Compiled by Paul T. Choate
Feb. 1, 2013. This weekend has a variety of things to do for anybody in the High Country. Whether you are looking for something to relieve the week’s stress or a wild night on the town, the High Country has something to offer that will trigger that interest. There are so many things to look forward to as the weekend quickly approaches.
On Friday, Feb. 1, downtown Boone will be taken over by the monthly First Friday Art Crawl. Like always, this month’s crawl will feature food, drinks and live music with work and exhibitions from local artists. And as usual, everyone is invited to come out and enjoy some Friday night fun. Wear your big coats and long johns though, the temperature is going to be in the teens this evening with upwards of 20+ mph winds.
Participating businesses include (in alphabetical order):
641 RPM – 691 W. King St
Anna Banana’s – 641 W. King St.
Antiques on Howard – 199 Howard St. #1
Art of Oil – 819 W. King St.
Artwalk – 611 W. King St.
Beadbox & Grateful Grounds – 585 W. King St.
Boone Saloon – 489 W. King St.
Capones’s Pizza & Bar – 454 W. King St.
Cha Da Thai – 173 Howard St.
Char Modern American Restaurant – 179 Howard St.
Doe Ridge Pottery – 585 D W. King St.
Footsloggers – 139 S. Depot St.
Gladiola Girls – 549 W. King St.
Glug Beer & Wine – 444 W. King St.
Hands Gallery – 543 W. King St.
Lucky Penny – 693 W. King St.
Macado’s – 539 W. King St.
Mast General Store – 630 W. King St.
Open Door – 703 W. King St.
Proper Restaurant – 142 S. Water St.
Shear Shakti – 693 W. King St.
Turchin Center for the Visual Arts – 423 W. King St.
Vidalia’s Restaurant & Wine Bar – 831 W. King St.
Watauga Arts Council – 783 W. King St.
First Birthday Party at Low Bar with Redleg Husky, Friday
One of Boone’s newest bars, Low Bar, located on the second floor of Espresso News on Howard Street, is celebrating it’s first birthday on Friday, Feb. 1. There will be lots of new beers on the beer list, a new wine list, tons of desserts and live Appalachain-themed music by Redleg Husky, a two-member group of Appalachian Music graduate students at ASU.
Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. For more info, call 828-264-8850.
Queen of Spades Jewelry Show, Friday
As part of Art Crawl this evening, Lucky Penny on King Street will be hosting the Queen of Spades Jewelry Show. To view some of the featured artists pieces, click here.
Lucky Penny is located at 693 W. King St.
Corporate Fandango at Legends, Friday
Corporate Fandango is a ska band with its members stretched all over North Carolina. The have played Boone numerous times and will take the stage at Legends on Friday night at 9 p.m.
Tickets are $3 for ASU students in advance, $5 for public and at the door. It is a BYOB show for those 21 and older.
For more information, visit facebook.com/corporatefandango.
Sunny Ledfurd at Canyons, Friday
From Ledfurd’s bio: “If there has ever been a way to describe Sunny Ledfurd, it has got to be his ability to defy categorization. Born in Chattanooga TN and growing up in Gaston County NC, he taught himself guitar at age 15. He knew then that playing the guitar was how he would make a living. Inspired by Guns n Roses, Snoop Dog & David Allan Coe among many, Sunny’s songs continually mix genres and push the envelope. “I’ve always liked artists that you can tell they have something to say. They’re not just singing some words ’cause it sounds cool.” Never one to shy away from a good time… drinking and women are involved in much of the music. With songs like ‘I Don’t Remember Last Night’, ‘Pontoon Boat’, ‘Adderral’, and ‘Myrtle Beach’, Sunny takes you through life in the south as he sees it and lives it.”
The show kicks off at 10 p.m. and there will be a $10 cover charge. For more information, call 828-295-7661.
The annual Nesquik Bathing Beauty competition at Beech Mountain Resort will be held this Saturday, Feb. 2, in conjunction with kicking off the start of College Week discounts. The hybrid swimsuit and skiing/snowboarding contest is always an area favorite each winter.
And Bathing Beauty is not the only thing going on up at Beech on Saturday either. The resort will be hosting bands Charlotte-based Pradigy GT and Johnson City-based Demon Waffle on Saturday evening with no cover charge.
College Week continues through Feb. 10. College students receive the group rate on tickets by showing their college ID in the Group Sales office. There will be live music, competitions and lots of fun throughout the week.
