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Arts & Entertainment Last Band Standing champ to play in Sylva Aug. 12

Big House Radio will perfom Friday at the Concerts on the Creek series at the Bridge Park Pavilion in downtown Sylva, N.C. Photo by Walter ArnoldBig House Radio returns to Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek on Aug. 12, and this year, they’re bringing some major recognition with them.

The Bryson City-based quintet won WNC Magazine’s Last Band Standing competition in 2010, emerging from a field of 32 bands to capture the coveted award. The victory garnered prominence across the region and was a coup for the band, which has three members hailing from Bryson City, one from Sylva and one from Waynesville.

Big House Radio’s free performance runs from 7:30-9:30 p.m., and is the 12th in a 15- week series of Friday concerts at the Bridge Park Pavilion beside Scott Creek in downtown Sylva.

“Concerts on the Creek is such a great treat for us because we get to play to our friends and community in a beautiful setting,” says lead singer Tommy Dennison of Sylva. “The stage is great and we are very fortunate to have a community that supports local music.”

Big House Radio will play a set consisting of all original songs. Dennison describes the band’s sound as “original rock and roll music with a crowd-pleasing groove. BHR is deeply rooted in Southern rock, funk and blues.”

Dennison’s band mates are: bass guitarist/ vocalist Jeff Redman of Waynesville, guitarist Aaron Planterberg of Bryson City, drummer Josh Mason of Bryson City, and vocalist Jeremy Hyatt of Bryson City.

Concerts on the Creek are co-produced by: the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Jackson Country Travel & Tourism, Town of Sylva, Downtown Sylva Association, and Jackson County Parks & Recreation.

For information about the concerts, call (800) 962-1911, or go to

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