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Nationally-Renowned Folk Musician John McCutcheon Comes to the Jones House May 20

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Apr. 27, 2017. The Jones House will continue its star-studded indoor concert series on Saturday, May 20 with nationally-renowned folk musician John McCutcheon. McCutcheon, also highly respected as a storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, will perform at the Jones House in support of his latest album, Trolling for Dreams. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo by Irene Young

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Banner Elk’s Todd Bush Composes All-Original Indian Score for Upcoming World Premier

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Apr. 20, 2017. Considering that the ASU Department of Theatre and Dance’s upcoming production of Flight from the Mahabharath is based around an ancient Indian epic, audience members might not realize that the play’s musical compositions also have roots in the High Country. Banner Elk’s Todd Bush, a lifelong student of Indian music and culture, has worked alongside of the play’s cast to create all-original score for the play’s world premier on Wednesday, April 26 at the Valborg Theater on ASU’s campus. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Todd Bush

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Dr. Bacon Returns to Boone for One Night Only with Arson Daily

April. 18, 2015. This year Earth Day marks the long awaited return of Dr. Bacon to the High Country. The group will be coming back to Boone this Saturday by for a one night stand at The Local. Arson Daily, another local favorite will kick off the night. Doors open at 9 p.m. to anyone over 21 with a mind to dance and 5 bucks for the cover. By Cramer Lewis

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Mary Frances’ Solo Release, A New Perspective Reveals Another Side of Mama Funk

April. 6, 2017. Mary Frances is best known in Boone as “mama funk.” Keyboardist and vocalist of Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Frances is also an alumna of the Hayes School of Music at ASU. With 5 Booty Band records and a Grammy winning collaboration with Secret Agent 23 Skidoo under her belt, Frances has now released her first solo record, A New Perspective. By Cramer Lewis

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Reckless Arts to Host Dave Brewer’s Blues Benders for Blues Dance Thursday on March 30

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Mar. 21, 2017. Feeling groovy? Dave Brewer’s Blues Benders will lead a night of blues dancing on Thursday, March 30 at Reckless Arts on West King Street in Boone, marking the first night of live music for the venue’s Blues Dance Thursday series. The event will kick off with a beginner lesson at 8 p.m. with the band taking the stage at 9 p.m. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of the Boone Unified Dance Scene

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Appalachian State University’s Steely Pan Steel Band to Perform March 26 in the Schaefer Center

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March 16, 2017. Under Byron Hedgepeth’s direction, the Steely Pan Steel Band of Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music will perform at 3 p.m. March 26 in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts on campus. Admission is free. The program will boast a wide range of styles, from rock to opera. It will consist of music originally written or arranged for steel band. Hedgepeth is an adjunct instructor of percussion at Appalachian.

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ASU Alumnus and Former Basketball Player Josh Hunter Likely Frontrunner on NBC’s The Voice

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Mar. 2, 2017. Appalachian State University alumnus and former basketball player Josh Hunter made an appearance on the season premier of NBC’s hit show The Voice on Monday. The 29-year-old Albany, GA native — going by the stage name JChosen — has already convinced some fans and critics that he may be the frontrunner for the show’s 12th season. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of heavy.com

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Beech Mountain Brings the ’80s to the High Country with Sixth Annual Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend Feb. 23-26


Feb. 21, 2017. It’s almost time for one of the most anticipated weekends in the High Country! Beech Mountain will host its annual Totally ’80s Retro Ski Weekend starting this Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 26. Like each year, the event will take crowds from the High Country and beyond to an earlier, neon-dominated era for the weekend of skiing and entertainment. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie and Beech Mountain Resort

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Feb. 25 at the Schaefer Center: Lake Street Dive Live in NC

Feb. 16, 2017. The red hot jazz pop four piece known as Lake Street Dive will be making their only stop in NC Saturday night Feb. 25 at the Schaefer Center at Appalachian State here in Boone. Hot on the heels of their third studio release, this group out of Boston has sold out every show so far during their current tour, which spans the United States. With their highly anticipated appearance at the Schaefer Center fast approaching, fans should expect this show to sell out as well. By Cramer Lewis

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Piney Woods Boys at Jones House in Boone This Saturday, Feb 18

Feb. 14, 2017. The Piney Woods Boys play southern stringband music that arose before the labels of “old-time” and “bluegrass” were used to differentiate styles of playing. This was the sound that caught the ear of Jim Collier, Matt Haney, and Wayne Martin beginning in the 1960s and 70s and led them on journeys of performing, teaching, and documenting this music.

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Appalachian State’s Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention To Take Place This Weekend, Feb. 2-4

Feb. 2, 2017. The Appalachian Heritage Council is presenting the ninth annual Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention the weekend of February 2-4th, 2017 in the Appalachian State University Plemmons Student Union. This three-day convention celebrates the rich musical and cultural history of Appalachia and will offer workshops, a handmade market, music competitions, luthiers gathering, and a concert to end the festivities.

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BIG Something coming to the Local Feb. 11, part of album release tour.

Jan. 26, 2017. In a market saturated with genre defiance, BIG something sidestep obscurity in the jam band milieu by way of their outrageous chops, genuine song writing, and nonstop gritty groove making. BIG something has really got something big for every sort of music fan without making any sacrifices to their sound. By Cramer Lewis

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Catch The Krüger Brothers in Concert at Heritage Hall Theatre Nov. 12, Frosty Nov. 19

Nov. 10, 2016. Mountain City’s historic Heritage Hall Theatre is gearing up for a set of holiday season performances by nationally recognized artists that will allow you to experience art at new heights this year in the mountains of east Tennessee. First up, check out High Country’s favorite duo, The Krüger Brothers, on Saturday, Nov. 12. One week later, The Barter Players will take the stage to perform “Frosty,” a Catherine Bush adaptation sponsored by the JC Community Foundation.

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