1) Benefit Concert for Gregory Walker on July 26
A benefit concert featuring Cecil Gurganus and Strictly Strings will be hosted for the Charlie Walker family at Green Valley School on Sunday, July 26 from 4-6 p.m. The event is being sponsored by Thrivent Financial and Bethany Lutheran Church and will also feature a bake sale and a silent auction. The Walkers’ son, Gregory, has had complications due to a rare disease called Nomid. Lois and Charlie have missed work and have large medical bills. Come and help them out!
2) Women’s Fund Ladies Night at The Local Tonight
The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge invites you to stop by The Local restaurant, 179 Howard St. in downtown Boone, between 5:15-7 p.m. on the second Monday of every month for Ladies’ Night to get to know women helping women in the High Country.
3) Meade Richter’s Going Away Concert
Join Meade Richter’s Going Away to Norway Extravaganza Jam at Boone Bagelry’s Water Wheel Cafe on N.C. Highway 105 in Boone starting at 5:30 p.m. on July 16. Enjoy live entertainment from the Honey Chasers with Tony Tone, Melissa Reaves, Strictly Strings and the Laurel Creek String Band. Beverages provided by Appalachian Mountain Brewery. Proceeds will fund local fiddler Meade Richter’s adventure to Norway and mission to spread the traditional music found in the Boone area as he completes a masters in music at NMH. Come on down for great food, eclectic music, delicious drinks and a hellacious shindig!
4) Summer Stock and Investing Seminar with Roger Reynolds on Saturday
Join Roger Reynolds for a workshop on investing entitled “Trading for a Living,” which will include: how to find tops and bottoms, how and when to sell short and more exciting and new information. The summer stock and investing seminar will take place in the meeting room at the Watauga County Public Library, 140 Queen Street in downtown Boone, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 18. Call 828-264-8784 ext. 2 to reserve your seat.
5) Weekly Events at Lost Province Brewing Co.
Thursday July 16
$3.00 Thursday-$3.00 pints on all Lost Province brewed beers (except high gravity)
8pm-Closing Live Music: Andy Ferrell. Currently emerging with his debut EP whose title, I Was Born, boldly asserts his presence as a compelling new voice on the traditional American roots music scene, Andy Ferrell grew up in the small Blue Ridge Mountain town of Boone, North Carolina, not far from the birthplace and home of his greatest musical influence, bluegrass/country/folk music legend Doc Watson.
Friday July 17
8pm-Closing Live Music: The Hot Club of Lenoir. The Hot Club of Lenoir (HCOL) features some of the best musicians the area has to offer. Steeped in the Americana tradition mixed with Manouche Swing flavors and modern styles, the HCOL is a family friendly musical group of amazing talent.
Saturday July 18
8pm-Closing Live Music: Dave Brewer. Originally from Clemmons, NC, David Brewer has called the High Country home since 2000. Beginning during his days as a student at Caldwell Community College and ASU, Brewer quickly became a fixture on the local music scene, first with Allman and Dead-friendly outfit Six Foot Groove, and later with alt. country institution Possum Jenkins and soul/classic rock purveyors Soul Benefactor. During the last few years, Dave Brewer has served as a member of or gigged with The Worthless Son-In-Laws, The King Bees, The Moravian Buns, The Junaluska Gospel Choir (at Boone’s Mennonite Brethren Church) and its secular incarnation, Dave Brewer’s Do Right Band and The George Jonestown Massacre (a.k.a. The Brown Eyed Handsome Band. Brewer has also been seen most recently playing with super fun kids band Big Bang Boom featuring Chuck Folds and Steve Williard.
Sunday July 19
Lost Province Sunday: Residents of “The Lost Province” (Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Alleghany) receive 10% off food with verification of residency.
6pm-8pm Family Night Live Music: Ashton and Kennedy. With dynamic live performances, crafty songwriting, and a sound defined by their exceptional harmonies, country duo Ashton & Kennedy has quickly built a strong reputation amongst their fans. Partners Ashton Lee and Kennedy Fitzsimmons met while attending Appalachian State University in January of 2014. They had an instant connection, writing their first song together, “I’ll Try Again With You”, the very first time they met. Both solo artists at the time, the two collaborated on Kennedy’s solo EP, where Ashton contributed as a co-writer, studio musician, and featured artist. It was during this time that the two recognized they had something special and decided to combine their careers to reach new heights in their music. A wide variety of shared musical influences have lead the duo to create their own unique take on country music. With the pair sharing lead and harmony vocal roles, Ashton’s tasteful lead guitar playing, and Kennedy’s captivating stage presence, the duo puts on a memorable live performance in both acoustic and full-band settings.