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This Weekend at AASF: David Grisman Sextet, The Beach Boys, Emerging Artists Competition

Slated for you this weekend at An Appalachian Summer Festival are a creative musical legend with special guests, an iconic pop group and public performances of up-and-coming young artists.

David Grisman Sextet

David Grisman Sextet featuring special guests: Bryan Sutton Band — Friday, July 17
8 p.m. at the Schaefer Center: 
David Grisman is a long-time legend on the mandolin and a renowned innovator in acoustic musical composition. Dubbed “Dawg” by cherished friend Jerry Garcia, Grisman collaborated with the Grateful Dead on “American Beauty” and later formed Old & in the Way with Garcia. Grisman is known to combine jazz, folk, bluegrass and modern jazz-fusion to create what he calls “Dawg music.” The Bryan Sutton Band, led by sought after guitarist Bryan Sutton with David Grisman’s son, Sam Grisman, will open for David and his sextet.

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys — Saturday, July 18
8 p.m. at the Holmes Convocation Center: For more than 50 years the Beach Boys’ music has shaped rock and pop culture around the world. After forming in 1951 as a 5-piece American rock band, the group rivaled the British Invasion with their unique vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting lifestyle on the California coast. More than 80 of their songs have charted worldwide, including popular hit singles “Good Vibrations,” “Surfin U.S.A.” and “California Girls.” The band is comprised of founding member Mike Love, veteran Bruce Johnston, Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill of The Cowsills and Scott Totten.

Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young & Emerging Artists — Sunday, July 19Rosen_Schaffel_Competition_CMYK
1 p.m. at the Schaefer Center: In partnership with the Hayes School of Music, the festival proudly presents the fifth season of the Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists. On Sunday, seven selected finalists will take the stage in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts to compete in a public performance. Jurors will choose three top prizewinners and the audience will select the Audience Choice Award Winner. In addition to a cash prize, the first-prize winner will receive the opportunity to return during the 2016 season of An Appalachian Summer Festival to perform with conductor Gerard Schwarz and the Eastern Festival Orchestra.



With ticket prices ranging from $5-$50, as well as several free events, the festival offers unique opportunities for residents and visitors to create arts experiences suited to their individual artistic tastes and budgets. To purchase tickets, call or visit the Schaefer Center box office at 800-841-2787 or 828-262-4046. Tickets can also be purchased online at appsummer.org.


Next week:

Weicholz Global Film Series: “Twenty Feet from Stardom”, July 22

Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton, July 23

In/Visible Theatre: “Without Words”, July 24-25

Postmodern Jukebox, July 31