July 1, 2016.The community of Todd will hold the third night of its summer concert series on Saturday, July 2 at 6 p.m. Come out to see musician Wayne Henderson & Friends continue the free, outdoor music fun this weekend in Cook Memorial Park! The Todd Community Preservation Organization, a nonprofit group that maintains the area’s natural resources and cultural heritage, hosts the free concert series each summer, which takes place rain or shine in one of two local parks that the TCPO manages.
June 27, 2016. .The Lucky Strikes Orchestra and Analog Poets perform at the Jones House Friday, continuing the 2016 Summer Concerts at the Jones House series, starting at 5:00 p.m. The Analog Poets will follow, featuring the melodic and inventive guitar playing of Dustin Hofsess, drumming and percussion of Jonathan Priest, and bass playing of Ben McPherron.
June 17. 2016. Tickets are on sale for the High Country’s most exciting summertime series of arts programming. Get yours today, because the fun begins next week with a vast array of shows you don’t want to miss scheduled throughout the month of July.
June 20, 2016. The 92nd annual Singing on the Mountain gospel music festival comes to Grandfather Mountain in Linville Sunday, June 26, featuring a sermon by Andrew Greer and musical performances by the Primitive Quartet, Rick Webb Family, Michael Combs, the Cockman Family, Amantha Mill, Patricia Smith, The Parsons and Smokey Mountain Reunion.
/>June 24, 2016.The Watauga County Arts Council, at their recent 2nd Saturday Celebration of the Arts, presented two Vocal Music Scholarship Awards to two talented young women from Watauga County, Hope Langston and Rachel Sabo-Hedges. The Watauga County Arts Council is very pleased to be able to honor these two rising young talents with these awards. Funding for the Vocal Music Scholarship Program comes from an annual event called “Celebrate Singing” each fall. Additional funding for the Vocal Music Scholarship Program comes from private donations.
June 20, 2016. The Summer Concerts at the Jones House series continues Friday at 5 p.m with three song-writer acts: The Spice Creek Ramblers, Alexa Rose, and The Everydays.
June 7, 2016. Bring your folding chairs and a donation to support the Hospitality House, a local nonprofit crisis agency that works to combat poverty and homelessness in seven counties. There is no cost for admission, although BRMC and event sponsors hope to see a lot of support for the HH through contributions. By Jessica Isaacs.
Apr. 29, 2016. Don’t miss your chance to support young Appalachian musicians by celebrating the life and music of Prince on Tuesday, May 3 at The Local. Local funk-rock fusion band Bafoodus will raise money for the Boone chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians with a night of exclusively Prince covers. By Bailey Faulkner
Apr. 29, 2016. Exciting news for High Country music lovers — Black Cat Burrito will host an album release party for local rock band Arson Daily on Friday, May 6. The Boone favorites will be joined by opening act The Remarks, another up-and-coming local band. By Bailey Faulkner
Apr. 29, 2016. Celebrate the spring season with the Watauga Community Band this Sunday, May 1 at the Watauga High School auditorium. The band will start the afternoon of music at 3 p.m. By Bailey Faulkner
Apr. 28, 2016. Flowers are blossoming and so is Boone! The bi-annual Boone in Blossom benefit festival begins tomorrow at noon at the Sugar Hollow Retreat Center in Butler, Tennessee. This year, the festival will be held from April 29 to May 1. By Bailey Faulkner
Apr. 25, 2016. I can’t say that I was surprised to see Mipso’s huge crowd when I walked through the doors at Legends. Like the band’s August show at the venue, fans of the “renegade traditionalists” excitedly packed the floor. This time, fans had the pleasure of seeing folky opening act Kate Rhudy before Mipso took the stage. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos Courtesy of Logan Hall
Apr. 25, 2016. Don’t miss out on one of the most exciting events at MerleFest this Friday! Blowing Rock’s own Meris Gantt of local band Handlebar Betty will compete against musicians from around the country in the finals of The Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of Paul Gantt
Apr. 22, 2016. Walking through the doors and seeing the band’s sound and light equipment, I knew that The Mantras were about to kick off an unforgettable night of music. Having never seen the band live, I couldn’t wait for Greensboro’s most exciting “jam machine” to take the stage. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Kendall Bailey Atwater
April 19, 2016. Spring is in the air in the High Country. That can mean only one thing — MerleFest is just around the corner. While the event is famous for the incredible musical acts that perform each year, hanging out at the various campsites around the festival can be every bit as memorable. By Bailey Faulkner
Apr. 18, 2016. Think it takes a full band to make irresistibly dancey grooves? Think again, because dynamic duo The Hornitz is the “biggest, baddest party-funk experience you’ve never heard in your life!” The party-loving duo will perform at Murphy’s on Wednesday, April 20. By Bailey Faulkner
Apr. 15, 2016. Clear all of your plans for Thursday, April 21 — Mipso will return to Legends to show how “renegade traditionalists” interpret Appalachian music. Before Mipso takes the stage, local favorite Kate Rhudy will kick off the night with her “sad river folk” music. By Bailey Faulkner – Photo Courtesy of ideastations.org
Apr. 15, 2016. Boone Saloon is the place to be on Friday, April 22 — “prog rock-funk fusion” quintet Eminence Ensemble is coming to Boone for an unforgettable night of music. Will Bradford’s “longtime independent cult alt-rock project” SeepeopleS will be the night’s opening act. By Bailey Faulkner
Apr. 7, 2016. Watch out Boone — Greensboro’s “six-piece jam machine” The Mantras will break out the grooves at Boone Saloon on Wednesday, April 20. The Boone regulars have played to a packed Boone Saloon numerous times over the years. By Bailey Faulkner
Mar. 31, 2016. The Ashe County Arts Council is pleased to welcome to the Gallery of the Ashe Arts Center on Saturday, April 2, Corde Cantanti, or Singing Strings, a passionate blend of percussive accents and singing melodies, both ancient and modern.
Mar. 30, 2016. Do you love hearing and playing guitar music? Are you interested in all things guitar? If so, mark your calendar for April 8–10, because the 21st Annual Appalachian GuitarFest is coming back to ASU. By Bailey Faulkner
Mar. 25, 2016. Think only old-timers play old-time music? Think again, because the young’uns in the Tater Hill Mashers are carrying on traditional High Country music one performance at a time. By Bailey Faulkner – Photos by Ken Ketchie
March 24, 2016. MerleFest, presented by Window World and slated for April 28-May 1, 2016, is pleased to announce that John Oates, a legend of American music, will be joining the official 2016 festival lineup as the final addition. With over 100 artists featured, MerleFest 2016 is living up to its reputation as the nation’s annual homecoming of music lovers! Also announced, Donna the Buffalo will host the much-anticipated Midnight Jam at the Walker Center, and the Jam will be sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation.
Mar. 23, 2016. Looking for some “feel-good vibes” this weekend? Don’t miss out on Wilmington rock-reggae band Signal Fire this Saturday, March 26 at The Local. By Bailey Faulkner
March 21, 2016. Mixing sounds reminiscent of styles ranging from space rock to the Beach Boy’s Smile sessions, the Lexington, Kentucky-based “indie-pop crooner” uses his classical piano training and love of atmospheric pop-rock to create a sound that is distinctly Idiot Glee. If you want to learn more about opening acts Murals and Naked Gods, you can check out their Bandcamp pages. Both bands are sure to be awesome openers.
By Bailey Faulkner.