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
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
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
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
Mar. 30, 2017. The building that now houses local favorite Café Portofino has seen its fair share of changes over the years. Formerly the original maintenance station for the historic Tweetsie Railroad, the over-century-old building is now the site of an exciting new era in the history of Café Portofino. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of Ken Ketchie and Olga Esterson
March 23, 2017. America’s top roots music festival MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 27-30, 2017, is pleased to announce the return of two well-known, innovative Saturday night events for late night festival revelers.
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
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.
March 14, 2017. The Southern Appalachian region is well-known for strong old-time and bluegrass fiddling traditions. Southern Louisiana has a strong fiddling culture of its own that helps drive Cajun music. These traditions come together at the Jones House on Sunday, March 26, when Joel Savoy and Kelli Jones-Savoy present Cajun fiddle workshops and an evening house-concert performance.
Feb. 28, 2017. Legends of the High Country’s old-time string band scene The Corklickers will take the stage at the Jones House in Boone on Saturday, March 11. The band’s performance will be the next installment of the Jones House’s winter indoor concerts series. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of The Corklickers and Jones House
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
March 2, 2017. The quartet of acclaimed jazz saxophonist/composer Miguel Zenón will perform at 8 p.m. March 7 in support of “Típico,” their new album, in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University. The concert is a presentation of Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music.
Feb. 28, 2017. MerleFest, presented by Window World and scheduled for April 27-30, 2017, is bringing two bluegrass legends to the 30th celebration – banjo master Béla Fleck and The Earls of Leicester featuring Jerry Douglas, a supergroup homage to Flatt & Scruggs made up of several of bluegrass’s finest musicians. Both will be playing on Saturday.
Feb. 21, 2017. New Orleans might be pretty far away, but that won’t stop the High Country from celebrating Mardi Gras this year! The Bayou Smokehouse & Grill in Banner Elk will throw its annual Mardi Gras party this Saturday, February 25. The day will be full of giveaways, specials, music and Mardi Gras spirit. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Winston Ammann and Ken Ketchie
Feb. 23, 2017. Eclectic live band Pressley & The Shiners will take the stage at Café Portofino for their debut performance this Saturday, February 25. Having just recently formed, the four-piece band is looking forward to the energy that will fill the venue on Saturday. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of Pressley & The Shiners Facebook Page
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
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
Feb. 16, 2017. Seven-piece band Vanilla Envelope will take the stage at Black Cat Burrito this Saturday, February 18 to show off its unique take on funk music. The band, originally formed to complete a project in the music school at ASU, has now become a tight-knit ensemble that grooves with a highlight on its horn section. By Bailey Faulkner
Feb. 16, 2017.Good news for TApp Room goers: the local favorite recently hosted the grand opening of The Annex, the restaurant’s new entertainment wing housed in the former Klondike building. Rolling with momentum from its new expansion, TApp is looking forward to kicking off a new chapter in Boone’s music and entertainment scene. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie
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.
Feb. 8, 2017. If you blinked on Friday, you may have missed your chance to check out a first for the High Country. Rap and hip-hop artist Lil Wayne will come to Boone on Wednesday, April 12 to perform for a sold-out crowd at the Holmes Convocation Center. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of APPS Facebook page
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.
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
Nov. 14, 2016.Luke Combs returns to Legends this Wednesday as a hot new country sensation. Combs’s homecoming will be his second sold out reception at Legends since the release of his break out single “Hurricane” in the summer of 2015.By Cramer Lewis
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.