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Summer In High Country Kicks Off With Live Music – Indoor and Outside – During Memorial Day Weekend

By Erika Giovanetti

May 23, 2013. If you’ve never experienced a Boone summer night before, this weekend presents plenty of opportunities for both locals and visitors to tear it up with live bands in the High Country.

Local band, From Bears, performs at Galileo's this Saturday, May 24.
Local band, From Bears, performs at Galileo’s this Saturday, May 24.

Locally, a few bars feature live music this weekend. Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub features rock band Woody Wood and the Ends Friday, May 24, and WAVE LYNX, of the psychedelic funky rock genre, plays Saturday, May 25. Both shows have a cover of $5 and you must be 21 after 10 p.m.

Black Cat Burrito holds its monthly live music show on Friday night, featuring Dream Scene, Man’s Trash, Hive Master, and Baby Habit. These bands can be classified as chill pop and R&B, and will also feature noise performances. There is a $5 cover, and no age limit is specified.

Fairly new to Boone’s bar scene is Raven’s Tavern, which features Americana musician Keith Stroud on Friday night from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and country band, Blue Country, on Saturday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Both shows are free and allow patrons of any age.

Psychadellic post-punk mountain rock band, From Bears, is playing with Dr. Bacon, an Appalachian “soul-grass” band, at Galileo’s on Saturday night. The show begins at 10 p.m., with a cover of $3 for those 21 and up and $5 for underage patrons.

“For the first time, we will be playing our entire album, which we just finished writing. If you like rock, post punk, or psychadellic music, you won’t be disappointed,” said From Bears drummer, Matt Nemeth.

This Friday marks the first live show of the Music in the Valle 2013 Concert Series held at Valle Crucis Community Park. Country and folk band, Folk and Dagger, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. The event is free, but Caroline Gandy of the Valle Crucis Community Park recommends a $5 donation toward the upkeep of the park. Just bring chairs or a picnic blanket to enjoy this live outdoor show.

If you want to play in your own live show, check out Town Tavern for Karaoke on Saturday night from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. This event is 21 and up.

To wrap up your weekend festivities, Char or Canyons both feature live bands during brunch. Char features Dr. Bacon, from Saturday night at Galileo’s, Sunday morning from noon to 3 p.m. without a cover. Canyons, of Blowing Rock, features Todd Wright & Friends for the weekly Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., which is also free to the public.