Don't miss 'An Appalachian Evening', our summer concert series offering an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists. Ten Saturday evenings Late June - late August.
Each Saturday before 'An Appalachian Evening' concerts, we'll feature a different Stecoah artisan in the Gallery. Be sure to come early to meet the artists and view their work.
From 6 - 7:30 pm, prior to each Saturday performance box dinners are available. Feel free to enjoy your meal in the Cafe, on the deck or anywhere on the grounds. No reservations are needed. The fixed-menu dinners feature smoked chicken with two sides and a biscuit.
Other cafe offerings include BBQ sandwich, hot dogs, Yellow Branch cheese and fruit plate, ice cream, homemade desserts, snacks and assorted drinks.
Prior to each Saturday 'An Appalachian Evening' performance, ten people will have the privilege of enjoying a 5:30 pm private dinner with the band following the band's sound check. Tickets are $35 per person. Show tickets sold separately. Seat cushions are included with purchase.
Tickets must be purchased online or in the Gallery at least three days prior to the Saturday concert, and the ticket receipt must be presented in the Gallery on Saturday before the dinner.
Your group (25 or more) can attend 'An Appalachian Evening' concert at special group rates for dinner and admission. Contact the Center for group rates.
Saturday, June 23
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper: An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of Bluegrass music.
Cleveland plays with such fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left shaking their heads in amazement. Together with his band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find. Band Website
Saturday, June 30
Fireside Collective: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. Winners of the 2016 Merlefest Band Competition, Fireside Collective is quickly blazing a name for themselves as a must-see progressive acoustic ensemble. Formed in 2014, Fireside is a group of folk music enthusiasts who blend elements of traditional bluegrass and American roots music with modern acoustic arrangements. With mandolin, Dobro, and acoustic guitar layered eloquently on top of rock solid stand up bass, Fireside Collective tastefully explories the boundaries of roots music. Band website
Saturday, July 7
Buncombe Turnpike: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. Buncombe Turnpike plays a variety of heartfelt tunes ranging from traditional and contemporary bluegrass to gospel and handcrafted originals. With their crowd pleasing demeanor, seasoned musicianship, and powerful vocals, the band has made a name for themselves among traditional and contemporary listeners alike. Band Website
Saturday, July 14
Helen White & Wayne Henderson: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. Wayne Henderson a musical legend known worldwide for both his lightning fast “pinch picking” guitar style and the beautiful guitars, mandolins and banjos he crafts. Helen White is respected as an old-time fiddler and folk singer, as well as the founder of the Junior Appalachians Musicians Program. Band Website
Saturday, July 21
The Snyder Family: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. The Snyder Family features the talents of siblings Zeb and Samantha Snyder from Lexington, NC. Backed by their dad, Bud, on upright bass and mom Laine on harmony, this band has delighted and surprised audiences at venues including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Festival in Columbus, OH, and the Red White and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, NC. 2015 Nominee for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year. Band Website
Saturday, July 28
Salt and Light: 2017 IBMA Official Showcase Artist. From Graham, North Carolina, Salt and Light is an all-sibling Bluegrass band from a family of ten, ranging in age from 22 to 11 years old. Parker, a multi-instrumentalist whose main instrument is the banjo, may also be seen playing the guitar; Daniel holds down the fiddle spot; Morgan plays the guitar; Kyndal plays mandolin; Garrett plays bass; and Norah, who also plays fiddle. All six band members are vocalists, and take turns sharing both lead and harmony parts. Band Website
Saturday, August 4
The Jeff Little Trio: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the mountain flatpicked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. Band Website
Saturday, August 11
Volume Five: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert'. In 2015, Volume Five was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year Award and also a GMA Dove Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" featuring guest vocals by the Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent on the Dolly Parton cover song from their album VOICES. Their newest release, Drifter, made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart including two singles reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart. Band website
Saturday, August 18
Unspoken Tradition: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. With the motto, “We play Working Class Bluegrass”, these five guys from North Carolina have a diverse repertoire of new, original bluegrass music, traditional bluegrass numbers and creative covers, and bring a passionate energy to the stage. Their 2013 album, Simple Little Town, with its live feel and mostly original songs, showcases the band’s ability to keep one foot in the past and one pointed towards the future. Band website
Saturday, August 25
The Kruger Brothers: 'An Appalachian Evening' Summer Concert. Swiss brothers Uwe Kruger on guitar, and Jens Kruger on banjo, team up with bassist Joel Landsberg. Kruger Brothers performances are exciting, calming, entertaining and spontaneous all-in-one, exhibiting their sheer joy in playing music. Although each of these musicians has earned high credit for his skills individually, it is the interaction of the three together which makes their music so uniquely special. Band Website
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