For more information on Bathing Beauty or any of the College Week festivities, visit beechmountainresort.com or call 828-387-2011.
Red Bull ThingamaJIB at App Ski Mountain, Saturday
The Red Bull ThingamaJIB will return to the Appalachian Ski Mountain Terrain Park for a second year on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Red Bull ThingamaJIB trick skiing and snowboarding contest is not held anywhere else in the country besides App Ski Mountain, so attendees on Saturday are in for a treat.
Some of the region’s best terrain park skiers and snowboarders are expected to be on hand for the event.
This year will mark the first year the event is held at night, and Drew Stanley, marketing director, said he thinks that will make it even more interesting and give the terrain park that “city streets” feel under the lights.
Registration is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and the competition is free to enter. Stanley said there will be a jam session held starting at 6 p.m. that will last about 90 minutes, after which the best six or so (give or take) in skiing and snowboarding will be selected to compete in the final round.
Red Bull is offering a $400 cash prize for first place in both skiing and snowboarding. Competitors will be judged on style, difficulty of their tricks and proficiency in landing all tricks.
Spectators are highly encouraged to come out to watch the event and free spectator tickets will be issued at registration and through the main office.
Appalachian Ski Mountain is located at 940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock. For more information, visit appskimtn.com.
Boss Hawg at Sugar Mountain, Saturday
The acoustic sounds of North Carolina bluegrass will fill the air at Sugar Mountain Resort on Saturday afternoon when Boss Hawg takes the stage from 4 to 6 p.m.
For more information, visit skisugar.com.
Soul Benefactor at Boone Saloon, Saturday
This Saturday, Feb. 2, Soul Benefactor will return to the friendly confines of Boone Saloon for the 4th annual Winter Soul Spectacular! This year’s show will feature a game show set. They will spin the Wheel-O-Soul and see where the night takes us. Yes indeed, the one and only Pete Herbert will emcee and host, bringing contestants on stage for a chance to win awesome prizes. If you’re a Facebooker, check out our event page here.
The show will start at 10:00 p.m. The cover is $8 at the door. You must be 21 to enter (no exceptions).
Grass Widow at Espresso News, Saturday
“The San Fran phenom Grass Widow,” as the New Yorker dubs this post-punk band, “inspires as its pastoral harmonies float effortlessly over trellises of spindly guitars.”
The show kicks off at 9 p.m. on Saturday night. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 the night of the show. For more information, call 828-264-8850.
The Major Sevens at Murphy’s, Saturday
The Major Sevens are a bluegrass band based right here in the High Country hailing from Boone. They will be taking the stage at Murphy’s on King Street at 10 p.m. on Saturday night.
Tickets are $5 and attendees must be 21 or older to attend.
To view a video of The Major Sevens, click here.
ASU women’s basketball vs. Elon, Saturday
Appalachian State University women’s basketball will match up against Southern Conference rival Elon University at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (12-5, 6-3 SoCon) are coming off a 64-62 loss at Samford on Monday, while the Phoenix (11-8, 8-2) travel to Boone after a 70-59 victory at Georgia Southern.
ASU men’s basketball vs. Western Carolina, Saturday
Appalachian State University men’s basketball will square off against Southern Conference archrival Western Carolina at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (8-12, 5-4 SoCon) are coming off a 72-59 loss at College of Charleston on Wednesday while the Catamounts (8-13, 5-4) enter the contest on a slide, having lost 4 of their last five games.
Family Story Time at the Watauga County Public Library, Saturday
Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Watauga County Public Library will host a family story time event. The event is free to the public.
Come over to Peabody’s on Saturday evening at 5 p.m. and enjoy tasting some medium to high-end wines. Different importers and wineries are featured each week. The cover charge for the tasting is $5.
Sunday Jazz Brunch at Canyons, Sunday
Enjoy a Sunday brunch at Canyon’s in Blowing Rock. Todd Wright, the ambassador of jazz for Western North Carolina, and friends will provide the music.
Be sure to check out our listings for cinema showtimes and movie trailers at the Regal Boone Cinema 7, too! It’s the only place where you can see ALL the trailers and showtimes for every movie playing in Boone all on one page!
Click to www.hcpress.com/movie-reviews to view the trailers for what’s playing at the movie theater this weekend.
Editor’s note: Want your event to be added to our Weekend Roundup next time? Email Paul at [email protected].