‘Songwriters’ welcomes Mascitti, McLaughlin and Camp
The “Songwriters in the Round” series will continue with Lauren Mascitti, Pat McLaughlin and Shawn Camp at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at the Balsam Mountain Inn.
The Balsam Mountain Inn began the “Songwriters in the Round” series 15 years ago and modeled it after similar performances at Nashville’s Bluebird Café. Balsam’s performers are most often the Nashville-area songwriters who pen lyrics performed by country music stars. Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs.
A buffet dinner is included in the $49 ticket price, and seating begins at 6 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation click on www.balsammountaininn.net or call 828.456.9498.
Stecoah bluegrass festival
The Heritage Bluegrass Music Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 21, 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 and Jonah Riddle & The Carolina Express. There will also be jam sessions with Larry Barnett. Arts, crafts and food vendors onsite. The Schoolhouse Café will be open all day.
The music competition is co-produced by Jackson County 4-H and Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.
Rascal Flatts to play Harrah’s
Renowned country group Rascal Flatts will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Harrah’s Cherokee.
Since its debut in 2000, the band has sold over 22.5 million albums, 28 million digital downloads, and delivered 15 number one singles. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded Country group of the past decade, earning over 40 trophies from the ACAs, ACMs, AMAs, CMAs, People’s Choice Awards, and more.
‘Mouth of the South’ returns to Wineseller
The Russ Wilson Trio will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.
Known as the “Mouth of the South,” Wilson is one of the most renowned jazz, swing and gypsy jazz singers in Southern Appalachia. Tickets are $34.99 per person, which includes a five-course dinner.
828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
• Andrews Brewing Company will host Heidi Holton (blues/folk) 6 p.m. May 20, Gold Rose (Americana/folk) 7 p.m. May 21, Andrew Chastain (singer/songwriter) 6 p.m. May 27 and Blue Review 7 p.m. May 28. 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 Pierce Edens (Americana/alt-country) 8 p.m. May 21. 828.246.0602 or www.bwbrewing.com.
• The City Lights Café (Sylva) will host Eric & Todd at 7 p.m. May 21. 828.587.2233. www.citylightscafe.com.
• The Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will host Joe Cruz (piano/pop) May 20 and 28, and James Hammel (Americana) May 27, which are each free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or www.classicwineseller.com.
• The Cut Cocktail Lounge (Sylva) will host the “Honky Tonk Stud” contest with The Jon Hatchett Band at 8 p.m. May 21. 828.631.4795.
• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Jimi McKenzie (singer-songwriter) 6 p.m. May 20, Sandra Hess (singer-songwriter) 7 p.m. May 27 and The Maggie Valley Band (Americana) 8 p.m. May 28. All shows are free. 828.454.5664 or www.froglevelbrewing.com.
• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night May 18 and 25, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo May 19 and 26. All events begin at 8 p.m. www.innovation-brewing.com.
• The Iotla Baptist Church (Franklin) will host The Chuck Wagon Gang (gospel) at 7 p.m. May 19. 828.524.7167.
• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host a “Craft Beer Week” party with Porch 40 (funk/rock) and PMA (reggae/rock) at May 21 and The Remnants (rock) May 28. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. www.lazyhikerbrewing.com.
• Marianna Black Library (Bryson City) will hold community music jam from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 19. Free. 828.488.3030.
• Nantahala Brewing Company (Bryson City) will host Ogya World Music Band on May 20, The Stump Mutts (alternative/rock) May 21, Shane Meade & The Sound (folk/rock) May 27 and The Mike Rhodes Fellowship (Americana) May 28. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.nantahalabrewing.com.
• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will host Humps & The Blackouts (psychobilly) and Rickett Pass (psychobilly) May 20, The Colby Deitz Band (Americana) May 21, Fat Cheek Kat (funk/rock) May 27 and My Brother Bear (folk/rock) May 28. 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 21.
• The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will host Dear Brother (bluegrass) May 20, Twelfth Fret (Americana) May 21, Gary Allan (singer-songwriter) and Nick Prestia (singer-songwriter) May 28. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. www.rathskellerfranklin.com.
• Sagebrush Steakhouse (Canton) will host Tonology (rock/jam) May 24 and Smokerise (rock/acoustic) May 31. 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. 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 24. 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 Kevin Fuller (Americana/folk) May 20 and Redleg Husky (Americana) May 27. Both shows are free and at 9 p.m. 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.
• Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host DJ Night May 20, Tony LaFalce (singer-songwriter) May 21, My Brother Bear (folk/rock) May 27 and Fat Cheek Kat (funk/rock) May 28. All shows begin at 9 p.m. 828.456.4750.