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Monday Music Mash-Up; Our Listing of Live Music from Around the High Country for the Week of Nov. 17-23

By Madison Fisler Lewis

Nov. 17, 2014. Nothing says autumn like live music, and the High Country has enough live music events to keep you tapping your toes all season long. Each week, the Monday Music Mash-up is your go-to spot to find the latest news on concerts, shows and gigs all throughout the High Country. Check out the website every Monday for the latest lineup, and make a plan to enjoy some tunes this fall.


An evening of brass chamber music will be presented on Tuesday, Nov. 18 by Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music. The program begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free. A trombone quartet will perform Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Alan Menken’s “Under the Sea.” A trumpet, horn trombone and tuba ensemble will perform Bach’s “Fugue in E-Flat Major,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio” and Malcolm Arnold’s “Quintet.” Other compositions on the program are the fanfare from Paul Dukas’ “La Peri” and the first movement from Victor Ewald’s “Brass Quintet No. 1, Op. 5.”

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, Lost Province Brewing Company will host live music by Danny Whittington as part of the weekly “Cheap Date Night.” The night will also include a special screening of The Dead Poets Society starting at 8 p.m.

imgresOn Tuesday, Nov. 18, head out to the Bayou Smokehouse and Grill for the free Concerts in the Courtyard. Enjoy the music stylings of the Whip Daddys and a free wine tasting every single week! Featured wines are always 10 percent off with wine amnesty offered. The Bayou is located at 130 E. Main St. in Banner Elk. For more information call 828-898-8952.

The Watauga Community Band will hold their weekly rehearsal on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the rehearsal hall at the Broyhill Music Center. The band performs several concerts of various styles of music throughout the year, and is open to community members who play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. ASU and CCC students may receive class credit if desired.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Tillers come to The Jones House. On the other side of the Appalachian mountains, so many people moved to Cincinnati, that the city had a “Little Appalachia” neighborhood. Fiddlers, traveling blues musicians, and others from the Ohio River Valley brought their music to the city, and it bustled with musical traditions. The Tillers are the modern day bearers of the southern Ohio urban old-time string band tradition, and since releasing their debut album in 2008, they have been catching the ears of fans across the country.


The Hayes String Ensemble will perform works by Mozart, Hovhaness, Dohnányi  and  Fauré on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. in Appalachian State University’s Broyhill Music Center’s Recital Hall. Admission is free. Ensemble members are Amanda Gentile, violin, Audrey Sutton, viola, Nick Paolino, cello, and Rodney Ward, piano. The program includes “Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, K. 478” by Mozart, “String Trio, Op. 201” by Alan Hovhaness, “Serenade for String Trio, Op. 10” by Ernö V. Dohnányi and “Piano Quartet No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 15” by Gabriel Fauré.

Work by American jazz pianist and composer Horace Silver will be featured during the Appalachian Jazz Vocal Ensemble performance on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The event begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free. The ensemble is directed by Keith McCutchen from the Hayes School of Music.


Classical works written or transcribed for guitar will be performed by the Appalachian Guitar Symphony Thursday, Nov. 20. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free. Dr. Douglas James directs the 39-member symphony. The program includes the allegro from Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,” Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess,” “Tantra” by Carlos Rafael Rivera and selections from Alan Hirsh’s “Holiday Suite.” Featured soloists are Rory Parrish playing Astor Piazolla’s “Romantico,” Zac Richey on “Villanesca” from Enrique Granados’ “Spanish Dances” and R.J. Wuagneux on Joaquin Turina’s allegro from “Sonata, Op. 61.”


New York-based instrumental rock fusion band, TAUK, will play at The Local on Howard Street in Boone on Friday, Nov. 21. The upcoming TAUK show exemplifies The Local’s effort to change not only the name—it was “Char” until this summer—but also their image.

When the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra performs works by Schumann and Bruch on Friday, Nov. 21, they will be performing compositions each composer wrote for a beloved family member. The concert, featuring Robert Schumann’s “Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120” and Max Bruch’s “Concerto in E Minor for Clarinet and Viola, Op. 88,” begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free. Dr. Chung Park is the conductor.

Twig’s Restaurant in Blowing Rock hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night, from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. featuring great local and regional artists with no cover charge.

Guitarist Welson Tremura joins saxophonist Todd Wright and pianist Keith McCutchen for a concert titled “Brazilian Romance” on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. at Appalachian State University in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free. Tremura is a native of São Paulo, Brazil, and an associate professor in the School of Music and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida.

On Saturday, Nov. 22, the weekly Blues Porch Jam will take place at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace. This Blues-Centric Jam Session features the Blues but caters to the whims, interests, and favorite tunes of those present. Musicians, vocalists, foot-stompers, groupies – all are welcome to this unplugged (no amps) session each Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday, Nov. 23, the Green Park Inn’s Music on the Veranda will present The Harris Brothers starting at 5 p.m. For more information about this event, call 828-414-9230.

On Sunday, Nov. 23, Canyons in Blowing Rock will host the weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch with Todd Wright. Starting at 11 a.m., the event will feature live jazz music at Canyons located at 8960 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information about this event, call 828-295-7661.

Know of a concert that we missed? Shoot us an email at Madison@highcountrypress.com and tell us all about it!